Over the past few days, I have heard many people saying that depression is just wanting attention. That it’s easy to be happy. I heard one person, in particular, say “Just get up and be happy. It’s that simple.” For those who actually have depression, it’s not that easy.
According to WebMD.com depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Some symptoms include (but not limited to) sadness, tiredness, trouble concentrating, unhappiness, anger, irritability, sleep issues (not sleeping, or sleeping too much), no energy, and isolation. Now everyone has days where they’re down, or days they’re sad, but that doesn’t mean that you’re depressed. These symptoms have to last at least two weeks, and occur daily, or almost daily.
Depression is a common illness, but it’s nothing to be ashamed about. In fact, many celebrities suffer from depression. Some of them are Angelina Jolie, Demi Lovato, Sheryl Crow, Princess Diana, Abraham Lincoln, Anne Hathaway, J.K Rowling, F Scott Fitzgerald, Dwayne Johnson, and many more. These amazing and inspiring people didn’t let their depression stop them from making people happy, doing what they love doing, and accomplishing AMAZING things.
Abraham Lincoln had depression. He is my favorite President because he ran for office, and lost multiple times. Even though he lost, he didn’t let that get him down. Instead of giving up, he ran for a higher office every time he lost. Guess what! In 1861, he became the 16th President of the United States.
If you’re suffering from depression, don’t let it get you down. Be like Abraham Lincoln. Don’t give up just because you don’t achieve the goal the first time. If you don’t achieve the goal, set a higher one! God put you on this Earth for a reason. Whether it be to write and inspire people, or help the homeless, or even teach amazing students. You’re here for a purpose. That’s something it took me a while to realize. Don’t give up, don’t quit trying because things get hard. Hey, who knows- Maybe you’ll be the next Abraham Lincoln!