Blogging Against Disablism Day: How depression makes everything harder


It makes everything harder. Everything. It puts a wall up in your brain, makes everything you can do have to push up against that wall and makes your brain hurt in the process.

Every person who is short with you, every mistake you make that’s big or small, every moment of indecision and every moment that makes you worry, every failure, everything that can possibly be construed as negative is another brick in that wall. A big brick. Bigger than the bricks that people without depression have.

And all the good things that happen are nothing against that wall. Everything just bounces off of that wall like nothing, like a tennis ball, hitting it before falling to the ground and rolling away. Like nothing ever happened.

But the bricks stay and the wall stays in your brain and everything you do has to get past that wall and after no time at all, you’re so tired of trying to jump it that you just give up.

And there you are. Trying to read and the words won’t go together, trying to write and you can’t move your fingers. Everything you have to process is too much, every sound hurts because you’re so focused on jumping that wall for everything you have to do that the distraction of noise destroys your mind.

And FSM forbid you try to do something difficult.

And when you can’t read, when you can’t write, when you can’t listen or talk because that’s all too much; That’s just another brick in the wall.

So when people with depression can’t do the same things that people without depression can, that’s why.

Don’t say that non-depressed people get walls too, either. You get walls. But the bricks are small and loose, and you can knock them out with good things. You aren’t entirely destroyed when too many bad things happen at once. The world does not end when a few bad things happen; Unless you have depression. People with depression know what the end of the world feels like because we get that feeling roughly every damn week.

I would write more about depression, because I want a good contribution for Blogging Against Disablism Day. But I can’t, and that’s the gist of this contribution. Every word makes me jump this wall, every sound jarring me and every sensation pushing me off course of the next jump, and I need to stop for now. I need to stop and just sit by the wall. Just sit and do nothing.


3 responses to “Blogging Against Disablism Day: How depression makes everything harder

  1. Cipher May 2, 2013 at 12:32 am

    “I would write more about depression, because I want a good contribution for Blogging Against Disablism Day. But I can’t, and that’s the gist of this contribution.”
    And it was no less powerful and expressive for being brief, Grim. Awesome, eloquent post. Thanks.

  2. Thomas Guihen May 15, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Thick slime in the mind so making any cognition unbelievably
    hard and as for actually putting any thoughts into practice
    well that is even harder // Sleep can help but doing that
    and nothing else can get a tad restricting after a while

  3. Kevin Barthelemy March 26, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I’m sitting here today, wishing my depression would ease up, so I can take care of important things. Maybe I should be looking at something funny, cheerful…instead, I’m sitting here reading about others’ pain and suffering. I was going to say “oddly”, but no, that’s not odd…your words here have cheered me up a little. Thanks for telling it like it is.

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