One of the best descriptions of depression we've read.
A lot of people have asked me what depression feels like. They earnestly seem to not know, as if depression were some sort of unfathomable specter.
<p>To that end, I offer the following experiment:</p><p>Make the bathroom cold. Turn on the fan. Leave only a single dim light to diffuse, as if barely there — maybe a flickering candle.</p><p>Stay in the here and now; nothing exists on the other side of that door.</p><p>Slowly and deliberately, strip off each item of clothing, one by one. Focus on each movement of each action.</p><p>Draw yourself a bath. Go all out. Make it the best bath you possibly can.</p><p>Get in. Lie there in the heat, enjoying the comfort. Close your eyes. Wrap your arms around yourself to make the warm embrace literal.</p><p>This is the world everyone else knows.</p><center>\n<iframe allowfullscreen="" class="giphy-embed" frameborder="0" height="240" src="https://giphy.com/embed/26ufgyXT7rODJnqKY" width="480"></iframe> </center><p>Now, still lying still in the perfect bath, pull the drain plug.</p><p>Sit there as the water slowly recedes, as the warm water turns to cool air on your skin.</p><p>Listen to the gurgling thirst of the drain, as your bath gradually transitions to the past tense.</p><p>Sit motionless, as you feel the water being sucked down the pipes. You’re half way now, but there is still some water left, still some warmth you can feel.</p><p>After the last of the water runs swirling down the drain’s rim, sit there for a while. Sit there cold and wet and naked.</p><p>Keep still. Let yourself shiver. Don’t attempt to warm yourself.</p><p>This is what depression feels like.</p><p>It feels like everything good has all drained out, leaving you cold and naked and alone.</p><p>Watch a video inspired by this piece below:</p><p><span class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f03de1e978180fe281285b43bb7bb2d7" style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="auto" type="lazy-iframe" scrolling="no" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AdGqbLfMvlg?rel=0" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;" width="100%"></iframe></span></p>
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