Indiana Mom Shares What Depression Looks Like In One Picture And Fellow Depression Sufferers Find It Painfully Relatable

Date November 7, 2018

One of the worst things about depression is its ability to steal your energy to take care of yourself and do even the most basic daily tasks. If you have ever felt so down that you couldn’t bring yourself to do things that normally seem effortless, one mom from Indiana wants you to know that you’re not alone.

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“This is what depression looks like”

Brittany Ernsperger, a young mom from Milford, Indiana, felt so depressed and anxious that she couldn’t bring herself to wash the dishes and do other chores around the house. The mess made her feel even more overwhelmed, making the task of cleaning it up seem even more daunting.

After this had gone on for two weeks, Brittany had a good day and washed the dishes. Anyone who’s ever been affected by depression knows it can feel like an accomplishment in itself.

Brittany decided to share her story in a candid post. She posted a picture of the clean dishes and explained:

This is what depression looks like.

No. Not the clean dishes.

But that there were that many dishes in the first place; that I’ve gone 2 weeks without doing them.

3 days ago I sat on the kitchen floor and stared at them while I cried. I knew they needed to be done. I wanted to do them so bad.

But depression pulled me under. It sucked me in. Like a black hole. Rapidly, sinking quick-sand.

The woman went on to describe what was going on in her mind and how her inability to do everyday tasks perpetuated the cycle of self-loathing. But she managed to break the vicious cycle and concluded her story with a message of hope and encouragement:

Depression is something that “strong” people don’t talk about because they don’t want people to think they’re “weak”.

You’re not weak. You’ve been strong for so long and through so many things, that your body needs a break.

I don’t even care if the only thing you did today, was put deodorant on. I’m proud of you for it. Good job. I’m in your corner. I’m on your side.

I’m not looking for sympathy, not in the slightest.

But I am letting everyone know that I’m here for you. I get it. If you need someone to talk to, I’m always here to help.

Brittany’s post struck a chord with many. It has been shared more than 268,000 times, and hundreds of people wrote how relatable it was and thanked Brittany for sharing her story. Here are some of the comments:

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How to know you may be depressed

Depression is the most common mental health condition in the United States and worldwide. Unfortunately, many people living with depression don’t get the help they need. Some don’t get help because they feel ashamed, some think they don’t feel “bad enough” to seek help, and some don’t even know that they are depressed.

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There is a handy questionnaire that can be used for depression self-assessment. The questionnaire is known as the Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale, and it consists of 20 questions about how often you feel and behave in certain ways.

A total score ranges from 20 to 80. A score of 50 to 59 points to a mild depression, a score of 60 to 69 can indicate that you are moderately depressed, and a score of 70 and above is indicative of a severe depression.

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You can have a look at the questions on the Mental Health Ministries website and take the test here – it only takes a few minutes to complete.

In any case, only a professional can give you a diagnosis, but the test may offer you a clue as to what to do next. If you think you may be depressed, see your primary care provider or a therapist, regardless of your score.

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.