You may have seen Twitter explode this week with people sharing their experiences of depression using #WhatYouDontSee
This is all to do with Depression Awareness Week, and this hashtag is all about shattering stereotypes of what it’s like to have depression, and bring the reality of this widely misunderstood illness into the public eye.
Here are our top 10 contributions from Twitter users from around the world!
The shame still associated with a condition that affects 1 in 5 adults:
Checking who follows you on twitter before sending a #WhatYouDontSee cause even though it’s an illness I still feel ashamed of myself
— Jack Adams (@ChamberKid) April 22, 2016
How depression affects daily life and work:
How even the smallest things can feel like a crushing disaster:
The problems of public perception of mental illness :
Depression isn’t just ‘feeling sad’:
Darkness. When you feel empty, you’re not happy, you’re not sad, you’re nothing, but you just can’t feel anything. #WhatYouDontSee
— Lisa Dorris (@Lisaryan01) April 22, 2016
Feeling bad about feeling happy:
The inherent contradiction of wanting and not wanting help at the same time:
#WhatYouDontSee is the terror that someone might notice something is wrong, and the pain when no one does.
— Ben (@BenTheEpicure) April 18, 2016
You can’t know the struggles people face inside:
It’s not rudeness, it’s depression:
— Lucy Radford (@LMRadford) April 22, 2016
And finally, the proof of how important #DAW2016 is, and how good it is to know you’re not alone: