You might have preconceived notions about what someone suffering from depression "looks" like, but the reality is probably far from what you imagined. Depression comes in all shape and sizes, it doesn't discriminate by race or age and wealth and poverty cannot escape its grasp.
One Imgur user, usertoof***ingbusyandviceversa, recently uploaded two very different pictures of their room to illustrate what it's like to live with depression. The "before" picture shows their room in complete disarray, explaining "I suffer from severe depression and have a really hard time with cleaning and doing other kinds of household work. My room have been this messy for several months because [sic] i cant push myself to take care of it."
Depression affects people in different ways, so something as little as cleaning your room can be monumental to some. The Imgur user went on to explain that "I know its not a big victory, but for me it means the world to just be able to have my door open if people come over. I feel so at peace right now, just wanted to share with all of you wonderful imgurians!"
"Today was a good day, even though I did not have fun. I did the necessary. The top photo is what happens when your days bleed into each other and you keep putting things off because of lethargy and sadness. And the bottom is what happens when you decide enough is enough."
Imgur user diahnotjed uploaded this selfie of himself in his work clothes, but the truth behind this picture sheds light to the battle fought against depression.
"After and loosing [sic] basically my life today is day one of a new life. I lost everything in my house thanks to a fire, (birth certificate, social security card etc.) became homeless depressed and hooked on drugs. That was 3 years ago, today I stand on my own two feet and start a new job."
One person suffering from depression may not be able to get out of bed, another might not be able to make their bed. But taking the little steps that may seem trivial can make a world of difference to those affected. Otumscray87 illustrated this with her posts stating, "I have gone my whole life hating dresses, until now."
One brave Imgur user shared his truth behind this photo:
"In February, I tried to take my life, but now I'm happy, healthy, and keeping mental illness in check. Most importantly, I am NOT ashamed!
EDIT: Please know that by saying I survived, I by no means believe that I am cured. I still have depression. But, after 8 years, it is under control. I still have to take my medication and watch for certain things. Just as a diabetic can live a long, productive, happy life while still being diabetic, I believe I can do the same while still have depression."