It’s time for a very flawed, very brief, very reductive lesson in Buddhism.
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
Dang. I still have to write another 84 words, but really that’s all there is.
Okay, let’s try this - when you have depression, particularly chronic, recurring, desperate depression, people out there in the sunshine think it’s all in your head, but it’s really all over your body. Your bones ache. Your joints moan and creak. Your muscles are fatigued without ever being used. Sometimes even your teeth whimper. You suffer. And, you have pain, and none of it feels optional.
It’s very very confusing to feel something that is ‘just in your head’ all over your body.