Depression Speaks: I Am Everywhere Even In Your Smiles

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You would be surprised with how many people in your life could be going through depression at this very moment.

People hide it like a paper bag over their heads out of fear of being judged, made fun of, seen as weak, or just not taken seriously. Depression should not be taken lightly, it holds us down from our purpose and potential in life. Those who tell you that it doesn’t exist have never experienced depression in their life, therefore not understanding the symptoms and how it’s something that cannot be fixed in a day!

So if you think you are depressed or if you think you know someone else who is, please talk to a friend, a family member, or anyone else in your life that you trust – never overlook the possibility of seeing a doctor for more professional help!! Your feelings are real, your feelings are shared upon millions. Don’t hide it, talk to someone about it. With the right help, you can rediscover your confidence and begin life anew with our undying love and support!

We are right here!!

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avatar_ce5f01b2f0d4_64Illustrated and Written By Colleen Butters
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13 comments on “Depression Speaks: I Am Everywhere Even In Your Smiles

  1. Depression is real. Sadly, in the corporate world, many entrepreneurs and senior employees try to hide theirs. It’s exactly as you said. Depressed people don’t want to be seen as weak people.

    • Ofili

      yeah. Its tough though. Look at the comedians suffering from depression. They make others laugh but deep down inside they are dying. Crazy what the surface can mask sometimes.

  2. I love the illustration and this reminds me of myself at the beginning of the year. I wasn’t depresses, but I was sad and actually wowed myself with how good an actress I was…smiling and saying “i’m fine” to every “how are you” with no one else really knowing how I felt inside…
    We all do that sometimes,we all feel the need to hide our true feelings and put our best foot forward but I think it’s ok to cry, it’s ok to be sad sometimes and let it be known that we are not OK, only then can we really deal with the cause of the sadness and finally smile for real.
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    • Ofili

      Wow … so well well said Frances. We missed you =D

      Thanks for sharing and yes …. it is okay to cry it helps heal the pain. #experience

  3. Really Cool stuff! …True, Depression is like wounds that never show on the body but are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.

  4. Wow! Wow! Wow! Amazing illustrations! You said it right Ofili. Depression is So real! A lot of us struggle with it every day But do our best to ask and hide it.

    I heard of a junior schoolmate who killed himself some months ago just because his girlfriend broke up with him. And he is only 21!

    Its saddening. I think too much “cosmetic behavior ” in society today has helped fuel this. Every one trying hard to pose a picture -perfect life. Just take a look at social media.

    We need to change this. I’ll do my bit, just as you’re doing yours. Welldone!

    • Hello Precious.

      I find catchy that phrase “cosmetic behaviour.”

      The problem with it is that it makes certain members of any community or organization live inauthentic lives – both personally and professionally.

      This is pathetic. I now see what you saw that you said without saying to me.

      Trust your instincts and you’ll understand what I’m saying.

      Keep on movin’ forward bro!

  5. Sometimes we don’t even recognise it for what it is because it doesn’t materialise in a stereotypical way.
    I always felt that it was only Oyibo people that suffered from depression; that it didn’t affect hard-core Nigerians because of all that we go through on a daily basis…little did I know!
    Until I went through some rough times when I scarcely would come out from under my duvet claiming it was the cold weather.
    Thankfully, someone who had been through the same thing talked me through it.
    Depression can be a silent killer and like Precious said, social media isn’t helping one bit. We do need to speak up and not care about what others think; sometimes shame stops us from reaching out for help.
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  6. Awww. This just made me smile. The problem is when you’re depressed, you don’t even want to talk in the first place. It’s even much worse when life is going relatively well for you because that little voice in your head keeps telling you how ungrateful and selfish and insensitive you are and how others would kill to be you. Then you get more depressed and start feeling sad that you’re sad…mehn. Its probably in my best interest not to walk down that lane now. Thanks though.

  7. How true. I saw this graphic recently and saved it to share with a couple of friends who struggle with depression themselves. Thanks for bringing this to the fore, Ofili — we really need to be talking about all of this much more than we currently are!

    I should point out that the “feeling of depression” is different from depression the illness, aka clinical depression (or major depression or depressive disorder). The second can be serious enough to need professional help, including psychotherapy (talk therapy) and/or medication.

    It’s important to note this because the clinical type doesn’t often go away just because someone talks you through it, and people struggling with it get a lot of flack from those who can’t understand why they can’t “get over themselves.” (Like one might say to someone with a fever, right?) 🙂

    Depression is real o. And e no dey look face — or race.
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