There seems to be a lack of perception
surrounding the issue of depression,
So perhaps things need to be clarified
in the form of a short and handy guide:
Depression is not a shameful affliction,
Depression is not an assumed condition.
Depression is not a wound that soon will mend,
Nor is it a means to achieve an end.
Depression is not a prison sentence,
Nor does it denote an unfit parent.
Depression does not mean you’re a selfish lover,
Nor does it make you a worthless mother.
Depression is not a blithe mentality
Nor does it decide your identity.
And when you’re depressed you don’t spend your life crying
Nor are you obsessed with the idea of dying.
Because a depressed mind
does not define
all that you do –
For you are not your depression
and your depression isn’t you.