You open your eyes; it’s morning. You see the light peering through your blinds, and it’s the middle of the week. You overslept because you were tossing and turning all night and now you’re exhausted. You look up at the ceiling, feeling as if you’re sinking into the bed. You know you have to get up and make coffee and start the day, but there’s a giant weight on your chest. You can’t move, you can’t think, you sit up in your bed and tears fall down your face. You just can’t handle existing today.
This is depression.
Clinical depression is a serious mental illness that women experience approximately twice as much as men. Every one in eight women suffer from depression.
There is a stigma that a women being depressed is just a “female problem,” which when untreated can cause serious and life long issues.
For Mental Health Awareness month, I have created nine pieces that express each symptom of depression, specifically in women. We asked women to come forward and express what their depression means to them. One will be posted each day.
Scars is a visual series that is here to express those days where you can’t get out of bed, but mostly for other women to know that they are not alone.
If you or someone you know needs help:
Joey is a Ron Swanson wannabe who enjoys the finer things in life. She is a page designer for newspapers that are located on the West Coast. She enjoys her two cats and Chinese food more than most people. Whiskey and wine keep her warmer than sunshine.