Symptom 4: Loss of appetite or overeating.
“I feel paralyzed in both fear and hopelessness. I’ll lie in bed, literally afraid to move a muscle while also beating myself up in my mind for each second that ticks on the clock. Depression is physically debilitating whether it’s physically visible or not. I can’t measure my temperature and show my professor a numerical value proving I have a depressive fever and need to stay in and rest for 24 hours. On top of feeling weighed down physically and emotionally sometimes for no legitimate reason, I have to prepare for disbelief or penalty for being depressed. I see a counselor once a week and have my phone ready and charged in the case that I need to text a crisis text line. I have a mental or physical list of mental health hospitals nearby and make sure I have some form of transportation to these hospitals in the case that anxiety makes it hard to drive. I try really hard not to keep alcohol or pins in my possession because once I start drinking or cutting it’s so hard to stop.” -Anonymous
Graphic by Joey Fisher
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. You can see the entire series here.
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.