We’ve said it many, many times already, but one of the worst things about depression and mental illness is that it has no face. It often happens that your thoughts don’t even make sense to you, and you can’t overcome them because you don’t understand them in the first place.
Writer M. Molly Backes just recently described this issue in a Twitter thread she shared about a symptom of depression that not everyone knows about, but many people can relate to.
She described the issue of encountering a seemingly “impossible” task that seems, at the time, too overwhelming to deal with. To add to that, the longer we don’t do it, the more “impossible” it becomes, and we end up with a whole house full of “impossible tasks”, so we don’t even know where to start.
Backes’ Twitter thread immediately took off, and thousands of people related to it and shared it. She was flattered that so many people found her thread useful, and she shared her gratitude:
If you have a friend that is struggling with their mental health, you can start by reaching out to them first, and you can try offering to cook dinner together or see if there’s anything else that you can help with. Many people in the comments related to Backes’ words, and they added their own experiences to the thread.