depression, a footnote
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erenahthe consolation of verbosity
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Because life will always give you more options than its counterpart.

depression, a footnote

by erenah

growing up, I didn't think I'd actually live

beyond the age of nineteen - and still,

I remain "at risk" according to all the

statistical factors that psychologists use

when they divine what anchors a person in space:

determine what's missing in those that don't stay.

every day, I measure where I am against what's passed:

have learnt the hard way that no anguish, however vast,

persists,

(for all that they've left their scars)

I exist -

and even if, like Persephone,

it is an afterlife I couldn't have imagined inhabiting

it's still a life, and it is mine

and I'm relieved that I'm in it, still,

alive

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LostInMyDreamsCommabassadorDelving deeper into the unknown
9 months agoReply
@erenah I agree. Most of the posts I read are about people in some sort of pain or feeling lost or trapped. I am very appreciative for this community. The ability to express oneself through words and imagery is beneficial to healing. This is a place where you can express yourself and your visions without fear of judgement. I hope the posts keep coming and the positive comments increase. I feel @sydney has created a valuable tool for people who are needing an outlet for all that is within. I love this community and look forward to what the future brings!

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9 months agoReply
@LostInMyDreams @bernardtwindwil thank you! I noticed the steep uptake of depression on my dash and so much of it was about feeling trapped. And heartache's one thing, but I grew up expecting that I couldn't stay alive. And you don't have to stay in that place. Even if that's all your mind is telling you, it's never the only story.

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
9 months agoReply
This was a beautiful travelogue through the mind of a depressive personality and suicide risk. You brought it home to the reader. Only those who have been depressed can truly understand. I can stand outside and keep you safe from yourself, but I will never be able to suffer what you have. Great post and attitude!!!!!

LostInMyDreamsCommabassadorDelving deeper into the unknown
9 months agoReply
It's always good to see those of us suffering from depression and other mental health issues writing! This writing is everything we need. We need to see the pain and the promise of tomorrow. We need to know that others like us are making progress. Thanks for the motivation and the courage to share a part of yourself with us!

erenahBronze Commathe consolation of verbosity
9 months agoReply
@dgandreid ty :)

erenahBronze Commathe consolation of verbosity
9 months agoReply
So it turns out I can't help favouring euphemism over plain truths, so what I ommitted in this poem-thing, but would still like to point out, is that I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety only after I ended up on suicide watch. Then doctors happened because a still rational part of my mind was like 'Yo, try every avenue first because death is damned final', and I did, and now I'm on medication and may have to be for the rest of my life but it's been so, so much better since. Seek help. Stay safe. Surviving is a beautiful thing.

dgandreidWe're a team. Twins. Writers. Artists.
9 months agoReply
Good. XD