Poem: Depression and I

February 2, 2021

Photo collage by Ollie

Olivia Opara shares the crippling effects of the daily despondency she feels

Will I get up today?
I need to go, I have things to do:
“No. Don’t move”
Paralysed.

Will I do work today?
It’s important, it’s due soon:
“No. Cannot focus”
Devastation.

Will I eat today?
I’m hungry, I should cook:
“No. No appetite”
Starvation.

Will I function today?
It’s necessary, I need to:
“No. No motivation”
Pained.

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This is a metaphorical discussion I have with my Depression daily and some days it’s pleasant as it ends with me getting on with my day. However most days, it’s horrible and ends up with me not even being able to leave my bed.

Depression is so much more than being sad. Sadness is a ‘normal’ feeling to experience but depression is a sadness so deeply ingrained in you that it affects all areas of your life, including your physical health.

Reach out to your loved ones, friends, family, significant others. This lockdown seems to be the hardest one. And remember that you’re loved, valued and cherished.

If you’re suffering right now, you can find support here.