Originally Posted by SeeSaw99
Okay--very simple but pertinent question.
Why do cheery, bright, bubbling with energy people make my depression hit home even more? It's like it emphasizes the sadness and makes you feel worse.
Just a very simple thought. But so true.
Likely 'cos when you are depressed, you really don't have the energy to interact with people. Sometimes the lively, bubbly people are really craving attention, and are very needy in their own way. When you are depressed, you just don't have the resources to deal with them, and they won't go away and leave you alone. It takes energy, and quite frankly can wipe you out dealing with their needs before your own.
Also you are right, it just emphasizes to you how crappy you feel in contrast, and you start wondering why you can't be bubbly etc, making you feel worse.
Just remember that depression is a brain chemistry thing. Just like how some people have diabetes, asthma, or high blood pressure, and some people don't. There is nothing wrong or damaged about you. It just takes time, and effort to get better...but you WILL get better. Some days more, some days less, but soon there will be more good days than bad.
Hang in there.