Below, our friend, we'd like to share with you a little story we recently posted on our Instagram page about "depression isolation" that's relatable for many people battling this excruciating illness.
A Little Story About "Depression Isolation" That Almost Everyone Can Relate To
Sometimes, I push people away ... even those I love the most.
The last thing I want to do is hurt them ... or for them to think that I don't care about them.
But deep down, I don't feel worthy enough to have them. I feel unlovable even though they tell me otherwise.
I feel I have to "protect them" from my suffering because they deserve better.
So, I push them away ... as much as it hurts to do so.
I'm not saying it's the right thing to do ... I feel guilt and shame as I know this hurts them, too.
But somehow, I feel I'll hurt them more if I don't push them away.
It's extremely common for people fighting depression, anxiety and/or other mental health issues to push others away - not because they don't care about them, but because they don't feel worthy of their support, and/or to "protect them" from their struggle.
If you can relate, our friend, then please rest assured that you are not alone.
All our love,
The Depression Project Team.