In my earlier work-life I used to work at a mental institution where the inmates were people suffering from various mental illnesses, one of them was depression.
My job was to assist in security, support, and well-being of the people who lived there.
The people who suffered from depression and were inmates opened up about their being. But, the people who worked there, and in all other places where you can find humans, are also in a state of depression.
They live under various turmoil and hide the true face of what is under the mask. Be aware, I am not saying that this is bad, nor I am saying this is good. It is what actually is taking place. The hiding.
I have yet to meet a person that is not depressed.
Do not believe the utter expression of the human, she or he has had many years to practice how to hide the inner turmoil. It comes creeping when sitting in a quiet place.
Depression is not only the feeling of sadness, lack of energy, and heavy thoughts.
It is all a by-product of the function of the mind and the thought process. The daily life of a person is filled with sensations like feeling irritability, fear, worry about the future, and hanging sorrows from the past.
This is what we call the mood.
If you look behind the acting, you can sense it. The human will broadcast all of this to you if they feel that you are not a threat. It has happened to me all my life. People I have known for a few minutes open themselves up and start telling me about their superficial problems.
The other day I was at the gym, and I came into a conversation with a younger man. He broadcasted about his job, money, how he lives, social media, Covid, and the impact on his social life, his relationships, and so on.
I could tell that his questions to me were not actually questions. They were a tool of humbleness so that I could ask him the questions he was asking me. The more I opened, the more he did also.
My function was a mirror for this young man.
This man was living under the weight of his own mind, and he suffers from it, which is broadcasted as a mood, and a behavior.
Living with it in society
This man is living a life in society amongst millions that are like him.
They function just fine in the mechanical world as a laborer and a human walking around not harming others physically and he is no threat, yet. When the mind is being bombarded like Pear Harbor, it cannot stay in that state for a long time before it eats you from the inside and comes to you on the outside.
The medicine will work as an escape, and it will probably turn into an addiction. This is a bad long-term strategy.
I have spoken to many people, and if a known situation/state like depression comes up in the form of “hard life”, they tend to say something like: “Yeah, but that’s how everybody does it” or “That’s life”.
It is for them OK if everybody got it,(remember that the story is different behind the words). This itself is an escape from the truth. Like a person who takes too much debt, won’t in the end open the mail because of the fear that lies within it.
The supplements tend to be the solution for the short term. Alcohol, drugs, sugar… All is to escape from the mind.
This escape can only stop for real, genuinely, if the current way of living is not acceptable to him. When this happens, all the substitutes will vanish by themselves. Biologically and mentally. It will happen in its own way, at its own pace, walking its own path.
No convincing will be needed and will never work if he does not want to change from deep inside.