When you live with depression, it takes supreme effort to put on the mask for the world that you are fine. Even though doing so is exhausting, you drag yourself out of bed and support others or simply trudge to the next chore on your list. Maybe you pretend to be fine because you don’t want to be a burden. Or perhaps you feel like you must hide your pain. Whatever your personal reason, you do everything you can to keep going and look “normal.”

However, depression is a real illness that is both mentally and physically exhausting. The effort it takes to function as if you’re fine can wear you out further. This makes your need for support and understanding even greater. Because others think you’re fine, you silently slide deeper into the dark hole that is depression.