When it comes to depression, one of the most debilitating symptoms of the disease is also one of its most misunderstood and highly stigmatised.
The mental exhaustion of getting stuck deeper and deeper into destructive thought cycles, interrupted sleep patterns and the increased emotional and physical toll of doing everyday things eats into the already depleted energy reserves of sufferers.
It’s also a double-edged sword that the medication to treat the illness can further exacerbate fatigue.
And yet sometimes, this inward struggle can outwardly be judged as laziness or ‘just being down’, a response people are perhaps too willing to accept.
As a sufferer of depression, PJ said that for her “‘I’m tired’ is not a complaint… It’s merely a fact of life.”
The thread of more than 20 tweets has since gone viral and she goes on to explain her own personal battles struggling with the “invisible illness”, and why falling asleep easily just is not an option.
Some tweets have amassed more than 7000 likes each and combined they’ve been re-tweeted thousands of times.
PJ says extra difficulties sleeping doesn’t help either and sometimes she wakes up only feeling slightly more rested, likening it to a “battery that has been damaged that never seems to recharge properly.”
She also states that outward societal pressures and misunderstandings about the mental illness further exacerbates the issue.
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It’s like living on a rope bridge swaying in the wind over a canyon while you’re afraid of heights, and hearing, “I don’t understand what you’re complaining about, the bridge is secure. Suck it up and deal with it. I can do it, so you can too.”
— ⓟⓐⓛⓘⓣⓢ™ (@PJ_Palits) January 20, 2018