What most individuals don't know about chronic depression/anxiety is that the emotional pain from it is so intense that it manifests as physical pain. It also, at times, unleashes a freezing cold within those who have it.
Dear you, if you have chronic depression & anxiety, do not be ashamed. The essences of temporary sadness and conditional stress are nothing compared to the complexities of depression/anxiety. I realize that one must deal with it moment by moment, not to mention day by day. It flows within your souls, oftentimes even beneath your moments of joy. It can sometimes overwhelm your senses so much that you can have moments where you are near emotionless, although numbness doesn't arrive for all of you. Some of you are good at hiding your pain through various personas while others aren't so successful in their attempts at concealment (though not everyone who looks "down" or stressed is depressed or anxious either).
Depression is an agonizing sadness from the past which collides into the present, while anxiety is a raging fear in the present that rushes into the future. Having both is to contend with a hellish entity. Yet many with depression/anxiety are amongst empaths; the most understanding (and often the most compassionate) of souls.
Ps, let it be known that I do not minimize the oppressions of those without depression/anxiety. Depressed/anxious or not, we all have our struggles, equal in their intensity though they may be different in nature.
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