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What It’s Like To Get Diagnosed With Depression

What It’s Like To Get Diagnosed With Depression

By now, we’ve all reached an understanding of what depression actually is — a serious mental illness that can totally interfere with your life, cause unrelenting feelings of sadness, hopelessness and apathy. It’s also incredibly common, especially in millennials. In fact, millennials tend to have higher rates of depression than any other generation.

While the illness is incredibly pervasive, it’s hard to understand its affects without actually experiencing it yourself. What does depression actually feel like?

In this episode of Bustle’s Diagnosis Diaries, a series that explores the health journeys of strong individuals who refuse to be defined solely by their diagnosis, we interview Maeve McGlinchey, an artist who creates as a way to deal with her depression, OCD, and PTSD. McGlinchey has been battling depression since middle school.

“Depression is a lot more than just being sad for a little bit,” McGlinchey says. “It starts to interrupt your daily routine, and you kind of stop being you.”

Over the years, the severity of McGlinchey’s has ebbed and flowed, but she says that getting her official diagnosis made it more bearable — after all, once what you’re feeling has a name, it’s easier to confront it and know that it’s not just in your head. Now, she uses her art as a tool to express her emotions, channeling feelings of darkness into a healthy form of release. She…

What It’s Like To Get Diagnosed With Depression

By now, we’ve all reached an understanding of what depression actually is – a serious mental illness that can totally interfere with your life, cause unrelenting feelings of sadness, hopelessness and apathy. It’s also incredibly common, especially in millennials. In fact, millennials tend to have higher rates of depression than any other generation.



What It’s Like To Get Diagnosed With Depression

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