Major Depressive Disorder: the great brain invader.

My diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder, MDD as it is sometimes called, is the disorder I write about the least. Why? Well I’m not sure really; perhaps it’s because it is so deeply ingrained in the other two disorders, Post-traumatic stress disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder that it can either make me susceptible at any given moment and there by making it easier to be triggered or it can swoop in the aftermath, taunting me like a child who likes to poke the bear and get his or her siblings going, loves to see the results and making their siblings cry. A devious sibling can make any moment worse. That’s my depression.

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It can often times be hard to extricate MDD from the other mental disorders because, for me anyways, the source can be ambiguous. For example, when something sets off my PTSD triggers, I disassociate, feel numb to my core and every little bang and sudden noise evokes a sudden startle response. All of these symptoms I have experienced so many times that it drawls the dark certain over my head leaving me in a state of deep sad, a sad that boils up from some psychological cavern deep within.

Sometimes, the darkened dust of depression settles in when I am symptomatic, having continual flashbacks or when I am hyper vigilant. When this occurs, let’s say after I have been continuously startled, the powers of depression force their way into the moment simply because I’m mentally played out from the frequency of being triggered.

PTSD and its symptoms

Major Depressive Disorder, the great brain invader’s symptoms linger long after the Post-traumatic episodes have past, leaving me feeling like a failure, a burden to others, especially as time passes and relief is slow. My energy depleted, I struggle with motivation and self-confidence. But, what I know is this: In an hour, half day,  half a day or tomorrow the overwhelming ocean that its depression will recede and I will once again be recharged and fit to take on the world.

 So, please don’t use up what little energy you have on all the dark days you’ll see, because they will come again,  instead, choose to put your focus on the now and the fact that you have had awesome days in the past. Those good days, they will also come again.
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