Alex's Answer

I've never been depressed

Your Question

Why is everyone in the world depressed? Approximately 280 million people in the world are deppressed. There’s no reason for it! It’s so dumb. I’ve been abused by my mom physically and mentally and I’ve never been depressed. And people are depressed just for losing a pet or a significant other? It doesn’t make sense. I just don’t get it. I’ve been forced to grow up and become stronger to handle my moms abuse (me and my dad moved away though so I’m fine now) and I know about money, and stress, and anxiety, but like I still don’t get it. Why are people so sensitive? I feel like I was made to be the perfect person. I’ve always handled the answer “no” well, never cried unless hurt, never been upset when Leaving places like parks or skating rinks, and the only time I was rude was in my head because I hide my emotions. I never let them out. I’m mad, then I journal. I can let them out to Jesus and my journal but that’s about all. Oh and whenever I have an opinion people get upset. Like an opinion isn’t the truth. Its just what people think. Its like if I say “my favorite color is blue” then someone is like “omg I’m so offended blue is a bad color! You’re not allowed to have any thoughts different than mine!” Its so disgusting. I just don’t really like humans that much.

Answer

Hey there, welcome!
 
It sounds like you’ve been through a lot, and we really appreciate you reaching out with your thoughts and questions. First off, we want to acknowledge your strength and resilience in handling the challenges you’ve faced, especially with your mom’s abuse. It’s not easy to go through such situations, and it’s commendable that you and your dad took steps to remove yourselves from that environment.
 
It’s important to recognise that everyone experiences and processes emotions differently. While you may have developed coping mechanisms that work for you, not everyone has had the same opportunities or support systems in place. Depression can stem from various factors such as genetics, brain chemistry, life experiences, and trauma. Losing a pet or a significant other may seem trivial to some, but for others, these losses can trigger deep emotional pain and grief.
 
It’s also important to understand that sensitivity and emotional expression are not weaknesses. Each person’s emotional journey is valid, and it’s okay to feel and express emotions in different ways. What may seem insignificant to one person could be profoundly impactful to another, and that’s perfectly normal.
 
Regarding your experiences with expressing opinions and feeling misunderstood, it’s unfortunate that you’ve come across such reactions. It’s important for people to respect each other’s views and talk through these view’s positively rather than shutting down each others opinions.
 
Childline are here to support you 24/7. You are never alone, and there are people who care about you and want to help you through any challenges you may face. You can reach out to Childline at 1800 66 66 66 or through Live Chat at www.Childline.ie, anonymously and confidentially to talk about anything, any time.
 
Remember, it’s ok to feel the way you do, and it’s ok to look for support when you need it. You’re not alone on this journey, and there are people who want to help you through it.
 
Take care of yourself, and know that all feelings are valid,
Alex

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