One man’s journey with depression

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Michael MacDonald, whom I don’t know, shared the words you are about to read. His best friend and I went to high school together. I read Michael’s post after my high school friend re-posted it on his Facebook page.

Michael gave me permission to share it here. I’ve made some minor edits only to the layout; no words were changed.

I suffered from severe depression at one point I am not ashamed of it anymore and it’s not nice. People don’t believe me when I tell them because I am always happy and laughing round them and try to make others laugh. At times I do struggle. I can be hard to live with or to be around when I get this way and I know it. I try my best to control it and most of the time I succeed. I manage to get on top of it and control things but at times I break. So if you see me and I am quiet or don’t speak, I’m not upset with you nor have you upset me, I also do not mean to be rude, I may just need a minute to myself or a hug.
So please if you are my friend just bare with me. It’s ok to not be ok, tell someone you’re not ok. It’s ok. Everyone says: “If you need anything, don’t hesitate, I’ll be there for you”… So I’m going to make a bet, without being pessimistic, I wish my friends that you will put this on your wall.
You just have to copy (not share)!!! I want to know who I can count on… And I’m sure it will be less than 25. Write “done” in comments when you do!
It’s mental illness Awareness month –
This is for all the people I know suffering too,
Keep your head up.
Never Forget!

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