Mum Shares Emotional Post That Highlights 'What Depression Looks Like'
Mental illness can be a difficult concept to understand for people to understand if they've never suffered from it.
Often, people associate depression with feeling sad all the time and not wanting to get out of bed and face the world, but the illness can manifest itself in many different ways.
One mum, who lives with depression and anxiety, has taken to Facebook to show what depression 'really looks like'.
Brittany Ernsperger, writer of The Relatable Mom, uploaded a picture of a pile of washed pans and dishes drying in her kitchen.
At first the post is confusing as all the dishes are clean, however Brittany points out that the huge pile of pans built up over the course of two weeks, showing just how the mental illness can affect her day-to-day.
She explained: "Three days ago I sat on the kitchen floor and stared at them while I cried. I knew they needed to be done. I wanted to do them so bad.
"But depression pulled me under. It sucked me in. Like a black hole. Rapidly, sinking quick-sand."
"I walked by them morning and night and all day long. And just looked at them. Telling myself that I could do them. Telling myself that I would.
"And feeling defeated everyday that I didn't. Making the depression only that much worse because not accomplishing something that needs to be done is failure.
"Worthless. Failure. Piece of s**t. Incompetent. Stupid. Lazy.
"All things that roll through the mind of someone with depression. All. Day. Long."
Brittany also talked about fearing her husband would leave her and feeling like she is 'failing' her children, however she finishes the heartfelt post with an important message.
"I don't even care if the only thing you did today, was put deodorant on. I'm proud of you for it. Good job. I'm in your corner. I'm on your side."
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