The hardest part about depression is understanding how dark and powerless it feels.
There are ways to make it better, but first there needs to be understanding and space to be not ok. This includes situational or occasional episodes, no one chooses this for themselves. Often young adults have it the worst, and it can get better for most.
Update 03/2014: We now have a post about Identifying & Managing Situational Depression as well as some new resources.
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Best resource for understanding the EXPERIENCE OF DEPRESSION here:
Adventures in Depression Part 1
Adventures in Depression Part 2
(There is also a book on her site.)
My 21 Tips on Keeping It Together During Depression By Rosalind Robertson
“This list will not cure you. This list will not flip on the happy switch. God, I wish it were that easy. The theme here is to not to unknowingly sabotage yourself. All these little things? Like your blood sugar, or watching nonstop episodes of House, or endless Try Harder lectures from your Perpetually Perky sister? They all make dealing with depression just a tiny bit harder than it needs to be. And it’s hard enough, all on its own. ”