This film was made on a 3-day Digital Storytelling workshop in Berlin, December 2016.
With 350 milion people suffering from it, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. And even though it is more and more recognized and accepted, still many would think that you are just sad. Or lazy. Or ungrateful. Or spoiled. Cuz those who have "real" problems don't get "depressed".
Recently a famous traveler and journalist in Poland published a book in which she claims to have overcome her depression with positive thinking and "good energy" only. And this is so annoying and scarry cuz yes, those things help. But if you are in a state when going to kitchen getting breakfast seems like a mission to mars, then hearing all the "you are the master of your own life" crap makes you just feel more guilty and less able to do anything.
It is a disease. When it is left untreated it is likely it will lead to death. And yet still some research say it takes an average patient more than 5 years of struggling with symptomes before actually starting a professional treatment. And when you do get treatment, it ain't pretty.
It took me lots of thinking if I should actually share my new digital story or not, because it is the most personal thing I've ever produced. The reason I decided to it is that I realized it is also very universal in a sense. I was surprised that there were lots of people to whom I talked about my experience who admitted to going through something similar. Seems like most of us being around 30 feel our lifes are not as they were supposed to be. And for some of us this is more than just feeling down cuz it's dark outside. So I want to belive that sharing my story might enourage some people to seek help.
If you are depressed, don't feel lonely. There are milions of us.