One of the lesser known symptoms of depression is the inability to force yourself to do necessary daily chores like folding the laundry or doing the dishes. University of Pittsburgh psychiatry professor explained this to TODAY, saying:
People feel very overwhelmed by the demands of daily life. It is kind of a double-whammy. The depression makes it hard to get things done and the depression makes you think that you are a bad person for not being able to do them.
Which is exactly the situation that depressed mother Brittany Ernsperger described when she posted a picture of her dishes to Facebook. The raw honesty in her confession took the internet aback, but in a good, necessary way:
Not only is Brittany honest about her own struggles, but she reminds us that depression doesn’t make us weak, and that if you’re suffering, you’re not alone – she’s there for you, and others will be, too. Make sure that you reach out, talk to someone, or just remind yourself that what you get done every day doesn’t determine your self worth.
And take care of you.