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  • Emma Lakeland

Discovering the colours of life after the darkness of Depression.

Updated: Apr 9, 2019

The darkness of depression takes hold like a thief in the night, it steals the light of hope that can usually guide us through the normal ups and downs of life.

The usual ways of coping can't seem to lighten our burdens, with patterns of behaviour only serve to isolate us further -alone in the dark. It's at those times for some, an addiction to anything that numbs or escapes the feelings for a while can creep into the shadows.

Depression is so much more than having a bad day or bad luck, or allowing the natural feelings of grief after heartbreak, loss or trauma. It can last for years and feels as if there's no way out, that all that life has to offer disappeared, taken by the experiences that caused the lights to go out. What we really loose in that place is our hope that there is a way out, trust that another person can hold or even begin to understand the shadows we are in, and the belief that we deserve a better existence.

Finding the way out is possible, taking a step in a new direction, perhaps reaching out discovering there is support and understanding on levels that can allow healing capable of helping you to turn the lights back on. Bringing back the beauty of experiencing the world in colours that had disappeared and discovering ones you never knew existed, finding new strengths and wisdom that grow from our darkest moments. These are the things that can light the way forwards to finding happiness, laughter, experiencing fulfilling relationships, feeling life has more purpose, more to offer than just existing to take another breath .

"Happiness can be found in the darkest of places, if one just remembers to turn on the light" (Albus Dumbledoor).

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