How the World is...

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the world is in a constant state of CHANGE...

the world is in a constant state of CHANGE...

change is scary... the brain has to work out how you will survive it...

in order to survive and flourish we need to be able to deal with change...

sometimes you feel ON TOP OF THE WORLD...

sometimes you feel ON TOP OF THE WORLD...

but something changes; you lose a loved one, you lose your job, you grow older, your kids leave home, you fail at something, you become ill

you fill with feeling and become HEAVY...

you fill with feeling and become HEAVY...

no joy, down in the dumps, no balance, isolated, no hope, lonely, cold, shut out, disconnected, in the pits, black dog, slough of despondency. IN THE DARK

you long to go back...

SAD, REGRET, GUILTY, LONELY, LONGING, JEALOUS, ANGRY, BITTER, FRUSTRATED

You are full of feeling...

I want to go back!! Exhaustion

you distract: food, games, work, spending...

you can't sleep: worry, anxiety, spiralling thoughts, endless nights...

you need to move on - let go of the past... but it feels impossible...

you need to move on - let go of the past...

but it feels impossible...

Pull yourself together, Man up, Worse things happen... Grow up, Get over it

no-one understands...

people try to throw you lifelines...

people try to throw you lifelines...

You don't understand, Go away, you have no idea

but you can't hear them... or see them...

THIS IS DEPRESSION...

some stay here for a long time...

some stay here for a long time...

it's cold, dark and lonely. But somehow it feels safe too...

it's cold, dark and lonely. But somehow it feels safe too...

it feels like a fortress... or a prison, or a tunnel, or a black hole...

it feels like a fortress... or a prison, or a tunnel, or a black hole...

and coming out involves ACTION and RISK...

and coming out involves ACTION and RISK...

others can help...

others can help...

but only you can make the decision to move on... and up...

but only you can make the decision to move on... and up...

you may stick your head over the parapet...

you may stick your head over the parapet...

and decide its too difficult. You fall back down again...

and decide its too difficult. You fall back down again...

it may take several attempts... but each teaches you something new...

but each attempt teaches you something new...

You find yourself here HOPE and life is good again...

and life is good again...

you RECONNECT - with life and those you love...

you RECONNECT - with life and those you love...

life is like a wheel... the more times you go around - the more you learn...

the more times you go around - the more you learn...

and the wiser and more resilient you become...

and the wiser and more resilient you become...