Dealing with a mental illness such as depression or anxiety is hard. And one of the worst and most discouraging parts is trying to describe your thought processes and symptoms to others when sometimes they don't even make sense to you. It can be an extremely lonely feeling.
Writer, M. Molly Backes understands that feeling, and she decided to start a Twitter thread describing one of the lesser spoken about symptoms of depression. It's a symptom that is not often spoken about, but one that many can relate to.
The writer describes it as the “Impossible Task."
What does she mean by this? Well, she's not talking about a literally impossible task. She's talking about a task that is most likely quite minor. Perhaps it's taking a shower, or completing a simple chore. But to the person suffering from depression, that task seems completely overwhelming, and it can become more and more difficult the longer that task is put off. And before you know it, you become crushed under a pile of impossible tasks.
Scroll down to read through the writer's explanation.
There is actually a proper name for this, which is executive dysfunction. It is a key symptom of disorders such as ADHD and autism, however it can also be brought on by other mental illness, stress and trauma.
Executive function is the ability to prioritize tasks and make plans etc. So when it doesn't work well, performing simple tasks can feel completely overwhelming.
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