Woman Suffering From Depression Explains What It's Truly Like To Live With An Invisible Illness

by Stephanie

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.

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The Impossible Task

The Impossible Task
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Depression is an a**hole!

Depression is an a**hole!
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Have empathy for yourself.

Have empathy for yourself.
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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.

The writer was overwhelmed by the response to her original thread.

The writer was overwhelmed by the response to her original thread.
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You can't fix someone else.

You can't fix someone else.
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Hang in there!

Hang in there!
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Anyone can slay a dragon...

Anyone can slay a dragon...
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Many people identified with Backes comments and shared their own "Impossible Tasks."

Many people identified with Backes comments and shared their own
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