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“You’re just sad.”
“Suck it up.”
And the worst?
“Get over it.”

I’m not just sad. I suffer from depression
Waiting for happiness’s resurrection.
I can’t just forget it, it’s in me for good
I can’t do the things that I know I should.
I’m not just sad. I’m broken. I’m lost.
I’ve tried everything to fix it, no matter the cost.
I’ve carried a blade just to hold to my wrist.
I’ve carried a dream inside of my fist.
I’ve talked about it, like they say I should do
But all my efforts are stopped by ignorant people like you.

“You’re just sad.”
“Suck it up.”

And the worst?

“Get over it.”
Depression is not a choice.
I'm not complaining here. Don't freak out on me =P I'm just saying, it's not a choice, and people should really be more aware of that.
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HopeaDreki Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
One time, while sitting in social studies, I heard someone comment "I don't get why people cut themselves. I would never do it." I mentally stood up and slapped her, yelling that you would never, ever understand until you went through what they did. In reality, I sat quietly, thinking about how ignorant people can really be. I wish I had said something to her, but I am a quiet introvert who doesn't like talking much :(
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tsubaki-nanaseR08 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013   Artist
i can relate to this poem. alot of people keep telling me that i should just get over a break-up, there's plenty of fish in the sea,  depression is nothing compared to what other people are going through in third world country, and blah...blah...blah... 
nobody really knows what this is like until something terrible happens to them. 
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Phoenixs-Designs Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Student General Artist
So true. Final stanza was the best part.
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blabitallout Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Yes I hate when ignorant people say 'get over it' they just have no idea.
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Lightningwing1234 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student Artist
Ya your right!
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Melanie-sama Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student Artist
The words 'Get over it' piss me off to no limits. I'm not depressed myself, but if I could just 'get over it', I wouldn't be revisiting my psychologist, now would I?
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djhan Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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AnimeCutiePie Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Someone once snapped at me with this all because of how this person had reminded me of those bad times with my mom. She certainly wasn't any better to deal with, not when you have 2 people sharing a place with their own mental lapses.

Even though she's been gone, there's still the small shadow that haunts away and bitterness towards another for them not doing enough.
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AgentAlex412 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
i hate when people say grow up. they don't see that Depression is a major disorder.
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angelichope Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
SERIOUSLY know what you mean, except for the cutting part.
Everybody saying "just get over it!!!" Ah, if only it were that easy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I've tried and am still trying to be a happy uplifting person, but lately I feel depression coming on, and "get over it" hasn't done anything to help!! I know depression isn't a choice, and I sincerely wish you hope and the best with yours, if you do have depression.
Let's hope people can learn from this poem.
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AgentAlex412 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
well said.
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angelichope Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Thank you!:)
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ImBlue298 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Depression is not an easy step that we can easily ignore, it is, true, hard to get over it, but you gotta be confident about it if y'want to make it dissapear.

Or else it'll come back.

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angelichope Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Right, thank you!!!:)
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ImBlue298 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No problem!
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GodzillaKrueger Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Glad I found this.:iconbravoplz:
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so right! Great poem!
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
also liked you on FB. I was number 90. A good number!
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theheartschalice Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student General Artist
EXACTLY !! this makes so much sense!! like i can't just 'stop being sad' like its not a choice you're right :)
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Arisa64 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
That's the thing that pisses me off!!!!! Or when they tell you to go kill yourself and they know how you feel about yourself >:(
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Eunyeou Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student General Artist
I hate it when people do that, or those that you think are friends eventually turn around and say that they can't be bothered to deal with people who are depressed.
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Arisa64 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
It's awful.... Yeah I had a friend who was like I understand, but if you choose to be happy enough you will be... and that's when they're like okay so when you're ready to be happy, we can be friends again. No... it's not how it works
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Sue-Zan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. This really hits home for me. It sucks when ignorant/uncaring people spit out stuff like that. I know where you're coming from. :iconsadhugplz:
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Midnightbiter Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
The things I'd never say...
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Jade-Dragoon136 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good and very true
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Perianth5 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so true
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breaking6883 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:'(
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Artlover435 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This really speaks to me. My parents always say i can to talk them about and when i did the first answer i got was get over and suck it up. And your right depression is not a choice and people are ignorant.
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ChaliceTheif Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Glad to know I'm not alone here with the ignorant parents.
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wuz2blu Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
I really like this! Thank you for speaking for me and so many others to those who don't--many of whom want to--understand! May they learn to recognize but never experience our pain.
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PrincessMiku16 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student General Artist
That's deep~
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QuillScribbles Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ignorant people like this are the ones making mental disorders (depression, anxiety, etc.) worse by not giving the help and support suffering people need. Totally feelin' this.
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KuraiOkamiTenshi Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
This reminds me of when I was talking to my grandma. I started crying and she asked me what was wrong. I trusted her and told her everything I was sad about. She told me I have to learn to get over it. God I wanted to scream at her!

This poem is epic!
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therainbowsshadow Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It isn't a choice, and this is a wonderfully articulate piece you have here. I have no words; only that I understand. :sadangel: :huggle:
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SilviaMarti Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This poem's beautiful... also, it reminds me of The last night by Skillet:

:music: I'm so sick of when they say

"It's just a phase, you'll be ok, you're fine"

But I know it's a lie :music:
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Raqythetimelord Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate how people tell me "to get over it" they haven't experienced it and they don't know how hard it is, I always try to smile and I'm getting pretty tired of smiling but as long as someone can be happy I guess that's good enough for me.
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celarania Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
It's just as likely people have had personal experience with depression and will say that based on their experience or frustration from their experience with someone close to them having depression. Both of those cases can lead to frustration when you see someone wallowing in their depression rather than taking steps to treat or manage it.

A lot of people act like they must be the first depressed person to walk the earth, or certainly the first depressed person their friends or family would have encountered, but that's simply not the case. Oftentimes the first step is choosing to try to treat your situation and that may be the cure for mild depression.

Of course more serious instances do require professional help, but you still need to make the choice to seek treatment.
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Raqythetimelord Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the advice. c:
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Sha-ani Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yep. that's not a choice. the only "choice" could be choosing to feel bad about bad things.
and that means being sensitive. - a depressed person
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AdvancedManga Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
People who say get over it... Had to many people in my life saying that. It hurts when your not depressed and I can't even imagine how much worse it is when your depressed. This might not help but for me, whenever I'm upset or down in the dumps I always look at the sky. It makes me happy how bright something can be and it feels like it's just watching me, waiting for me smile :) Like I said may not help, but ya never know.
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Dogi-Crimson Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've heard this too.... the worst I've heard so far however was "You are just being lazy, you don't really want to kill yourself". Yeah. I don't. Those trips I've had into hospital for stomach-flush? It's alllll my imagination, isn't it?
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sinfullrose Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
You know..... i've been hearing that a lot..... "Get over it". i love this.
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EozRedavni Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student Artist
What I find interesting is if it's a choice why would people choose that? No one would want to be depressed :c
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celarania Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
It's not completely out of the person's control in a lot of cases, much like people who are severely overweight. There are some people who have difficult to treat medical conditions that leave them overweight with few options. However, most of people could lose weight, but it's very, very difficult. In the same way, many people with depression can start taking steps to remedy their problems, but it is HARD. It takes a ton of willpower which is in short supply when you're suffering from depression.

Not many people would choose to be overweight or depressed, but it may be easier than the alternative. That kind of depression isthe absence of a choice.
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EozRedavni Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Artist
That makes sense. I hope all the people trying to overcome being overweight or depressed succeed...
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SapphiraTheMongoose Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Love
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EdisCole17 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
love
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kreedantillesordo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I completely agree with the thoughts composed in your poem Mikki...Most people may mean well, but it takes a lot to make them understand...Depression is not a choice!
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Dark-Sunlight72 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
I haven't had anyone tell me to suck it up and get over it, but it doesn't come across them that I have depression. It's brain chemistry, yes my brain is functional, but it's just wired differently. It's mild, so I'm right under the surface of normal. I haven't cut myself or thought suicidal, but it still hurts.

like I was at work and it was a long day, 9 am to 10 pm, but my boss comes over and tells me in private that I'm not doing a very efficient job, that I give attitude and I didn't even know I was giving. I thought I was doing so well, but turns out that I wasn't very professional about it. And I can't tell if that's 100% true, and they told me that I wasn't the only one and that I'm not in huge trouble, but that still hurts. the sting was killing me. my depression says it's a big hairy deal when really it's not and my self esteem sunk like the titanic, but I haven't been told to get over it, I'm lucky to have support, but it hurts still and it's not my fault.

anyway, to end this novel and my life story, I agree that it's not a choice, I wish I didn't have depression, but I do. I'd be better off without it, but it's just another trial that I am soooooo lucky to have a family and friends who support me. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
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pytryseck Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
this is really good, i can relate to ur poem
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