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Depression looks like

Depression looks like this.

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Walking out of a successful job interview.

A dispute between my recruiter and the employer led to me losing the role, which triggered a severe bout of depression for several weeks.

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Sitting in Hong Kong airport on a trip to Japan.

My ex was causing some…issues, to put it lightly. Had a great time snowboarding, but as soon as I stopped being distracted depression set in constantly throughout those two weeks.

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Walking over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during a 10-km fun run with an old colleague.

I was miserable at this time with a failing relationship, job I didn't enjoy, and no purpose in life.

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On a bushwalk in Canada.

Left the bad relationship, job, and life at home to pursue my dream of snowboarding in Canada.

Still found some dark moments when left alone with my thoughts.

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Me today, roughly one year and four days since the last photo was taken.

Currently on Day 13 or 14 of quarantine after coming back to Canada to continue snowboarding. Actually feeling really good, despite a few difficult days and panic attacks, but they have been minor.

Depression looks like normal people doing normal things.

I've struggled with depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-harm and drug addiction, to name a few things, for over 10 years.

Mental health issues can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion, or lack of religion.

It doesn't discriminate.

Happy to say, I no longer struggle with these issues anywhere near as severely today as in the past, but it's something I'll deal with for the rest of my life.

Be kind to other people.

Peace and love to you all.

Rob de Valance


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