This mum's simple picture has a very powerful message about mental health
It has been shared thousands of times.
A mum has been praised for her candid words after her spot about how "this is what depression looks like" has gone viral.
Brittany Ernsperger, who runs The Relatable Mom blog, began the post by explaining how she lives with depression and anxiety.
"This is what depression looks like.
"No. Not the clean dishes. But that there were that many dishes in the first place; that I’ve gone 2 weeks without doing them."
She went on to explain how a few days beforehand, she had "sat on the kitchen floor and stared at them awhile, while I cried".
"I knew they needed to be done. I wanted to do them so bad.
"But depression pulled me under. It sucked me in. Like a black hole. Rapidly, sinking quick-sand.
"I walked by them morning and night and all day long. And just looked at them. Telling myself that I could do them. Telling myself that I would.
"And feeling defeated everyday that I didn’t.
"Making the depression only that much worse because not accomplishing something that needs to be done is failure.
"Worthless. Failure. Piece of sh*t. Incompetent. Stupid. Lazy.
"All things that roll through the mind of someone with depression. All. Day. Long."
In the heartbreakingly candid post, Brittany describes how she lives with the fear that her husband will leave her; how she is scared to invite people into her home; and feels like she is failing her kids "because for the 3rd night in a row you don’t have any clean dishes to cook dinner on.. so pizza it is. Again."
"And the worst part of it all, it’s not just with the dishes. The laundry, cleaning, dressing yourself, taking a shower, dressing your kids, brushing your and their teeth, normal everyday tasks.
"It all becomes a nightmare. A very daunting task. Somedays it doesn’t get done at all."
She finished by explaining how she wanted to share the post to offer words of encouragement to others.
"Depression is something that 'strong' people don’t talk about because they don’t want people to think they’re 'weak'.
"You’re not weak. You’ve been strong for so long and through so many things, that your body needs a break.
"I don’t even care if the only thing you did today, was put deodorant on. I’m proud of you for it. Good job. I’m in your corner. I’m on your side.
"I’m not looking for sympathy, not in the slightest.
But I am letting everyone know that I’m here for you. I get it. If you need someone to talk to, I’m always here to help."
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