Donny Goines shares his personal battle with depression to HuffingtonPost.
The feeling of depression can only be described as a suffocating cloud of darkness and sorrow, one that comes and goes without warning. It hovers over me and follows me no matter where I go. I can’t seem to escape it. It pursues me relentlessly.
I think many of us suffer in silence. Depression can become so overwhelming. We kill ourselves slowly with drugs and alcohol, lash out at others or are afraid to speak to someone in fear of stigma and ridicule. I know many will judge me harshly or look differently at me, but I hope this may help someone out there who might be dealing with similar issues. You’re not alone. Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. The thought of my depression helping others brings me happiness. Ironic, isn’t it?