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A woman used a photo of dishes to explain what depression is like
"This is what depression looks like," Brittany Ernsperger wrote on Facebook.
A woman caught the attention of thousands on Facebook after she used an unconventional image — a pile of clean dishes — to illustrate the symptoms of depression.
On June 30, Brittany Ernsperger posted air-drying on her kitchen counter.
"This is what depression looks like," she wrote in the photo's caption. "Not the clean dishes. But that there were that many dishes in the first place; that I've gone 2 weeks without doing them. 3 days ago I sat on the kitchen floor and stared at them 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."
She added that she spent days feeling "worthless," "incompetent," and "lazy" because she couldn't complete the task.
"And the worst part of it all [is that] it's not just with the dishes," the post continued. "The laundry, cleaning, dressing yourself, taking a shower, dressing your kids, brushing your and their teeth, normal everyday tasks. It all becomes a nightmare."
"Depression is something that 'strong' people don't talk about because they don't want people to think they're 'weak,'" Ernsperger wrote in the post's conclusion. "You're not weak."
The post strikes at an important point: Depression is not just a feeling of sadness. It's an illness with wide-ranging symptoms that could include sleep disturbance, physical pain, changes in appetite, trouble concentrating, feelings of guilt and worthlessness, and a lack of energy that makes small tasks — like doing the dishes — require immense effort, according to the Mayo Clinic.
And that point clearly resonated: As of this writing Ernsperger's post has been shared more than 200,000 times.
This type of public confession could help have real benefit, too, according to psychologist Dr. Sarah Matthews, who spoke with TODAY about the pos t.
"It takes away the stigma associated with having a psychiatric illness when others are brave enough to speak up about it," Matthews told TODAY. "People feel a lot of shame and guilt and it helps to hear others' experiences."
Depression is more complex than just a feeling of sadness.
Many of the hundreds of commenters on the post seemed to agree.
"These exact words run through my head on a daily basis," one commenter wrote. "I hate that others feel this way too but it's nice to know I'm not alone."
"This is one of the best descriptions I've heard for depression/anxiety and it really helps to end the stigma attached to mental health issues," another wrote.
Ernsperger later amended her post with a short update, offering support for others fighting depression.
"I wasn't expecting this to get as much love as it has gotten," she wrote. "If you're feeling this way, send me a friend request. I'll do my best to help you or get you the help you need. We'll figure it out together. We can only help one another by lifting each other up. I'm here for you."
Ernsperger did not immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.
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