50 Meaningful Pieces Of Advice From Adults Who Were Depressed As Teenagers
Depression

50 Meaningful Pieces Of Advice From Adults Who Were Depressed As Teenagers

These adults from Ask Reddit share what they would tell the younger versions of themselves as they struggled with depression.

25. If I could go back, I would tell myself:

  • The best moments in your entire life are yet to come, and they are so worth sticking around for.

  • You will end up having a great relationship with your family; it will take work and patience and some time apart, but you will all get there. It will be better than it ever was, even before all of this.

  • One day your big sister is going to need you. and you need to be there. She won’t get through this without you, and you will be the person who holds it together.

  • You are not a burden. Your family needs you. The world needs you.

  • You will follow what makes you happy instead of what you think people want, and you will end up getting paid to do something you absolutely love.

  • You will not suffer like this forever. You will not ever be in this place again. Not without the tools to get yourself out.

  • You won’t believe a single thing I’ve said above, but remember who you are. Remember who you were before all of this – that is the real you. That’s the girl who loves to read, and sing, and laugh, and will always stop to pat a dog and will always take care of the people she loves. Don’t give up on her. That kid is worth fighting for.

As for what it’s like to be here? It’s a choice. And some days it’s a really fucking hard choice. But it is always the right one.

The sun really does always come up tomorrow, there are always dogs to pat, and books to read, and friends to laugh with, and therapy and the right medication to help you remember all of that.

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