Mental health issues are often taboo subjects as you can't always see someone is suffering physically. Depression and anxiety have a profound effect on a person, but because it's not as noticeable as say a broken arm, it can often be difficult to recognize. One mom has taken to Facebook to share pictures of her home, in the hope it may help to destigmatize the subject. Laura Mazza explained in a lengthy post how debilitating depression can be.
"This is what my house looked like for three weeks," said Mazza. It's not bad, but what you can't see is takeaway boxes, laundry in piles, bathroom grime, scraps of food everywhere. This was depression." The picture shows a busy family kitchen that looks lived in, but not dirty. Mazza explained that the snap says more about her mental health at that time than some people might realize. In the mornings, she would wait for the caffeine to hit to give her enough energy to do even the most menial of tasks. In the meantime, she fended off messages from friends, telling them that she was "really good." In reality, Mazza "felt useless, sad, unworthy, lazy."
Not only did her mental health issues affect what she could do around the house, but it also had an impact on her relationships. Unable to muster the energy to play with her kids or take care of her personal hygiene, Mazza often worried that "my husband had enough of my sh*t and was going to leave me for someone better." Like many in her position, the dedicated mom felt like she wasn't good enough for anything or anyone. Despite her troubles, she's determined to let others know that they aren't alone.
"Dirty dishes aren't you. They're not the measure of your worthiness. The laundry piling up isn't you. The takeaway isn't who you are, but most of all, neither is anxiety or depression," the post continues. Since Mazza shared her story on August 8, it's gained 6.7k reactions and over 7k shares. The comments section is alive with other Facebook users sharing their own stories and thanking Mazza for sharing hers.
With depression and anxiety so common, it's posts like these that often help others see the light at the end of the tunnel.