…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…
the framers of the constitution eloquently wrote in their governing document things that they saw as important acknowledgements for their government. their writings have the same impact today as they had over two centuries ago.
the founding fathers forgot to take in account depression. depression comes like a thief in the night seemingly stealing these rights. worse yet, the rights get replaced with the opposite. the pursuit of death (suicide), captivity and pursuit of melancholy. those wrongs just doesn’t have the same ring but often depressed people face these everyday.
us who suffer with depression must face the challenge to win back those rights. by winning back those rights, victory over depression not only becomes possible but becomes inevitable.
sometimes, depression sets up an encampment trying to beat back every advancement. in that case, allies become a key component to turn the tide. that’s where a solid support structure comes in.
a strong support structure stands in when all rights seem gone, when all hope seems lost. support stands as a proxy and must continually remind the suffering that their rights remain inalienable and can not be taken away, even by depression.
these continual reminders eventually help the depressed person to realize that even they are worthy of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. that’s not the end of the battle though. just because there is recognition, much work still must happen to get from recognition to true belief.
we the depressed in order to form a more perfect health must work with our support and take back the rights that depression have robbed from us. we must work to join the rest of the world and take back the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.