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D is for Despondency

Despondency: "depression of spirits from loss of courage or hope; dejection."

Despondency is a killer. It kills dreams and ideas, leaves unrealised potential unrealised, and holds you back from doing things you used to love. It's the part of depression that stops you fighting back. You don't have the energy or the will, so you let it win because it has stolen your ability to do anything else. It's why it's such a shocker - you can't imagine it until you're in it. From the outside it looks ridiculous for those who are not experiencing it. 'Why don't you get out of the cycle? Go do something else? Stop looking at what you can't do and get on with what you can?'

Last year despondency got its claws into me real deep. A combination of things happened all at once that together felt cataclysmic. I put down lots of responsibilities because I felt like it was the right thing to do, but it left me feeling bereft of purpose and feeling like so many…

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