- downcast or disheartened; lacking hope or courage; dejected
It’s a feeling that those of us who live with mental health conditions know only too well. It comes from the inevitability of finding ourselves back at the at the lowest point of the cycle.
Friends tell us that we are brave, or that we are stronger than we know, but really we are just sick in our souls. Such words of encouragement, no matter how well intentioned, are merely empty sounds; they have no power to penetrate the dark place at the centre of our being.
We know, even during our better times, that the bad times will almost certainly return. This casts a constant shadow, colouring our thoughts and feelings.
It’s always there. It is a shadow that needs no light to cast it.