Lesser Known Depression Symptom Highlighted In Viral Tweet
A series of tweets about a lesser known symptom of depression has resonated with thousands of people on Twitter.
Molly Backes, an author form Iowa, explained how to overcome what she calls the ‘Impossible Task’.
She writes that it surfaces when a person with depression is faced with a small task that inexplicably overwhelms them.
She explains that, because this task is never very difficult, and it’s something the person has done many times before, others can find it difficult to sympathise.
And there’s no way to predict it, because the task in question can often change.
She goes onto give some advice to anyone struggling with this symptom, and says it’s important to be kind to yourself and reach out to others.
Backes also suggests how others can help if they suspect a friend is going through this.
Backes full stream of tweets reads:
‘Depression commercials always talk about sadness but they never mention that sneaky symptom that everyone with depression knows all too well: the Impossible Task.
‘The Impossible Task could be anything: going to the bank, refilling a prescription, making your bed, checking your email, paying a bill. From the outside, its sudden impossibility makes ZERO sense.
‘The Impossible Task is rarely actually difficult. It’s something you’ve done a thousand times. For this reason, it’s hard for outsiders to have sympathy. “Why don’t you just do it & get it over with?” “It would take you like 20 minutes & then it would be done.” OH, WE KNOW.
‘If you’re grappling with an Impossible Task, you already have these conversations happening in your brain. Plus, there’s probably an even more helpful voice in your brain reminding you of what a screw up you are for not being able to do this seemingly very simple thing.
‘Another cool thing about the Impossible Task is that it changes on you. One time it might involve calling someone, but maybe you can work around it by emailing. Another time it’s an email issue. Then when you think you have it pinned down, you suddenly can’t do the dishes.
‘If you currently have one or more Impossible Tasks in your life, be gentle with yourself. You’re not a screw up; depression is just an asshole. Impossible Tasks are usually so dumb that it’s embarrassing to ask for help, but the people who love you should be glad to lend a hand.
‘If you have a depressed person in your life, ask them what their Impossible Tasks are & figure out ways to help—without judgment. A friend once picked me up, drove me the two blocks to the pharmacy, & came in to help me refill a prescription. TWO BLOCKS. It was an amazing gift.’
But it’s not all bad news. Backes goes on to reassure people that going through this can make a person kinder and more empathetic to others – and that the secret is to turn this around on yourself.
Her comments really resonated with users, who replied to thank Backes and share their own experiences.
She clarifies that her unofficial term, the ‘Impossible Task,’ may be most closely compared to executive dysfunction, a symptom often related to depression and other disorders. She also explains that someone experiencing this may not necessarily be depressed.
If you think you may have depression, speak to your GP. You can find more information and help at Mind.
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