A Silent Killer

It’s easy to judge, to look at a person from afar and form an opinion on them. But stop and think. You rarely know the whole picture, you don’t know what goes on behind closed doors, what difficulties they are facing. Masks are worn and the truth is concealed. We play the ‘I’m fine’ game when our worlds are falling apart. Depression is often an invisible, silent killer. But the signs are there if we care enough to look closer.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 15 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

34 thoughts on “A Silent Killer

  1. My depression right now is not recognizable, because I’m not displaying the classic symptoms. If anything, I’m doing all I can to hide it, because I don’t want to answer any questions. Sometimes it’s easier to fake being well than to admit the truth.

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  2. I read somewhere once that most of the time our view of other people and their lives is like looking at them through a drinking straw. We only ever see a tiny sliver of who the other person truly is. Thanks for this good, timely reminder.

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  3. I have always had anxiety and OCD but since my mother died two years ago ( through suicide , from depression), I have been sleeping in and out of depression. So, I can totally relate to this post. Before that I was quick to judge.

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  4. I really like the drinking straw analogy, too… To share another, I once read an article that said: if someone is behaving badly, try to consider whether they are really like that all the time, or whether they’re they’re struggling with something difficult, like the triggers that FF has listed in his blogpost. Think of yourself on your worst day and ask whether you might come across to others as a tw** when you, too, are struggling. It’s a bit easier to cut the other person a bit of slack then, although it does require some quick mental gymnastics!

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