Depression hits hard. One day you're feeling normal and the next you don't want to get out of bed. This feeling can stay for days, weeks, and even months once it starts. The worst part is once the spiral starts, it's incredibly difficult to claw your way back up. There are some things you can do to try and keep yourself grounded to the world instead of just continually falling into depression.
When I was young and dumb, I met a guy that I immediately moved in with after knowing him for about three days. Now, "young and dumb" meant about two years ago since I'm still young, and still really dumb. I took this kindness as a stranger trying to help me out, then as a lover trying to do what's best for me. There was more to it, though, a predatory motive that, in hindsight, I should've seen right off the bat.
I was the girl no one ever expected. The tiny, nerdy girl who always smiled and laughed but always kept to herself. I didn't go out. I didn't party. I didn't do normal teenage-get-into-trouble things. Even when I snuck out at night, it was to go to Sonic or McDonald's. I was boring, but drug addiction doesn't care about boring. It doesn't care about your personality, about your friends, or about you.
Death has always been a tough subject, and we all fear that day when we lose a loved one. That day came to me six years ago, when I got the call that my best friend had died in a car crash the night before. I was devastated, but through this experience, I was able to learn some very important life lessons. These lessons, though difficult, helped shape me into the person that I am today.