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Updated on December 3, 2012

Most of us have felt sad, blue, unhappy, miserable or down in the dumps at one time or another. Yet true depression is not something that you can simply “snap out” of. During this time, a depressed person can miss out on so much life. Yet, depression is a treatable medical illness.

Below, I recall a time when I realized that I no longer was living in what I called “a dense fog of depression.” I was present in the moment and I could see . . .


People with depressive illnesses do not all experience the same symptoms. The severity, frequency and duration of symptoms will vary depending on the individual and his or her particular illness.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of depression may include the following:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or "empty" feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early–morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating, or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment


I’m here . . .

    Relaxing in my favorite rocker

    Watching the sky cry tears onto the earth

    The trees, they’re shivering, chilled from the droplets

    Birds are chirping

    Relishing in their bathing time.

I continue to focus on the arousing acts of nature

    A dishwater squirrel quickly runs by my path

    Across the damp blades of grass

    Where does she go to sleep

    I really don’t know.

A forceful breeze blows in surprise

    Causing an apple to fall (not far from the tree)

    The wind becomes stronger, the entire surrounding grows dark

    Webs of lightning become the main attraction

    The heavens release every emotion they have welled up

    Thunder roars, echoing throughout the trembling earth.

The energetic barrage doesn’t last very long

    Soon, the sun begins to peak from behind the cloud filled arena

    I try to count the rain pellets as they peck the black top

    Fewer and fewer begin to fall.

My eyes open wider with excitement

    As I witness an artist’s painting of a rainbow slowly appear

    I’m amazed at its brilliance, perfection.

My senses send tingles through my entire being

    My spirit is overwhelmed

    As I recall a time

    When I wasn’t able to enjoy moments like these.

My body, mind and soul are tranquil now

    Enough to experience

    These intoxicating acts of nature.


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    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      9 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Dear Diana,

      Your support and understanding means the world to me. I must admit that I have had a few dark clouds lately. Although I do like storm clouds, that's not what we mean, right? I'm working hard to have brighter days ahead.

      I appreciate YOU and am always thrilled when you stop by. Please take care,


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      Diana Owens 

      9 years ago from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA

      Great poem, Sharyn.

      Depression is all encompassing and to be able to see your rainbow at the end of such an unimaginably dark tunnel is truly inspiring. I hope you grabbed onto that sucker and hung on like crazy until ALL the dark clouds have lifted!

      Thank you for sharing such a private and painful experience with the rest of us. I'm right there with ya darlin'. (:

      May peace, love and happiness be in your heart and soul...always,


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      Sharon Smith 

      9 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello LG,

      Thanks so much for your comments and vote. You give a great example to help understand that true depression isn't something that you snap out of. Thanks, have a great weekend!


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      9 years ago from Canada

      telling a depressed person to "just snap out of it" would be like telling a blind person to "just look harder"...great hub!! voted up :)

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      9 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Linda,

      Thanks so much for reading and for your wonderful comment. These types of moments are truly enlightening.


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      9 years ago

      I've been there, too, when the wonder of the world is realized again after the depression leaves for awhile. Thank you for you honesty and beautiful poem.

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      9 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Ben, Your comments mean so much. I find it a little scary putting myself "out there" with poetry. Comments such as yours help dispel that feeling. Thank YOU!

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      9 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      AWESOME work!

      I'm glad you contacted me and I found these poems.

      The storm is intense, and beautiful, and the calm that follows, revealing the wonderful stillness.

      emotionally written, with power, and grace


    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      9 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Ah, yes Micky, the simple things in life. And oh those cardinals, just saw once today actually. Beautiful! Thanks for commenting - enjoy your weekend!


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      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Very nice. I'm amazed at how a squirrel or cardinal can change our minds or enhance our peace. God bless you Sharyn!

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      Sharon Smith 

      9 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Absolutely "like an awakening from a dark place" when you can finally see things that you know you have missed along the way. Thank YOU Sunnie!

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      Sunnie Day 

      9 years ago

      Good morning Sharyn,

      Very nice hub! Good points about depression. "to be in the present" is like an awakening from a dark place. You described it well and is something we all can relate to sometime in our lives. Thank you for sharing.


    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      9 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thanks Bluestar for commenting. When depressed, so many special moments are lost, even opportunities to simply see nature in the works. Have a great weekend!


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      Annette Donaldson 

      9 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Iv'e been there too. Great thought provoking hub. Good description of a depressive moment, scary.


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