This post outlines my personal feelings and experiences with depression. It is in no way universal and should not be taken as such. Please note that depression is not a choice, but something that millions of individuals around the world live with and struggle with on a daily basis. If you are experiencing depressive symptoms, please reach out to someone in your life and speak with a medical professional. If you need immediate help or you just want to speak to someone, call the free and confidential National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If you are in danger, please call 9-1-1.