DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT SAYS ABOUT ME…MY CHRONIC DEPRESSION SEEMS TO AFFECT MY SELF-CARE OR WANTING TO. THAT’S BEEN A STRUGGLE FOR ME FOR A LONG TIME!
And now, a few words on a subject bipolar people don’t like to talk about: our reluctance to shower.
I honestly don’t know what it is about performing personal hygiene that’s so hard, but it’s a real phenomenon among many of us, especially when we’re depressed. It just seems like too much of a bother. We’re not afraid of the shower, we simply lack the energy to care for ourselves, and that extends to getting dressed, caring for our hair, even brushing our teeth. And as for actually bathing away the funk, well…let’s just say that it’s the last thing on our minds when we can barely get out of bed.
Look, we know we stink. But it doesn’t matter when we’re wading through the mud of depression. My daughter’s roommate, who suffers badly from it, will literally go months without a shower. And as much as I hate to admit it, I myself have been known to…
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