It’s the morning of February 11, 2017. Lester will never forget it.
His alarm rings, he tries to get out of bed, but…he can’t.
Lester’s body feels like a sandbag forced down to the mattress, his mind races, and his eyes well up with tears. The first emotion is fear. I’ll be late for work! Lester attempts to leave the bed. No luck. He calls his boss and asks for a day off for health reasons.
That day turns into weeks spent in bed with thoughts about pointless life, loneliness, and useless work. Lester is stressed. Or, as they say, he has emotional burnout.
And here’s Lucy. Her mornings start with crawling out of bed with nothing but an awful headache. Negative thoughts will accompany her throughout the day: on the way to work, in the office, during her dinner with friends, and through sleepless nights.
Lucy smiles as if nothing is wrong, does her job reflexively, and no one from her surrounding realizes she has dysthymia, a high-functioning depression that causes changes in her body and mind.