If you’ve ever suffered from depression, you might have found yourself at some point wondering what normal feels like. After being depressed for a while it can be difficult to remember.
A clinical approach to gauge normal is by using a check list similar to those a Psychiatrist would use to evaluate your mood. Some of the questions might include:
How are you sleeping?
How is your appetite?
Are you able to concentrate and do things like read a book?
What is your energy level?
Do you have any motivation?
I think normal holds a different feeling for everyone. For you normal might simply be that you are free from depression and anxiety. Keeping a mood journal may help determine your normal.
I have friends who have suffered from Postpartum Depression and have gone back to their ‘normal’ after a few months. Some of us have not felt normal in such a long time that we forget that feeling. You might be going along just fine then”Wham!” you get knocked on your butt.
So I find myself wondering what does normal feel like? Are ups and downs just a normal part of life? My normal will never be the same as someone else. After all, no other person has experienced exactly what I have, nor has the same chemical make-up as me. We’re all unique.
What does your normal feel like?