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“I Haven’t Showered in 6 Days. I’ve Kept My Smelly Parts Wiped Down. My Husband Didn’t Even Know.”: Wife Paints Raw Picture of Life With Depression

Depression doesn’t discriminate. Nor will it dare be scared off or squelched by your successful career, fancy house, hunky husband, or adoring family.

You can have it ALL, and depression will still ensure you that your mind is in shackles and your life is in shambles.

For some, it looks like being bed-bound for days, too gripped by sadness to tackle the reality of waking up. For others, it’s staring at the overflowing trash and mounting dishes, unable to lift a finger to deal with the mess. It can look like drinking to drown the sorrow; bingeing on pizza and donuts to numb the pain; or partying ’til 4am, praying the distraction will act as a bandaid for the gaping wound inside.

For Ali Claydoll, it looked like not showering for six days.

“This entire shower took what’s left of me and exhausted me,” explained Ali, after she finally mustered up the strength to get in the tub and turn on the faucet.

“Mental illness sounds so cute when you put it on a post with a person staring in the distance saying they’re ‘depressed.’ But depression is more than just sadness,” she continued. “It’s raw… it’s not showering for 6 days… then collapsing in your bed exhausted when you finally do.”

Ali’s viral Facebook post detailing the raw reality of depression has struck a chord with thousands of people who have been in her shoes.

Read Ali’s post in full below, and be sure to share it with the friends and family in your life facing their own battles with mental illness:

“I haven’t had a shower in 6 days.

Today I finally took one, not because I smelled but because my mom took me home and told me to go take one instead of hanging out with me more today.

I’ve been changing my clothes, using dry shampoo, keeping my smelly parts wiped down, but I haven’t had a shower in 6 days.

My husband looked at me and asked why I was home so early and I told him, he didn’t even know, because if you didn’t know, married couples with jobs often take separate showers, and people with depression are super good at hiding it.

I turn the shower on to warm it up, the pipes are a bit old in this house so I take a second to get myself amped for this shower and let my hair down from its two-day old bun.

My hair tumbles down my back in a tangled mess as if to remind me that it too has seen much better days.
I step into the shower with anticipation, my stomach is filled with anxiety like this water will make me melt.

I begin with shampoo through the knotted brambles of my naturally thick and curly hair. I haven’t combed it, oiled it, nothing. My hands fill with strands of dead hair falling from my head.

Depression causes hair loss.
Stress causes hair loss.
Not taking care of your genetically beautiful curls causes hair loss.

Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey is an editor at Outreach. She’s passionate about fear fighting, freedom writing, and the pursuit of excellence in the name of crucifying perfectionism. Glitter is her favorite color, 2nd only to pink, and 3rd only to pink glitter.

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