How I relate to Hollyoaks depression storyline

If you are a regular viewer of Hollyoaks you’ll know Darren Osborne the cheeky, smiley, wise cracker who tries to make others happy regardless of whether it’s done the right way or not.

He, much like myself, uses this to cover how broken he is. And just like Maxine told him “I love you but you’re useless” is something I have been told myself on many occasions. The feeling of being a burden on people is one of the reasons that people bottle up stuff like this and to quote Luke “What have you got to be depressed about?”.

Luke is facing a health issue that to his friends is public knowledge but that is the thing with depression it’s the silent killer and you can appear perfectly fine.

Another relatable point on Darren’s storyline is isolating yourself and cancelling plans something which was recently mentioned in the new leap year trailer with Darren’s loved ones mentioning his non-specific illnesses.

It’s perfectly normal to get low and feel down about things be it love, life, work or something else. It happens. Depression is a lot more than simply feeling low and for me if you have met me you might wonder what I have to be depressed about? I have a roof over my head, I eat regular meals and I have a family. What you won’t know is how I struggle to fit into the ‘norm’ of society I don’t sleep normally as I say every single day what is the point in me waking up at 7-8-9am as today will be just as bad, I don’t really have a life away from Twitter and the internet, believe me I have tried. I have a gambling addiction and obsessive personality which doesn’t make me likable.

Trying to fit into a world and be something and someone is incredibly tiring when all your life you’ve been told you are no good.

Hollyoaks continues weeknights at 6:30 on Channel 4 with first look straight after at 7 on E4.

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