Unfortunately depression is much more than an emotional state. It's a mental illness in a way, it grows deep into you and doesn't let you go forward. You can't just shake it off by thinking "Well, nothing I can do about my acne, so I'll just put a smile on my face and live happily". And I'm pretty sure many of us are dealing with a lot more than just anxiety about our skins. Some of us had to literally say no to their dreams (including me) and not because the lack of self-confidence but because of the physicall impossibility. Alright, time to move on you'd say. But everyone has their our pace and understanding when they're done grieving and can deal with life again. I was pretending to myself, that I'm one of the strong ones but it fell flat.
The truth is that you won't be OK if you haven't glued all the pieces of yourself together. The spectacle will be over and the consequences - devastating.
People need to be true to themselves.
Yes, I agree. It's easy for a person with stable/normal mental health to say "just put a smile on your face and forget about your depression" but to a person with a genuine mental health disorder that's absolutely impossible. Depression is not an attitude choice - there's a difference in feeling bummed out and being clinically depressed. Two completely different things.
I don't think people understand that how you cope with things in your life is directly related to your mental health which is very complex.