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Before-And-After Photos Show Drastic Effect Depression Has On Everyday Life

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It's estimated that 350 million people around the world are diagnosed with depression.

While those who struggle with this condition may not seem visibly ill on the outside, depression can have a variety of debilitating mental symptoms that turn common chores into daunting tasks.

Recently, a Swedish Imgur user with depression posted before-and-after pictures of his room to show the world just how deeply this mental illness can affect your daily life.

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The first photo, which was taken while the user experienced extreme symptoms of depression, shows a messy bedroom along with the caption,

I suffer from severe depression and have a really hard time with cleaning and doing other kinds of household work. My room have been this messy for several months beacause i cant push myself to take care of it. But this friday i decided to finally do it!
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The second photo, taken when the Imgur user was in a better mental state, shows the same exact bedroom after it had finally been cleaned up. The caption for this photo reads,

You can finally see that I have a floor! Say hi to my teddy Nalle on the bed! I know its not a big victory, but for me it means the world to just be able to have my door open if people come over. I feel so at peace right now, just wanted to share with all of you wonderful Imgurians! Me 1 - Depression 0!

The internet seems to be in awe of the drastic difference between the eye-opening comparison. Over the past few days, this Imgur post has racked up a long list of comments and over 350,000 views.

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In fact, these fearless photos have actually inspired others with depression to share pictures highlighting their own struggles, like this Tumblr user who posted a similar rendition of the original photos.

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The simple comparisons do a pretty good job of helping people visualize a condition that's often hard to understand, and it really shows those without depression just how crippling the symptoms can be.

Citations: Me 1: Depression 0!' Powerful before and after photos of a sufferer's bedroom reveal the reality of living with mental illness (Daily Mail)