Bedroom Photos Expose an Important Truth About Depression

September 8th 2016

Laura Donovan

Depression hits, and something as basic as completing a household chore can feel overwhelming. That's why one woman who suffers from depression decided to claim a small victory when she recently cleaned her room, and many others have showered her with support for sharing her mental health journey on social media.

Jonna Roslund, a 26-year-old woman from Sweden, went viral on Imgur after sharing before and after images of her bedroom, which she cleaned following a months-long battle with depression.

Here is the image before she cleaned her room:


"I suffer from severe depression and have a really hard time with cleaning and doing other kinds of household work," she wrote. "My room have been this messy for several months [because I] cant push myself to take care of it. But this [F]riday i decided to finally do it!"

Here is an image of her room after she tidied it up:


"You can finally see that [I] have a floor!" Roslund wrote. "I know it's 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 people of Imgur were very receptive to her images:


Depression feels like "trying to run a marathon when you've been in a coma for years," Roslund told Upworthy in an email. This makes her achievement all the more commendable.

Depression can disrupt a person's motivation to go to work and do chores, among other things. So small victories are absolutely worth celebrating, according to Everyday Health:

"Many people with anxiety or depression stop trusting their own judgment. You can learn to take action when you're depressed by developing more trust in your instincts. Strive to make choices, even if that's as simple as choosing whether to buy chocolate or vanilla ice cream. As you gain the confidence to act, rather than stew over your decisions, you'll get back in the habit of living your life instead of being absorbed in depression."

[H/T Upworthy]