Depression is not an easy thing to deal with. I have always been completely transparent with my struggles on my blog because if I can help one person out there struggling I can find a reason from God as to why I have to struggle with depression. I am currently in school for clinical mental health counseling as well so it's kinda a passion of mine to help people struggling with mental illness.
I have learned a lot about myself over the years when it comes to my own mental illness. I have also gone through a lot of treatment as far as my mental health as well. Plus, I have been on a lot of different medications until I found what worked for me and my bipolar depression and anxiety. I thought I would share with you some of the things I have learned. Depression and anxiety are very hard to deal with at times. It can be a very frustrating process and sometimes you can feel very alone.
Here is what I have learned:
1. It is okay to not be okay.
2. You are going to have good days and bad days and that is completely normal when it comes to anxiety and depression.
3. You are going to get through this no matter how bad it may seem in the moment.
4. You are never truly alone. There is always hope and a light at the end of the tunnel.
5. There is nothing wrong with having to take medicine to help your anxiety and depression. Sometimes, you need something extra to help you. You have a chemical imbalance in your brain. Think of these medications as correcting that imbalance. The same way as someone who takes high blood pressure medications or heart medications as a way of correcting something that isn't running correctly in your body. There should be no shame. You have a condition just like any other condition. Thank god we have these medications to help.
6. You are strong for admitting you need help. Sometimes, that is the hardest step. There should be no shame in getting help.
7. Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression. Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
8. It is okay to feel the feelings and cry. If you need to scream then scream. Do what you need to. Don't keep the feelings pent up. Feel the progression of the feelings it is completely healthy and will make you feel better.