When do we start?

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When do we start?

Sister, daughter, friend, co-worker, health professional and survivor of chronic severe depression. I think I had depression in high school and it was chalked up to puberty and typical emotions of that time period. Only after my brother suddenly passed away in a freak winter car accident as a young adult did I finally start to seek treatment, but even that took over a year to start seeking treatment and my life was a mess! I have had treatment on and off for years and have hit bottom a few times. Immediate family has never accepted this diagnosis of mine so I've had to go it mostly alone and it has been very difficult at times. Remembering that I'm the only one who is responsible for taking care of myself, and it doesn't matter what anybody else thinks, has always motivated me to seek the help I need to live a better life . . . living instead of just existing.

So . . . here I am! It hasn't been an easy road but then who said life was easy and who doesn't have life challenges?! Everybody has their "thing" that they have to deal with (don't let anybody fool you) and, well, this is my "thing" . . . depression. Is it better to keep your head stuffed into the ground like an ostrich and ignore your issue(s) continuing to live on a slippery slope, or deal with it head on and start living your life regardless of what those around you think? It's MY life and it is up to ME to live it, nobody can do it for me! Here are some things I've learned along the way:
(1) Ask for help when you need it. If you can't talk to family or friends, seek professional help. Realize it's the first step that is the hardest but continue to put one foot in front of the other and you WILL eventually find what you need. You don't know how bad you've gotten until you have sought help, received treatment, and have the opportunity to look back and see how far you have come.
(2) Recognize the signs/symptoms of your depression and don't brush it off, seek help.
(3) Some days/weeks/months will be better than others and that's okay and normal. Things DO get better! It will take time but keep at it! Finding the right mix of therapies/drugs takes time but you WILL find what works best for you if you realize that taking action to help fix the problem is better than staying with a sinking ship.
(4) Take an Integrative approach to wellness. Look at all aspects of your life from work, hobbies, friends, exercise, spiritual needs, foods/diet, to stress management techniques and seeking to find that Balance in all areas of your life.
(5) Seeking Balance. This is a journey not an end unto itself. Sometimes you will have more balance in your life than at other times. Work on your awareness to know when you need to adjust and make changes where needed.

More life experiences to come . . .


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Thanks for this <3

Jul 29, 2014 - 4:47 PM by Esther K

Thank you for sharing your story! I'm happy to hear that you are finding a balance and encouraging others to do so as well! It's very inspirational!

Jul 15, 2014 - 4:31 PM by Courtland L

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