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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

I'm so excited and I just can't hide it.

Why is there such stigma associated with depression?

Example: if my lungs didn't work, and there was a pill and a form of therapy to help me get enough oxygen, people would be beating down my door to offer their sympathies and encouragement.

However, I have found that when the problem is in someone's brain and the way it functions (whether chemically related or not), the subject is generally taboo.

I've been reading the archives of Dooce lately and it's like she's talking to me. She practically writes in every other post that if you have a problem with depression, you have to treat it. You can't be afraid of it. To hide it is to exacerbate it. I got to the point that I was jealous of her because she was benefiting from treatment while I sat and stewed about being depressed.

Hello? Reality check.

There is no reason to believe that you're a failure because you're struggling with depression. And if you can't overcome it without help (counseling, medication, etc) it's okay.

IT'S OKAY.

You don't have to try to be perfect all by yourself. God provides us with healing in so many different ways: He may miraculously relieve you of your infirmities or He may give you the tools you need to relieve them yourself.

The point is to keep trying and to keep utilizing resources available to you.

To those who haven't been afraid to approach me with their own stories or comments about my situation, I offer my gratitude. To those who are still apprehensive about saying anything, IT'S OKAY.

Take your time.

And stay tuned for a post about shoes.

4 comments:

  1. Liz, I wholeheartedly agree. I don't know why people feel like it's okay to treat a cold with medicine, or diabetes with insulin, but depression should be treated with "sunshine and exercise". Mostly because those people don't know what it actually IS, and feel like, well, I'm sad sometimes, and I don't take anything for it!

    Forget them. :) I'm so glad you're getting help.

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  2. It wasn't until I was in the throws of depression, feeling like I'd never get out, that I heard someone talk about it like it was "ok". Not desirable, but accepted. And I thought "oh? I'm not just wimpy?" And so I talk about my past struggle with depression and the ongoing struggle with anxiety. A lot. And I always think people get so tired of hearing me talk about it, and then I stop for awhile. But then I read a post like this and remember that it's the talking about it that gives it acceptance and normalcy. And makes it ok for others struggling to get help. I drove by a billboard last week that said "would you tell someone with diabetes to "just get over it"?" Loved that.

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  3. Good for you for speaking out. I don't suffer from depression but I do suffer from heavy issues like sexual abuse which has caused depression at times. I actually go to a group therapy which is awesome, yeah its weird to talk about stuff infront of a group but even if you don't say anything you learn so much from hearing everyone else talk about their problems. Anyway I'm always trying to get people to come with me so if you want to check it out I go thursday nights in Draper. Its actually called "healing circle" and its conducted by a medicine man so he uses spirituality and physchology. Just a suggestion. Just know your not alone and we are all trying to find ways to stay afloat.

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  4. It's interesting to see how many people are affected in some way by depression.

    So yes, let's talk about it! Let's make it OK to feel it and live through it and deal with it.

    Thanks for sharing ladies.

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