If you have depression you do need help.
It comes as a shock when we realise that we have a physical health issue and yet when it is a mental illness it is an even bigger shock. Despite all the positive rhetoric, mental illness still scares the shit out of us. But depression is more common than you think.
After being diagnosed with a mental health issue people’s reactions are mixed. For some it is a feeling of relief in knowing finally what is wrong with them. For others it is a total rejection, a refusal to believe that anything is wrong.
Mental illness affects us all and I don’t believe that some people miraculously escape.
We all suffer from depression at some point in our lives.
” I am really stuffed” a young man said to me. ” I am completely stuffed.” The day before he had been smiling and playing with my dog but today he was completely stuffed.
That is what depression can do to you.
It can change your perspective on life, one minute everything is rosy and the next everything is shit.
Have you ever found yourself saying “I’m alright really” as you slowly sink into the quicksand that pulls you down into the depths of despair.
When someone asks How are you today? Is your standard response ‘I’m fine thanks’ even if you’re not.
Do you tend to be the ‘Go To’ person when there is a problem?
Do you put off going to your doctor thinking I’ll be right in a few days?
The secret to mental health ( psychological wellness) is to stop mental illness in its tracks by seeking help early. As soon as you sense that something is not right with you, seek help at once whether it be counselling or psychotherapy.
When was the last time you asked for help?
Do you sometimes feel stressed and overwhelmed with responsibilities?
Do you suffer with anxiety and depression?
Are you too proud or scared to admit you have a problem?
Being strong and toughing it out, burying your feelings beneath a happy false exterior is the worst thing you can do for your mental health.
As you admit that you have a problem you give permission for others to admit that they have a problem also.