We sometimes suffer from mental health and we don’t know it. When I was 10 years old I was suffering from depression and had no idea. It wasn’t until I was 15 years old sitting in the rape crisis center, with my new therapist; when she told me I had depression. I wasn’t sure what that really meant nor did I care at the moment. I was more focused on my upcoming trial for my sexual abuse case and afraid of others finding out what happened to me.

I have learned over the last 15 years that depression affects everyone differently and we can all heal from it differently. When I am depressed I can isolate myself, feel sad and plagued with negative self-talk, binge eating and extremely agitated when others may feel none of that.

So how do you know if you’re suffering from depression?

You have to be diagnosed by a mental health professional.

So ask your doctor for a referral or contact your insurance provider to help you find a mental health therapist in your area.

Symptoms of depression:

~Trouble concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions

~Fatigue

~Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness

~Pessimism and hopelessness

~Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or sleeping too much

~Irritability

~Restlessness

~Loss of interest in things once pleasurable, (including sex)

~Overeating, or appetite loss

~Aches, pains, headaches, or cramps that won’t go away

~Digestive problems that don’t get better, even with treatment

~Persistent sad, anxious, or feeling “empty”

~Suicidal thoughts or attempts

Please call the Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255 or Text HOME to 741741 in the US. Or Call 911 if you are a loved one needs help.

Read Mental Health Monday for coping skills to help with your depression.

6 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I feel like it isn’t talked about enough. There’s still that taboo association. Hopefully we continue to have this conversation so people don’t feel so isolated and others become comfortable openly discussing without the negative connotation

    1. Yes there are so many times I was ashamed to share my struggle with depression but not anymore. I think when we share with others then they can say “Me too and this is what has helped me”.

  2. This is such an awesome post! The lack of respect towards people with mental health problems is ridiculous. We are (I suffer from anxiety) expected to just sit around in silence. We need to raise awareness! Good job.

    1. Yes so true. We have to stop sigma because if we don’t we will keep loosing our love ones to isolation or suicide.

  3. This is very timely. A close friend of mine took his own life this year and it was really devastating because no one really expected it. If we knew, we could’ve helped him. Depression should be taken seriously. Thank you for sharing.

    1. I’m so sorry for your loss. It so hard to overcome the dark days when you have nobody to turn to. Just let everyone in your life you are there for them no matter what. That’s what I have been doing the last few years.

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