“… because you don’t wear depression like a necklace or put on anxiety like a hat. You cannot spot depression because you become depression.
This is a beautifully honest written portrayal of what so many of us struggle with daily, without anyone even noticing. Without being able to openly talk about it.
Today I was given my first prescription medication for anxiety. I’m 28 years old and have dealt with some sort of anxiety for a good portion of my adult life. However, today was the first time I openly talked to a health care professional concerning my anxiety and sometimes depression.
Why did I wait?
Why even after going to school, studying psychology and even obtaining a Masters degree in Mental Health counseling did I feel the need to disregard my own struggle?
Because the stigma of such mental health issues are still present. Because as an adult, you’re sometimes told to “Grow up”, “Grin and bare it”, “Go with the flow”, “suck it up”, and every other cliche phrase many mistake as words of encouragement instead of having someone just listen to you… Just sit down and have a dialogue about what you are struggling with.
It’s easier to not have these discussions than it is to actually HAVE these discussions. It’s tough, but it is necessary.
Every 16.2 minutes, someone takes their life.
It is necessary to talk about these things.
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