It is magnificent to take action now so that depression does not destroy your life. I am a member of the Pushing Lovely Facebook group and website. Our mission is to push women writers to be their best. In light of several high-profile suicides in the media recently, suicides in our circles and the suicide of my daughter’s former art teacher we decided to work together to bring depression out of darkness and into light by sharing our own stories. Each person who has experienced depression has a different story to tell. Whatever your story, take action now and put an end to suffering alone. Bring depression out of the dark.
I don’t have a deep, hit rock bottom depression story. I didn’t even think I was depressed. I thought my husband and daughter were getting on my nerves more than usual. I was cranky, but I thought it was because they were just being more annoying than usual. I wasn’t getting a lot of sleep, but everyone loses sleep sometimes right? I was frustrated, but business was slow, my clients weren’t paying on time, so of course I should have been upset, right? Well, I got sick of my husband and my daughter blaming me, telling me there was something wrong with me, telling me I should go see someone. I decided it was time to take action now, so I got information from my professional organization, got a referral to a psychologist and went to see her.
The office was the stereotypical shrink’s office with a chair for the psychologist and a couch and chair for me. I sat on the couch and we talked. I started off coming to see her once per week for two months, then two months of once every other week. The two months of once per month visits. Then, I was all done. We talked, she asked questions, I answered them. I learned some great coping techniques. Some, I am still using seven years later. It seems that my husband and daughter had been correct. There was something wrong with me, I had been depressed. I didn’t recognize it myself, but I needed to take action now and get some help. I am glad I did. My story, like many, has a happy ending. You cannot imagine the joy I get from telling my family members, “I am not crazy, I have papers to prove it!” When you take action now and get help for your depression, you will be able to share that retort with your family.
If you are in a situation where your family or friends are telling you there is something wrong with you, don’t assume they are all wrong. Don’t think they must be the crazy ones. It may be you! Do what I did, take action now and get some help. You will be glad you did. I am glad I got sick of my family complaining and did something about it. My story has a happy ending and never got to be a rock bottom story because I got help. I couldn’t fix it alone. I needed a professional to help me get better. I made the decision to take action now and got help.
Join Pushing Lovely on February 5, 2014 when we work to bring depression out of the dark with our #DayofLight efforts. Here is what the members of Pushing Lovely are doing, check out this list and join us in these efforts:
- Write a blog post sharing your personal experience of depression and/or share resources to help others. Add the #DayOfLight hashtag in your post title.
- Watch the #DayOfLight Google Hangout on Wednesday, February 5th at 11 AM EST. Tweet and ask questions. (http://bit.ly/1ilifbP)
- Participate in the #DayOfLight twitter chat on Wednesday, February 5th at 9 PM EST (follow @PushingLovely, @NotoriousSpinks, and @BrandiJeter for more information)
- Turn your social media avatars black and white on Wednesday, February 5th so we can visually represent all of those affected by depression.
- Share inspiring tweets, posts, and photos on social media to encourage those who are suffering with depression to let them know that they are not alone. Use the hashtag #DayOfLight.
This effort was suggested by my business partner Brandi Riley of Mama Knows It All. Once the idea was suggested the entire Pushing Lovely community joined the effort with videos, tweets, blog posts, sharing on social media and good wishes. Please, get in where you fit in and join us. Also, be sure to check out our resource page for help with depression, found at http://bit.ly/1k22VUp.
In conclusion, depression does not have to be your whole story. It is magnificent to take action now so that depression does not destroy your life. So, the question for you this magnificent day is, will today be the day you take action now to bring depression out of the dark? #DayofLight.