I tried to stay off social media today. As much as I support the cause, it is a hard day for me. I still live in fear of falling back into depression and anxiety. Yet, I find myself having to post an hour before midnight.
I personally still have days where I lock myself in my room. They are few but they still happen. I still break down when I think about how my life changed, and I still get embarrassed about it. I know this is something I can’t control. I know that when this happens, I’m irrational, but it just might be a part of me for the rest of my life.
For the longest time I have felt and said “I’m not the person I was before I got sick.” I thought that was a bad thing. It isn’t! It is a great thing! It has lead me to change my life, and has opened my mind up on what matters to me. I now focus on things that I really love or can learn from.
I couldn’t have survived what I went through if I didn’t have the support of my friends and family. If I didn’t have the courage to go see a counselor or a doctor. If you know someone you think is depressed or that you know has anxiety attacks, reach out and listen to them. It may be an awkward conversation but at least it is a conversation. Don’t leave your friends, family or coworkers to battle this alone, help them to get the help that they need.
If you haven’t already please tweet about #BellLetsTalk and be part of the conversation.
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I had no idea what this was all about until my good friend Google explained it all to me. Oh how I wish we had something like this in the UK.
7 years ago, I laughed at the mention of stress and depression and panic attacks/anxiety, I guess now the laugh is on me.
I am so glad that things are finally working out for you. Yes you still have the odd relapse, we all do I would imagine, its nothing to be ashamed of, I openly admit to still having some terrible days, but like you, I am in a better place than I was and thats what really matters.