I've been debating writing this post for several days. I know it can be a touchy subject and I don't want to be insensitive to those of you reading this who are struggling with depression in any of it's forms. Please know that I've given this a LOT of thought and feel like it is worth talking about. Please also know that my intentions are pure and I mean no ill-will.
We have all had times in our lives when we've struggled with being depressed about something. It can be caused by any number of reasons which may include a hormonal and/or chemical imbalance, post-partum depression, illness, trauma induced depression, etc. It can be mild or extremely severe and it definitely affects a lot of people.
One of the medications the Dr. is trying me on for my fibromyalgia is an anti-depressant. I have never been on one before and had a very hard time accepting that she thought I needed it. She prescribed it to me because it has been known to help regulate sleep cycles in people with fibromyalgia. After doing a ton of research I finally decided to give it a try. And you know what? It really has helped with regulating my sleep cycles (which have been severely messed up for years).
It has also helped with my mood. I never thought I had "depression". I've known for a long time that I'm struggling with being able to keep everything together. I've known that I am sad a lot and would much rather stay at home than go be with people...and there's more too. But in my mind, that wasn't depression. That was just being overwhelmed. It wasn't until I started taking an anti-depressant and noticed a big difference in how I feel emotionally that I realized/accepted that I really have been struggling with depression.. I never thought I would say this, but I am really glad I'm on it...at least for now.
I'm not saying everyone should run out and ask their Dr.s for depression drugs, all I'm saying is that there is no reason to be embarrassed or self-conscious about it. If anything, be proud of yourself for taking your well-being into your own hands and being pro-active in making your life better!
For those of you who have friends or family struggling with Depression, all I can say is be kind. Love them and support them the best you know how. Don't judge them or treat them like it's their fault. Just love them and know that they are doing the best they can!
"Depression isn't a sign of weakness, it is a sign of being strong for a little too long." I don't know who said it, but I heard it this week from my sister-in-law and really liked it.