Mental Health: Depression Nothing Ordinary About It
There is nothing ordinary about it. Or there shouldn’t be. We need to work together and break this stigma. I am joining up with the Write 28 days challenge. I already missed day 1. Well it seems not making time to write is my ordinary. I tend to let all those other things that I ‘should” be doing like laundry and dishes etc.. pull me away from spending time calm, focused and letting the words flow from my brain to my laptop.
Well I googled my title “There is nothing ordinary about it” and this ad from Taco Bell popped up with the title. So nope my post is not going to be about taco’s sadly. Instead of writing about them I’d rather be eating them. But I gave up Taco Bell with my Celiac Diagnosis.
What is not what I consider ordinary is the increasing statistics of mental health crisis. It seems the numbers are rising and not dropping. I’m hoping that it is because more people have become aware that it is not weakness to ask for help. The mental health stigma keeps many from reaching out.
I heard on K=Love radio today the statistics for those with mental health and the statistics for how many people still think it is a weakness to be depressed. This is so discouraging and depressing to hear that so many people see it as a weakness. I avoided getting help for many years only making my situation worse. I avoided it because of the stigma and ‘what would people think’. That thinking kept me in the darkness and depression state much longer than I needed to be. Yes I still struggle. Yes I still fight those thoughts that tell me its because I’m not good enough, Not strong enough etc.. Do not let those thoughts win.
Depression is NOT a weakness, it is an illness. Don’t let those dark, dreary hopeless days stay your ordinary. Talk to someone. Keep talking until you find the someone who gets it and listens. Don’t let it be ordinary for you to put on a mask and pretend to be fine when you are not. We need to break this stigma. We need to work together and help each other.
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