I have suffered from depression most of my life, and as some of you know, it is no ball room dance. Actually, it can be one of the most difficult and painful things to go through. I found out that although, it can make a person feel horrible and stuck in a dark pitiful cloud, it does not have to take control of your life. Some of you might be saying to yourselves "Easier said than done" and truthfully yes it is, at least for me it was, but still it can be done with the right help and a firm decision to take back control, I have learned to cope with the symptoms of depression.
At some point during my debilitated states, I knew I could not do it alone, I surrendered. Twenty five years ago when I began to experience depressive symptoms, there were moments where the pain was so great that I just knew that something had to be done, but I also had this feeling that I could not go about it solo, which is when I decided to confide in a close relative, soon after that I made an appointment to see a therapist. For me, it must have been one of the best decisions I made in my life. I often wonder if I would even be sitting here typing, if it weren’t for that moment where I found the courage to look fear in the face and make the choice to get help.
An easy road, at all times? No, I really can’t say that. But, I can say that getting the right help from trained professionals and support groups, along with implementing positive things in my life as often as possible, have made a difference in the way I cope with my depressive symptoms. Still, some-days are easier than others, but I continue to fight and move forward because I am worth it.