The thing about depression is that like autism it is a spectrum. Some people can suffer from the blues, while others suffer from a debilitating breakdown that makes living a day to day existence hard. Some can recover with therapy while others need medication and continued therapy to exist.
Our society though has made depression or taking medication something to be ashamed of and to be kept secret. How isolating it is to be told that it's not ok to be sad. You have everything, money, fame security and adoration but it's not ok to be sad or have bad thoughts. That if you are sad about your life or situation that you are ungrateful or bitter. How does that help a person?
Most people who struggle with depression feel alone. The fact is that they are not alone.
Seeking help for depression or any other mental illness is not a weakness. It's actually a sign of strength. Taking medication is a courageous step to take when it comes to taking care of yourself. It might take awhile to find the right medication to help you. It might also take awhile to find the right therapist who you feel like you connect with.
Why is a blogger who talks about running, life with Autism, losing weight talking about depression? For full disclosure I have suffered on and off for the last 15 years or so. I've gone through periods where everything was good, then through periods where I was just not happy.
One day I was done. I didn't know what else to do. I just no longer saw joy in anything. I was just going through the motions of my day to day existence. I got out of bed, took care of my kids and repeat day in day out. I knew I had to take control somehow. Today I am making progress and have a plan for myself. What I want to reiterate to you the reader is that you are not alone. If you feel this way the fact is that someone else feels the same way as you do.
If you or someone you know might be a danger to themselves,
please call the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255.