Let’s Talk Depression

“Depression is real. And it is wearing me out.” I sent this text one day in 2019. I was afraid because I wasn’t for sure if I told the right person or not. Dealing with depression can be the loneliest and most dangerous state ever. You’re numb. You’re detached. You’re broken. Depression can show up in many forms. Many times individuals overlook the severity of depression because they are presented with a smile, a laugh, a continuation of being able to work but that doesn’t negate that a person is dealing with depression. 

Depression goes far beyond the typical, occasional sadness. This gnaws at your soul. You feel purposeless. And just like I was unaware if I spoke to the right person about this issue so are many others; depression can leave you isolated and not wanting to share what’s happening. Mental health has become such a taboo topic. Mental health conversations are shunned upon causing millions to still feel left out and unprotected and vulnerable to life wiles. The lack of support to end the silence and break the stigma causes many to suffer and be afraid to accept what is happening so that they can then accept the changes that must occur to ensure true healing and wholeness comes about. 

Mental health is a conversation that many shy away from due to societal norms, family structure, and in some cases religion. The pressure of pleasing everyone dampers the maturity of one’s health. But after reading Author, Blogger, Teacher, Counselor, Cherese Allen’s book Win the Battle of Depression: Overcoming Depression with God and Therapy I realized that depression is quite common and becomes common when we allow issues to go unchecked for far too long. We have to get to the root of issues. After experiencing trauma (whether a breakup (like in the book), molestation, rape, abuse, etc.) we tend to adapt instead of being resilient and it is in that moment when we must examine the areas of our life causing us to adapt in such a way that can lead to depression and worse. 

I encourage you all to grab the book. It is a great read. But I also want to leave you with an understanding that your mental health is just as important as physical health. Break the stigma and speak up about what you are dealing with. Accept that these emotions are real. Accept that the trauma took place. Accept that you are not the same person you used to be. Accept that you can heal and be whole. Accept that there are people out there who want to help you. Accept that your mental health has nothing to do with anyone else because you are the one who has to live with yourself the most. For this #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth, dig deep in the areas that are causing you to isolate and retreat. Dig deep and face depression and tell it that you will overcome it. It doesn’t have to be a taboo topic. You don’t have to be afraid of depression. You can overcome! 

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