Here’s my testimony. Mental illness is a stigma to those that don’t understand it. There are different types of Mental disorders regardless of the type, you have nothing to be ashamed of. This life we have is full of twists and turns, ups and downs, victories and defeats. There are also hormonal changes we go through as woman as we get older. You, like myself may have both contributing factors. I am a survivor of domestic violence from many years ago. Sometimes we need to seek treatment through Therapy or get assistance with balancing our hormones either way we need to find positive ways to cope. There is no shame in reaching out for help! Chances are someone else is going through something similar! None of us are perfect so don’t let pride or shame stand in your way. I’m happy to report that because I reached out and I’m very happy I did now I look forward to life everyday. The light on these candles are a symbol of hope you are not alone. I pray it will happen for you too.
A Grieving Mother
When you know that someone has depression don't take it lightly. While everyone responds differently pay attention and look for signs of pain. He needed help that I couldn't provide. Let us take away the stigma of counseling, therapy, and mental illness so that people don't have to feel embarrassed to get help. Isaiah tried to handle his depression on his own because he felt he had to be strong enough to deal with his depression. It was too much for him to bear alone. If you get the feeling to call someone who is suffering from depression don't rationalize reasons not to call, just call, text, or if you can drop by to let them know you are thinking of them. My son knew he was struggling and I let him try to handle it on his own instead of reaching out to friends and family to express their love for him and seeking professional help. Learn from my mistake. Listen and love those in your life enough to get them the help they need. Don't let another person suffer in silence.
Beyond my diagnosis
I am a Life Coach & Advocate that suffered from anxiety, depression, and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) my life was like riding a roller coaster in a horror movie at top speed! When I received my diagnosis being such an optimist I refuse to identify with it. When I came to my senses which didn't take long, interrupted by my youngest daughter before attempting to take my own life was my divine wake up call! God showed me He had a greater plan for me. I began to search out his plan by seeking treatment spiritually & emotionally. Before I knew it I was sold on this new concept of "I was purposed to live and not die". I continued to build myself daily applying anything that added value to the new transformed me. I realized that Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) & Jesus (My Savior) was a customized Treatment plan and ultimate cure for my situation. I had no more shame! I became the billboard for what living beyond your diagnosis looked like for real. I began to live beyond my diagnosis. Now it's my life mission to continue and help others on their path of healing and living an abundant life beyond their diagnosis. With God all things are possible!
Hear my pain... yes there is pain from every ounce of my body can you not hear it?
It's sound is so loud like thunder in the clouds the sound is piercing to my own ears how can you not hear it?
How can you not hear my screams and my soul crying out for help?
How can you not see my eyes protruding out with flames of pain and agony?
Are you going deaf are you going blind the speakers in my soul are up
to volume 99 why can't you not hear what's going on within?... I might not say it but I'm suffering!!!
Please pay attention to those that are around you, some display the signs of depression
but don't speak up so they go unnoticed and fade away!!!
And end up forever Mute and unheard...
So let's look out for everyone and stop depression!!
So many people are suffering in silence, we need to look out for one another...
check in with that one person... your call could be just what is needed!!!!!
National Mental Health Hotline
Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
NAMI Help Line: 1-800-950-6264