CONTENT WARNING: MENTAL ILLNESS, DEPRESSION
As you can probably tell it has been a little over a month since the last time I wrote a blog post, although I did promise at least once a week. I do have an explanation for that and it also brings us to the topic for today’s blog,
When I was in High School I learned that everyone has mental health, but 1 in 5 people struggle with a mental health issue or a mental illness. I remember thinking that was an incredibly high number of people. I also remember thinking that I wasn’t one of those people. I was just a shy kid who sometimes had a bad temper.
Fast forward a couple of years and these little struggles I had been having my entire life had become a nightmare. I was depressed and I didn’t know what to do. I had isolated myself from my friend group and spent lunch and breaks alone, and I felt like I couldn’t talk to anyone. At times it felt like my life was falling apart and I didn’t know what was wrong with me. That was until I got help for the first time.
I reached out to my family doctor and told him how I had been feeling and he set me up with the help I needed at the time. Asking for help can be scary but sometimes it’s what you have to do get you moving in the right direction. I still struggle, I go through low points. I’m definitely not “cured”, but over the years I have gained the tools and skills that help me cope with everyday life in a healthier way.
When I feel depressed it’s like I almost can’t function properly. It feels like the most basic tasks are impossible like it’s some incredibly tall mountain to climb. As a result, a lot of things don’t get done because I run out of energy after doing the things that are most important. Most things that also should be enjoyable seem like tasks, and a lot of things are almost bland. Some things help, like being around the right people, warm drinks, and self-care. Sometimes these things can seem impossible but once I do them I usually feel at least 10% better, which is something.
So that’s a little bit of my story, I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little better, and I hope this helped someone out there feel less alone.
As always feel free to leave a comment and I will try to respond as soon as I can!
Thank you for being here.