a few days ago I posted about my battles with Depression and touched on how it affected me.
well now the dust has cleared I thought it might be an idea to revisit the post and see where I am now.
Firstly I have thank all the messages of support I’ve received about the post, these have come in from comments on here, twitter messages, direct email and even phone calls. the reaction has been 100% positive and also it seems to have also helped some people who were suffering from the condition without even knowing about it, which is fantastic.
I guess the lesson here is don’t hide away, talking does help
I’ve also had a few questions thrown my way so this is a good place to answer them
- Why did I write the post?
the main reason for writing it was anger, over the last few years this condition has pretty much controlled me as I was just too afraid to mention it publicly. I’ve done counselling, I’ve taken the happy pills, I thought I generally had everything under control, but when the cycle of depression hit again and again I knew that this thing had ultimate control over me and that made me mad. so eventually I said to myself that enough was enough, so I decided to fight back.
I guess that post was aimed directly at my subconscious but I had to say it out loud to have any effect, so that meant going public
2. Did it help?
yes I think it has helped, normally these downward cycles last a few weeks or so, but this time I’m kind of over it after less than a week. I don’t know if that’s down to my attitude changing or a direct result of the post, but currently I’m feeling pretty good, so that’s a win
3. Can you help me with my problems?
I would love to say yes but I’m not a healthcare professional, sure I can listen to you and tell you what worked for me, but I can’t cure you. Sorry if that sounds harsh but I’m a sufferer of this condition so I know know my symptoms, I’m not a doctor
All I will say is if you suffer from any of the symptoms of Stress, Anxiety and Depression, go and see your doctor. Trust me they are trained to help and they can put you in touch with other people who can do even more, there are loads of treatments out there and something will work for you. DON’T SUFFER IN SILENCE
4.Are you ok?
yeah I’m doing fine, I think I’ve been through the worst of it and other than a few bad patch’s now and again I’m ok
So to finish off, I just want to thank everyone who’s sent me messages , it really means a lot and to once again reiterate the message,
DON’T SUFFER IN SILENCE
TALK TO SOMEONE