Posts Tagged ‘depression’

Talking Helps

Friday, July 13th, 2012

depressionOriginally I was going to talk about the awesome advice of Dr. Neal Barnard in this post, but then a friend posted a very interesting discussion on Facebook and it made me want to switch gears.

I suffer from depression like many others around the world and talking about it is so important.  One person, such as my friend, admitting publicly that they suffer from depression can lead to another and another person being able to admit their own feelings.

For years I was in denial.  Admitting to the sadness that had pervaded my life was a sign of weakness for me.  It meant that I, as a competent and self-driven woman was imperfect.  It meant that I wasn’t as capable of fixing all my problems as I would like to believe.  Years of my life were spent running all over the world trying to escape sadness by filling my time with adventure.  Not a bad thing considering the interesting things that I’ve done, but not really sustainable. Nor did I really connect with  a community that could support me.  I have many friends that I care deeply about but I didn’t really want them to see me in my saddest times.  Perfectionism is a nonsensical way to try to live your life in the face of a reality that nothing is perfect.

I am my own worst critic but I want to find tools to help me accept myself with all the blemishes; knowing that I will be loved, forgiven and accepted by those who truly care.

By talking about these things I hope to help others in similar circumstances.  You are not alone, as I am not alone.