According to beyondblue, it is estimated that 3 million Australians are living with depression or anxiety. This figure is staggering, but what is even more so is the stigma still attached to depression simply because people do not truly understand it. Here is a list of truths about this common illness:
1. Depression is as real as heart disease or a broken leg. It must be treated with due care as the harsh reality is that it can lead to suicide.
2. It is not something you can just ‘snap out of’, just like you can’t snap out of heart disease, diabetes or any other illness. You cannot just think happy thoughts to overcome depression.
3. Suffering from depression is much different than simply feeling sad.
4. Depression not only affects your mood, but also your energy levels, motivation, feelings of self-worth and relationships. It can be an emotional rollercoaster with feelings of irritability, intolerance, stress, guilt, anxiety etc.
5. Depression is not obvious like a broken leg in a cast. Somebody suffering from depression may still be able to function well at work or study and put on a happy face.
6. Although someone with depression may be able to continue functioning at work behind a smile, simple tasks become difficult. Such tasks like getting out of bed, cleaning the house, checking the letterbox etc.
7. Suffering from depression can make you feel very alone despite knowing there are so many others suffering from the same illness. If you know someone suffering from depression offer your support.
8. Depression does not discriminate. It can affect younger people and adults of every age group and gender.
9. There is no shame in having depression or taking anti-depressants.
10. Suffering from depression is not, by any means, a weakness in a person’s character.
I suffered from depression in my twenties and again at around forty, following the birth of my second child. The first time I was prescribed anti-depressants, but due to the side effects and a chance meeting with an amazing woman, I went off the medication and embarked on a life changing, spiritual journey that led to me overcoming personal challenges and hurdles, letting go of people and problems from as early as childhood as well as profound healing from life times of baggage through Past Life Regression Therapy (PLR). It was cleansing and liberating.
PLR helped me along my personal healing journey and gave me the tools to overcome depression as well as life’s challenges and it can for you too. However, if you suffer from acute depression, a serious medical condition known as major depressive disorder, please seek immediate help and support from your GP or services such as beyondblue (Ph: 1300 22 46 36; beyondblue.org.au) or Lifelife (ph: 13 11 44; lifeline.org.au). Remember, it is not a sign of weakness to seek help, quite the opposite in fact.
Live your best life,