Hey GIT Girls! Wellness Wednesday: Why Do I Feel Like This? The Real Deal on Depression is here.
Depression is one of the absolute worst things anyone can experience.
It does not exclude, but includes all walks of life from every ethnicity, gender, religion, to every economic status. It makes you feel hopeless, unmotivated, all alone, and that no else in the world could possibly know how you feel.
Wellness Wednesday: Why Do I Feel Like This? The Real Deal on Depression
However, may be surprised to know that millions of other people actually do, can relate, and empathize with your feelings.
At some point, we all have sad or unhappy moments. But when those feelings are constant or do not go away, it could be a sign that you are depressed.
Depression & Minorities
In the African-American community, sometimes we are made to feel ashamed or embarrassed to talk to a trusted family member or loved one and/or seek professional help. And sometimes as a result, it has the potential to cost us our lives via suicide.
Let’s stop trying to put a race or face on mental illness! It is not a “white thing.” It also isn’t a pretty versus ugly or poor versus rich issue.
It is a human issue!
Depression & Social Media
Social media has become the new wave of how many of us voice our feelings, concerns, and problems. And instead of seeking help with someone properly trained and qualified, many opt to vent and air their dirty laundry to personal friends/associates or internet cronies online.
It breaks my heart to see the countless cries for help with my very own eyes on a daily basis. Does this ultimately fix things?
Temporarily, those unwelcoming feelings may fade with the click of a button, but they often come back because venting online fixes nothing!
How Can I Feel Better?
There are great resources that are available that can be more of help. However writing a tweet or Facebook post is probably the last thing you should do.
A lot of employers now offer Employee Assistance Programs which is a useful service specifically designed to offer emotional support to employees regarding their personal issues.
There are also many progressive churches in the local community that also offer individual or group counseling, which can prove to be very beneficial. You can also try renewing or deepening your faith.
These options can be helpful, and it’s also good to know that your matter is strictly confidential (unless you specifically say you plan to do harm to yourself or somebody else).
Combating depression the healthy way is multifaceted. There is no quick fix. Aside from professional therapy, sometimes proper medication or a combination of both can improve or save your life, aiding you to get back to a happier place.
I’ve Been There Too
Trust me, I know, because I’ve been down this rocky road before myself. Get help and you’ll see that a brighter day is near and that’s what you deserve.
Love & Blessings & get it together girl!