“It’s not good to see people who have been pretending strength all their lives lose it even for a minute.”  ~ Lillian Hellman

Thankfully, I don’t have to deal with depression very often.  I think it’s a misunderstood dis-ease.  I have come to a new understanding and compassion for people who have to deal with depression as an ongoing illness.  Wow.  I mean, I have been depressed from the sadness of loosing my friend and it’s like moving through mud.  I am not my usual motivated, joyful self and it feels like the blahs.

I am grateful that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I know I have to be gentle with myself as I go through this process.  But, what about my friend and many people like her that deal with depression on a daily basis?  How do they find joy?  How can they accomplish any goals?  It makes me realize how incredibly strong and brave they are when they do get to work or an event, depression and all.

Before, I was thinking, ‘just shake it off, get outside, go for a walk.’  It is so much easier said than done.  I don’t know how best to help our friends and loved ones, but I do know they need to be heard and not judged.  They need to be supported with love and compassion.

I do know that exercise and/or St. John’s Wort are just as successful as drugs for mild depression.  Please get a good doctor and counselor if you suffer from this dis-ease and find a good support system.  Eat well, sleep well, exercise and learn to love/forgive yourself.  I remember hearing that depression is anger turned inwards.  I believe healthy communication is helpful and I believe that some people need the help of medication and therapy.

Please be good to yourselves and know you are loved.  Depression hurts physically, mentally and spiritually.

“On a good day I think I’m a relatively sane person with a few frayed wires.  On a bad day I think, ‘Just lock me up!’.” ~ Rosie O’Donnell

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One thought on “Depression

  1. Shelley Moore

    I have been looking into my own depression, where does this come from and how does this effect me everyday. Depression vibrates at one of the lowest frequencies on the chart of vibrations. Anger is a better emotion which really shocked me but now makes sense because I would have never responded in anger.

    When we are truly depressed we believe other people’s feelings are more important than our own, so we shove our own feelings down and suck it up, so to speak.

    Maybe we are really angry about something or at someone by not dealing with it at the time we are left with it and turns into depression because we feel powerless. Another part to this is when we have people in our lives and you know the ones… that no matter what you do or how hard you try to make them happy they are not. You can stand on your head and jump through hoops but they still aren’t happy. Maybe guilt creeps in thinking it is our responsibility to make them happy which in turn moves into powerlessness again and depression. PLEASE know that these people are seriously not your problem, they are their own problem!!!

    Maybe some event in your life has happened that is so hard and you feel that you will never recover from it. Please know that you can heal if you choose to. There will always be a scar but that scar is an important reminder of what we have endured. It is also a thicker piece of skin, it is stronger in many ways but can get sore when we poke at it… so don’t!!! We are not defined by what has happened in the past only by what we have learned and how we choose to live our lives now!

    I understand now and have a choice. How do I want to live my life? I choose my own feelings over others and the hard things that I have lived through are my lessons not my burdens.


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