Depression: Why don’t we talk about it? We shouldn’t feel ashamed of our mental health, we need support to heal!
I am going to be honest here, I was very hesitate about even starting this blog and sharing my fight against depression. I am essentially letting the world into my most personal space.
But here’s the thing, this kind of stuff needs to be talked about. So many people fight their own daily fight against depression and feel so alone and even ashamed of it.
But guess what? We aren’t alone. We aren’t the only ones feeling this way.
Even in my rational state of mind, I know I’m not alone. I know there are plenty of other people out there who are going through what I am. Hell, even my own mom fights her own battle of depression. My husband, his mom and dad.
Depression is all around me, yet in those dark moments, I feel so isolated.
I have had women from all over the country reach out to me after reading a blog post. They share their own stories about depression and how they can relate to what I am writing. Its always heartbreaking to read these comments and emails, because I can feel their pain through the computer screen.
All of those emails and comments had one thing in common, though. The person writing them feels alone in one way or another.
I know that its the effect of depression that makes us feel so isolated, but I think the fact that depression is something that isn’t talked about enough, makes those feelings of loneliness much worse.
And with as many people who suffer from depression, I don’t quite get why it’s not talked about more. Or why we are so embarrassed to admit we deal with it.
It’s like society has deemed it to be weak to admit we are fighting this battle.
And that’s just plain stupid.
It needs to be talked about.
Check out these statitics from AllAboutDepression.com
“Depression affects approximately 19 million Americans, or 9.5% of the population in any given one-year period. At some point in their lives, 10%-25% of women and 5%-12% of men will likely become clinically depressed. In fact, it affects so many people that it is often referred to as the “common cold” of mental illness.”
If it’s the “common cold” of mental illness, why do so many of us feel embarrassed to talk about it? Maybe it’s just the depression affecting our rational thinking. Or maybe it’s the fact that we feel we will be judged or thought less of. Maybe it’s the fear of being called crazy.
What ever the reason is, we need to make a change.
And that change start with ourselves.
I started by writing the blog post. Now it’s your turn!
Let’s start talking. Leave me a comment or send me an email. Share your story and your fight with depression with me. Tell me how its affected you and your life.
Start talking to the people close to you, too. Ask them how depression has affected them. Tell them your story. You will be surprised how many people you will be able to connect with and relate to.
And then share this post with your friends and family so they can start talking about depression, too!
P.S. Check out my Mom Depression board for more inspiration, information and resources!