Depression is a downer. It hurts. It presses on thoughts, energy, emotions, and sometimes is might not make sense to you or those around you. It is important not to judge yourself or your loved one, but to reach out for help. There are 24/7 hotlines where professionals are trained to support you and help you find local supports. Colorado has Walk in Centers where you can have immediate access to Mental Health Professionals.
Depression is not one simple end product of one simple event. It can be rooted in complex losses, actions, shame, guilt, and hurts unresolved. Some individuals respond well to medication. Others learn therapeutic interventions that help them challenge the negative internal messages and helps them process past hurts and move toward healing.
It is important that you do not accept the message that Depression markets in your brain. Thoughts that the world is better off without you are a lie! The reality is that you are tired of suffering alone, unseen, your heart gnawed by an unseen culprit – Depression!
Depression bites and leaves a festering mark. It also leaves a stream of lying thoughts that become your reality. Seek Help! Let someone help you challenge those beliefs about yourself. Whatever you have done, or thought or experienced has not ruined you. That is a symptom of the depression. You are worthy of help. Make the call to get support.
If you or a loved one begin to talk about suicide, immediately seek support. Sometimes a loved one may need you to make that call for them. It might not seem logical that someone you’ve always seen as strong cannot pick up the phone and call. Please know it happens.
When they ask for help or hint that they overwhelmed and can’t do more, Listen! Sit in silence with them. Do not tell them why they “should not be sad.” Validate them in this moment, hold their hand, offer a hug, and just BE with them.
Help them make the first call. Depression is not ruled by logic. Depression weakens even the strongest.
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You feel alone, but you are not alone.
It is hard to even believe that there is anyone that truly cares. You’ve made comments to others that you believe are obvious statements of your suffering. It can cause you to feel even more hopeless that those closest to you do not see the pain that radiates through your mind, heart, and body.
Depression clouds our minds, drives our thoughts darker and can be painful to overcome. You don’t have to do it alone. There are so many people you have not even met yet that still want you in this world and have the hope to meet you.
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