is a world where every thought or emotion is capable of leading to extreme chaos. I suffer from depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. For years I've used antidepressants. Not because I've found happiness from them but because I've gained a lot of control. I am a mother of two young children and strive to give them a joyful full childhood. The last thing I want is my illness to affect them. Unmedicated I believe I would be close to agoraphobic.
I'm in a career of close proximity to people so I fight my natural desire to keep every one away. As A Hairdresser in Southern California for 18+ years I've gotten to know all sorts of personalities. Through their perspectives and experiences I've realized how different everyone is , but on a broader scale they are all very similar. From rich to poor, introvert to extrovert , gay to straight, religious to atheist ,all have similar problems and many different ways of dealing.
Many have dealt with depression yet it took years to finally talk about it with me. I have struggled with depression all my life (even when I was an on-fire christian) but not until I had tramatic life experience did I start to take prescription antidressants regularly. About 8+ years. Now I am I'm ready to admit that I Am mentally ill. I need help with my illness with medication. Fortunately, I don't believe I'm crazy or would do anything to hurt myself or others. In fact, the opposite thoughts haunt my mind daily. Life is so short. What if I lose someone?
The hardest struggle for a person with depression has been to admit it to themselves and others and make the choice to fight it. That's why we need to shut up and start listening to each other. My house is decorated with flowers pretty colors and things that positively affect my mood. I constantly redirect my thoughts on bigger issues than mine. Focusing my thoughts on real issues like Black lives matters, gay rights, women and children's rights. Many clients complain of the stress of redecorating/renovating their homes or how other parents have screwed up. I'm reminded that in their worlds these are big issues. That is exactly why we need to be around and grow accustomed to people unlike ourselves.
Everyday I fight a battle of the mind but a battle often won by my love for my kids and husband. They also help keep me sane. :) Lets be better at listening to people of other circumstances. If we strip away our obvious differences we might be able to appreciate our world and all of its beautiful diversities.
Mental illness is common: According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “One in 5 adults experiences a mental health condition every year. One in 17 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.”
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