Yesterday one of my online friends committed suicide. It was not what I saw coming at all — Trey Pennington was known for being supportive, helping others and just plain being nice. The online worlds are abuzz with this story and most are in shock.
I’ve been thinking for the last 24 hours “There, but for the grace of God, go I.”
Depression is a disease, not a stigma. Depression shows up in your life in many ways. Depression can be treated and there’s nothing wrong with treating it. But first you have to reach out for help.
If you’re like me you don’t even realize that you are depressed. I thought I was just getting older, and these things were a normal part of life. Then Steve Woodruff wrote this little blog post about depression – and I saw myself in it. I started talking to Steve and realized I should go see my doctor. Here’s some more of my story.
It’s now 7 months later and my days are smoother, my outlook is easily rosy and my sense of self worth is high. Vitamins, medication, exercise and working toward solutions to the problems in my life has made my battle with depression easier.
Read about depression symptoms here.
Then if you see yourself in them, talk to someone. Reach out. Contact me if you want. firstname.lastname@example.org @debworks on twitter Deb During Debworks Brown on Facebook (and you can find my phone number there).
You are not alone in this world. We see you. We are your friends. We want you well. Steve said it best “Maybe you think it’s shameful to admit that there could be a problem you can’t resolve by force of will. News flash: biochemistry does not yield to machismo. Darkness of soul is not something to be trifled with. Get some help.”
The picture is my early morning lineup of soldiers – vitamins and medication that make all the difference in the world to me. Please notice, there’s only one medication and the rest are my Melaleuca vitamins – and there is the solution. Call for info.