One of the most significant challenges I faced and still struggle with is opening up about my depression. Yeah, maybe it seems silly for me to say that after almost two years of writing publicly about my depression and anxiety on this blog, in letters to the editor, of discussing it with my therapist, with my friends, and with my family. How, after all that, is it a struggle to talk about your depression? Because depression lies to you. It tells you that you can’t talk to anybody about your struggle because they won’t understand, they’ll think you’re faking, that you’re weak and you just need to man up.
Depression lies to you. Even when you don’t want to talk to anyone it helps to talk to someone.
I went through this cycle again earlier this year. I needed help and I needed the push from someone to get me moving. If you need help don’t be afraid to ask for it. It could be a relative, a friend, or even a complete stranger. There’s a reason helplines and outside resources
exist. If you’re depressed, it’s OK to talk about it.