If you’ve seen the news or read a magazine these days, you’ll know that depression and anxiety are two of the most common problems amongst our society. It’s highly worrying how many people are suffering with these conditions, and most of them haven’t sought out help to minimize and solve the problem either.
It’s terrifying to think that the person sat next to you on the bus could be so low, so down, that they’re considering something unthinkable. It is entirely possible, but what is the answer?
The answer is to knock down those walls of stigma and to make talking about depression and anxiety far more commonplace.
Why are we scared to talk about it? This is a question which has many different answers, but for many people it is the fear of being judged, the fear that someone won’t understand, or that they will just tell you to ‘be positive and get over it’. A person with depression cannot just shake themselves, be positive, and get get over it; if it was that simple, would there really be a need for antidepressant medication and cognitive behavioral therapy attuned to depression sufferers? Of course not!
It’s time we started to realize that anxiety and depression are serious conditions which cannot simply be shrugged off. Of course, most people understand this, but it still stops many people coming forward when they feel they need help but daren’t ask for it.
Do you know what the biggest upset about this really is? Asking for help is a truly strong thing. When you say ‘please help me, I can’t feel like this anymore’, you’re not weak, you’re not giving in, and you’re not letting yourself down. Do you know what you’re really doing? You’re taking the first step towards recovery because that admittance that you realize something is wrong and you need someone to help you is a glimmer of hope that you’re about to start on the road to recovery. It is an action which requires a medal, not judgement!
The point of this blog is not to tell you that depression and anxiety are common, because you already know that. It’s not even to say ‘you need to take these tablets and everything will be fine’, because that’s not always the solution for everyone. The point of this blog is to tell you that it’s okay. Really, it’s okay. If you’re feeling low, if you’re feeling down, and you know something isn’t right; you might not be able to put your finger on what it is, but you know that feeling hopeless and dark isn’t right - reach out and be brave. Go on, take a breath and do it.
Here at Trifecta Health we are practically standing at the door with open arms to anyone who makes that admittance. We know how hard it is, we understand how much strength it took for you to call and say ‘please help me’. We’re not going to judge, we’re not going to give you a prescription and tell you to shake yourself; we’re going to help you.
Give us a call today.