That, my readers, is depression.
Depression is a medical condition that requires a clinical diagnosis by a medical practitioner. Depending on your area, that could be a nurse practitioner, doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist.
Depression is NOT a weakness.
Depression is NOT just “feeling down”.
Depression IS an ILLNESS.
For my client, I provided them with some psycho-education on what depression was, and resistance immediately went up. “Am I crazy?”, “Do I have to take medication now?”, “Can’t I just ‘shake’ this off and go to the gym from now on?”, “Am I incapable of taking care of myself now?” were some of the questions that came up with them, and once that I have heard repeatedly throughout the years.
Despite a lot more attention, media coverage, and discussions about mental health, it is still very much a stigma in today’s society. No one would think twice if you stated “Hey, my leg is broken...I need to go see a doctor!” No one would blame you for having to take cholesterol pills to reduce your cholesterol levels. Why is it different for depression and depression medication?
I think we’ve done some great work as a society to change our views on depression; but so much more work needs to be done. Do you believe you qualify for a diagnosis? Do you need a safe space to talk about what has been happening for you? Feel free to connect with me, and I will help you find the support you need!
Wishing you all a healthy day, Nancy