The inspiration for the new and improved name of this blog comes from an article that showed up in my Facebook feed. The article’s headline promised “Never Feel Depressed or Anxious Again“.
Being a depression and anxiety sufferer myself, I was instantly intrigued in the possibility for a cure. Being a skeptic, I couldn’t wait to see what new advice was offered.
The link clicked and I waited to see what new wisdom would be given. The article went on to outline 11 things one could do eliminate depression and anxiety. Disappointment set in as I read the usual list of useless cures. However, my curiosity peaked, I set about to discover the qualifications of the science and medical genius behind this advise and lo and behold I discovered the author was fully qualified to be a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer.
I know what you’re thinking. Yes, I am a freelance writer too. However, I recognize my limits and do not offer anything on this blog as medical treatment or scientific discovery.
Things were said, comments exchanged with other readers, and a new inspiration to blog was born.
My biggest fear with purveyors of bad advice regarding depression and anxiety is that such advice will lead to delays in seeking, or even the non seeking of, real professional help. For those with depression and anxiety that delay could even be deadly.
The problem as I see it is depression is like alcoholism or addiction. Wait, let me explain. (I felt a disturbance in the force, as if millions cried out in anger.)
When I relate depression and anxiety to alcohol and addiction, I’m not saying we all belong in AA or NA meetings or in institutions. However, like these other forms of mental disease/chemical imbalances, there is no cure, only treatment.
One of the greatest misnomers of depression is that you take your meds and you’re depression goes away. But, every depressive experiences depression differently. The meds prescription that works for you comes about through trial and error by your psychiatrist and you. The reality is that for some, antidepressants work the same as some other medications and vaccines. It doesn’t eliminate the problem and it isn’t meant to; yet, it does lessen the impact when a dark period comes in.
I began my journey with depression years ago. I remember first seeking help around eighteen years ago or so. However, due to bad advice and job-related fears, I stopped pursuing the help I needed. Instead, I struggled with my depression until a few years ago.
My one piece of advice if you’re experiencing depression or anxiety is don’t wait, get help. It does make a difference.