- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline is open 24/7: 1.800.273.8255
- United Way Helpline (helps find a therapist, healthcare, etc.): 1.800.233.4357
- Never take DEPRESSION on without help
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Mental Health, Depression, Self Care & Self Improvement
We cover it all here at November Sunflower! As someone who lives with depression and anxiety, I’m a big supporter of maintaining a healthy mind. A big part of a healthy mind starts with having a healthy body, a healthy gut, and ways to relieve stress and anxiety. You entire body needs to work together for you to thrive, not just survive.
And let’s face the big truth: depression can happen to anyone, at any time, and in varying degrees. And depression doesn’t have a certain look. I’m the face of depression. Oftentimes, the people with the biggest smiles and the loudest laughs are the faces of depression.
Not sure if what you’re experiencing is depression?
I had no idea what was happening to me, but I knew it was bad. No matter what was going on, I always managed to push through because my kids and all of their activities were my entire world. When I stopped finding enjoyment in them, and watching them doing what they loved, I realized I wasn’t right. It still took me a long time to ask for help, but eventually I had to do something because I was sleeping all the time, and had no interest in participating in life. Forget thriving, I wasn’t even surviving. Just going through the motions with no feelings at all. Just numb. All. The. Time.
Read through this entire series I’ve dedicated to this journey with depression.
The truth is, you can never tell if someone is living with depression just by looking at a person. There’s no “look” of depression. All of us dealing with it, living with it, on this journey with depression, we’re all different. It took me years to learn the truth behind my rage issues. Everyone chalked it up to my Sicilian temper, or the fact that I was born under the Aries Zodiac sign.
It wasn’t either of those reasons. It was always signs of depression. Much of the time it came and went, and this last spark? Well, it’s the first time depression hit me square in my “mothering.” All the times I’ve battled depression, without even knowing what it was, it never bled through to my parenting. When it did, I knew something was just not right. It was time to figure out what was up with me. I never say “wrong with me.” Depression isn’t something that’s wrong with me, it’s one thing that happens to be a part of me. No shame. Nothing wrong. It’s just what it is, and now, as a mother, I’m learning as much as I can about my triggers, and figuring out how to handle how my depression presents itself.
It’s important to start at the beginning of my journey with depression:
Once you’re caught up about my journey, explore more resources that helped me start thriving!