Tis the Season to be Jolly…..
Christmas time is a season of giving, joyfulness, happiness, and excitement. But everyone isn’t so jolly, neither are they happy! They may put up a front with a fake smile, but in the inside they are crying, in the inside they are truly sad. Why you may ask? Because they are suffering from Depression!
Originally I wrote this article for the Mesothelioma Center, but decided to share it on my platform as well. I wanted to share my truth with you!
Depression Why Avoid it?
Depression is a topic that so many people try to avoid. A lot of times they don’t feel comfortable talking about it. Even though depression has become a common thing. Some people think that if they push it under the rug it will go away. In fact, some are ashamed to even admit that they are depressed or that they have experienced it before. I’ll be the first to break the ice and say I have suffered from depression in the past. I went into depression after I was diagnosed with Peritoneal Mesothelioma 11 years ago. If you aren’t familiar with Peritoneal Mesothelioma, let me enlighten you. Its a type of cancer , a rare one at that. Usually Mesothelioma affects the lungs and has a horrible prognosis. In my case God created a miracle in my body and gave me the complete healing and restoration that I asked him for. I have now been cancer free 11 years and counting!!!! (Excuse me as I do my praise dance!)
What is Depression?
Depression is a mood disorder that causes consistent sadness, and loss interest. Some signs and symptoms can include;
- Trouble concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
- Decreased energy level, Increased tiredness
- Sleeping more than usual or can’t sleep at all
- Feelings of hopelessness, or feeling helpless
- Feelings of guilt
- Loss interest in things you use to do
- Eating more than usual or don’t have an appetite at all
- Consistent aches and pains, cramps, headaches with no solution, even digestive problems
- Sad or anxious feelings all the time
- Thoughts of suicide
Depression is a disease that can affect anyone at any moment of their lives. These are symptoms that most people experience when they are depressed. If you are, or you know someone that’s experiencing any of these symptoms seek help now! Go to your doctor, a healthcare professional, or someone who can get you the help that you need! Do not delay!
Trust me when I say this. I have experienced depression in the past and it’s not pretty. When I first was diagnosed with Mesothelioma, I was okay and ready to take cancer head on! It was after I had surgery that I became depressed. I was sleeping mostly all day, didn’t want to talk on the phone to anyone. (This was out of the norm for me) I was feeling as if nothing was going right in my life, didn’t want to do anything but stay in the house. Fear of the cancer returning was haunting me so bad it was making me sick. I was always angry at myself and husband. I was just down and out! The issue for me was that I was in denial. I didn’t want to admit to myself or anyone else that I was depressed. I didn’t want anyone to look at me differently or as if I were a crazy mad person roaming around. Things started to turn around for me when I admitted to myself that I was depressed and that I needed help. I started praying more, starting getting involved with daily devotions, and asked God to deliver me from the depression state I was in. To be honest, the first step is always the hardest, but after we make up our minds to take that step things will get easier. So, I received some mental and spiritual help and decided that I wouldn’t allow depression to dwell in me again!
Help Someone Else!
So during this season, and with the new year upon us, make sure to check on your friends, and family members. Especially the ones that appear to be “strong” all the time! Check on the people that may have lost someone. When you check on them just don’t send a generic text message saying; “if you need anything let me know”! Pick up that phone and call them, have a lucrative conversation with them, take them to lunch or dinner, actually spend time with them to show them you care and that they are not alone!
If you are reading this and you are experiencing depression. Just know its going to be okay, everything will work out for you and your situation. Go and seek some some professional help. Whatever you do don’t give up and don’t be afraid to tell someone how you feel, so you can get the help you need! A song recommendation I have for you is, “Its Turning Around” by: Vashawn Mitchell.