In my last post, I described the feeling of being up and down on a daily basis and never really knowing where I am, as well as how it perplexes me.
A good friend and fellow sufferer, Brawburd, sent me this wonderful graphical representation of the road to recovery:
Not only do I find this howlingly funny but also accurate to how I’m feeling. It’s a long journey with highs and lows, twists and turns, as well as a few setbacks. As long as there is clear, consistent progress, then you’re doing well.
Every time I make a post talking about depression, there is a great response, dialogue with great people who are going through the same issues and want to talk, share their experience. We support each other, strangers who end up propping each other up and making sure we know that we are not alone. Some are not strangers for long and become valued friends, for which I am grateful.
Social media is much maligned because there are people on it who troll or use it for negative purposes. The fact is that social media is a wonderful forum to connect with like minded individuals, to share information and experiences that genuinely help others in their journey. The sharing of ideas is not exclusive to supporting others but also vital to our society, for the people to have a voice and be heard, not just receive the information and repeat.
The main thing is that I am eternally grateful for finding the community online in all its splendour, where people help people for nothing more than making that person better, or their outlook brighter. People reaching out with words of kindness and support without asking is truly inspiring and that makes me truly humble. Humanity at its best.
I am also delighted by the number of people who have come out and talked about having a problem with mental health, seeking the first steps in combating the Sneaky Bastard of an illlness (another quote from Brawburd, a wonderful human being). All it takes is to acknowledge you have an issue and get help, as it is out there. See your GP is a great first step, talk to someone you trust, someone online who has the same experience – we’re all out here for you as you are important and can beat this thing. It is not an embarrassment, a stain or a weakness- it is an illness. When you have longer than normal physical symptoms, such as stomach or breathing issues, you seek medical advice without any problem, it is exactly the same with mental health.
You are not alone, there is hope and remember, the road to recovery may be winding but it is something you can do.
Be kind to yourself, always.