When I’m Feeling Blue

 

Image Credits: Starry Night  Depression by Tyler Robbins

Image Credits: Starry Night Depression by Tyler Robbins

I don’t know if it was the time or the culture, but growing up, I did not pay attention nor was I informed about mental health. All we had back then was a sanitarium, a mental hospital that held “crazy people”. The words Depression, Mental health, schizophrenia, Bipolar, Anxiety attacks, etc were all foreign to me. Sure, I read about them in books but there are really some things that, unless you experience it first hand, you will never understand.

During my early years, I had experienced depression, anxiety and panic attacks. I did not know then nor did I have any inkling that I was experiencing all these things. I chalked it up to family drama and teenage angst.

Fast forward about 3 decades later and I was able to define what I had and still have. Looking back, I was able to understand myself better and in doing so had some semblance of peace with myself.

I have now been officially diagnosed with anxiety and depression and being treated for it as well. More on this on the next post.

I have been wanting to write about this as soon as I heard that Robin Williams committed suicide. My thoughts were: I do hope more people become aware of mental health and have a better understanding, explore treatment options and get all the support from family and friends.  We have a long way to go.

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Published in: on September 7, 2014 at 11:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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