Depression CAN be beaten ~ my first steps

Depression Can Be Beaten - My First Steps. I Tell You How I Took The First Small steps To Overcome the Depression By Self-help

 Depression CAN be beaten…

Around 10 years ago, a sequence of events in my life resulted in me becoming anxious and it wasn’t too long before I felt unable to cope.  A relationship breakdown, 2 bereavements in quick succession and finally, work was the final straw.  My wonderful doctor listened patiently and diagnosed me with depression.

After a week off work, I was referred to an occupational counsellor.  I had a chat on the Friday and by the following Monday I had ‘jumped’ the NHS waiting list and was talking to a counsellor.  I say ‘jumped’ because the counsellor that I saw was likely the very same one that you would see from a doctor’s waiting list.

Now I’ve never been one to criticise the NHS.  Quite the opposite.  I’ve got nothing but praise for them.  They saw me through a complicated pregnancy and have given my family and friends excellent service, against the odds of low funding and low staffing.

So yes, I will defend the NHS to the hilt but the waiting lists were (and possibly still are) very long for people diagnosed with depression.  ‘Fortunately’, the depression I had was very mild.  If I’d had it more severe, I would’ve been waiting much, much longer to be seen.  And this is dangerous.

Depression Can Be Beaten - My First Steps. I Tell You How I Took The First Small steps To Overcome the Depression By Self-help

Finding the right help

Because once depression gets its claws in and takes hold, it’s hard to bring yourself out.  Very hard.

My doctor was wonderful, advised me to book double slots because he wanted to help… properly.

He told me right from the start that he’d prefer not to give me medication and I will be forever grateful for that.  I didn’t want drugs either but was in such a fog that I’d probably have taken them.

I know there’s a place for them but in my situation, they weren’t the answer.  There are other ways to dig yourself out of the ‘black hole’.

I would never claim that it’s easy to climb out, or even that it’s easy not to slip back in.

Because once you’ve experienced depression, it’s my opinion that you never fully recover.

But you can be aware of your triggers and deal with them swiftly to stop that spiral…

No-one’s immune

What’s important to remember about mental health is that anyone of any age can experience it, at any time.  Put simply – no one, but no one is immune.

And that includes children.  Emily Palmer has produced a great little book called ‘Scrambled Heads’ aimed at guiding children through mental health.  You can read the review of ‘Scrambled Heads’ here.

When I was going through it and recovering, I used a great book that for me at the time was indispensable – 50 Things You Can Do Today To Beat Depression
by Paul Vincent.   There will be a review coming soon.

My point is

My point is that there’s help out there.  Help that gives your brain a long-term chance, rather than a cheap plaster that keeps coming off.

If I may add that if you’re reading and you’re on medication for depression, and if it works for you – well that’s great for you.

However, my personal experience has taught me that a natural, self-help approach works best (or at least it did for me).  I will cover these methods in my series ‘Depression CAN be beaten…’ – subscribe so that you don’t miss it… use the opt-in form below or in the sidebar.

 

How do you deal with depression?  Or how do you help someone you know to deal with depression?  I’d love to hear from you.  Comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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#AllSortsofBlogs ~ Best Blogs to Read… 51

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So it’s been a while but #AllSortsofBlogs is back!  This is where I share my pick of the best blogs that I’ve read in recent weeks and I invite you to do the same. Although the timeframe spans a few months this time!  Please link up your favourite blog post (or posts) of the week (funny, serious, somewhere in-between, part of another linky or stand-alone, sponsored post or giveaway… anything goes!).  Then sit back, read a few other posts in the link up and enjoy…

Tweet @AllSortsHere with #AllSortsofBlogs or and your blog post url and I’ll retweet. :)  I’ll also share every single post on twitter and a few on facebook and pinterest too.

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The link up is open on the 1st first Sunday of the month

from 6 am GMT for 2 weeks.

And my favourites were…

There’s a bit of an unintentional wellbeing theme going on this month.  Which is good because wellbeing is the way forward…

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Sadia at how do you do it? re-tells a moment when she talked to her children about depression.  Her approach is candid and is an effective way to talk to your children about mental health.

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Another candid and beautifully written blogpost on a different subject this time, from Susanne at Ghostwritermummy ‘defending’ c-sections in childbirth. A blogpost that made me feel amazing in #MatExp month…
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And finally… do YOU practice yoga? Do you do it with ‘mindfulness’?  A read of Strength and Sunshine may leave you looking at yoga in a new light as Rebecca discusses that yoga is not simply yoga …

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So that’s all for this week, see you again next week and don’t forget to join in!

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#AllSortsofBlogs ~ Best Blogs to Read… 39

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This is where I share my pick of the best blogs that I’ve read in the last week or so and I invite you to do the same.  So please link up your favourite blog post (or posts) of the week (funny, serious, somewhere in-between, part of another linky or stand-alone… anything goes ~ it doesn’t matter!).  Then sit back, read a few other posts in the link up and enjoy…

Tweet @AllSortsHere with #AllSortsofBlogs and your blog post url and I’ll retweet. :)  I’ll also share every single post on twitter and a few on facebook and pinterest too.

The link up is open from  6 am Saturdays to midnight the following Friday.

And my favourites were…

When Jocelyn at The Reading Residence asked her daughter ‘what makes a good mum?’.  To me, this is the innocence and honesty of childhood…

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This post from Renee at Mummy Tries can help you to become the best you.  I’ve read her self-help book.  In fact, she’s been my Featured Author for the last month… Bookmark my book review!

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Next, hop over to Antonia Chitty at 38to39 for a review of a must-read for anyone suffering with depression, whether personally or someone they know…

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And I smell a rat!  That aside, here’s a great writing challenge from Maddy at WritingBubble.

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…I hope you enjoyed reading these as much as I did!

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It’s time to mention some of the blogs that I’ve enjoyed reading in the past week or so…  I hope you find them as interesting as I did:

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Emily’s Page talks about the thrill of realising you’re falling for someone and them you… in poetic form.

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I’d love to read more of this warming story from FunkyWelliesRandomThoughts. The unconditional love just oozes out of every word!

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Is the writing bug hereditary or something you ‘catch’? asks Morgan Prince.  My reckoning is that it’s in the main hereditary with the possibility of catching it with oodles of encouragement…

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…and these lovely peeps linked up with #WonderfulWorldofWriting this week: Chrissie at MuddledManuscript  mused on how editing makes us procrastinate with cake, cuppas and washing up!  Then MummyTries wrote some flash fiction that ended with… well, I won’t spoil it!  Finally, Maddy at Writing Bubble created amazing atmosphere with her depiction of stage fright against the metaphor of thunder.  Do take a few minutes to read their posts and the comments…

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What was your favourite post of the week?  Share by commenting or sending a tweet @AllSortsHere

Psst… If you like quotes, you will love my ‘Footnotes and Anecdotes’ linky, you can read all about it here.  The next post is up tomorrow 🙂

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It’s time to mention some of the blogs that I’ve enjoyed reading in the past week or so…  I hope you find them as interesting as I did:

Chrissy at My Sparkly Life opens up about her ‘Invisible Illness’.  It’s an intriguing read and I certainly learnt something…

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…and Chrissie at MuddledManuscript linked up with #WonderfulWorldofWriting again this week with her post about keeping journals.  The comments that followed covered the topics of teenage diaries, depression and positive thinking.  Do take a few minutes to read her post and the comments…

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Depression ~ it’s not all black and white

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Well my goodness me, I wasn’t expecting to see that Robin Williams had died when I checked my Facebook feed.
Having seen a few tributes to Williams online, they all celebrate the comedian/actor’s life by bringing to the fore his comedy genius, his flexible acting and, of course, they mention his depression.
I say ‘of course’ but I wonder how many people actually knew he was suffering depression?  I certainly didn’t.  Not to say that I followed his life to that extent.
Which brings me onto the crux of this blog post…
Depression.  An evil, often silent illness that I have been unfortunate enough to experience long enough ago to feel ‘safe’ but not so long enough ago to forget it.  I don’t think I’ll ever truly forget it.  As a result of my experience, I have since vowed to surround myself with positive people and live my life for today. I have also learnt to recognise any of the signs of the ‘black cloud’ and swiftly deal with it.  Thankfully, I am too busy these days to ‘wallow’ and give it half a chance of rearing its ugly head again.
One of the themes of my Virtually All Sorts blog and one of the reasons I started blogging in the first place was, I suppose, to celebrate the positivity of my daily life.  It started out as a reason to focus on being positive.  I have tried so very hard to keep each post positive.  So much so that my recent Footnotes and Anecdotes post changed tack slightly to steer away from doom and gloom.
If this blogpost gets one message across, I would hope that it’s this:
Depression and mental illness is often an invisible illness that can affect absolutely anyone.  No one is immune.  Everybody needs help if they’re unfortunate enough to be a statistic of this illness.  If you feel that you may be depressed, first admit it to yourself (and those who support you).  It’s NOT a weakness – on the contrary.  Then get some help.  Whether that be through the Samaritans or similar helpline, or maybe start at your doctor’s.  One word of advice would be to book a double appointment if you can – I cried buckets at my first doctor’s appointment, over-ran and needed to book another double appointment.

I do hope that this blogpost has encouraged you to see depression in a positive light. It doesn’t need to be doom and gloom.  But you do need to seek help.

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