Today is brought to you by the letter “H” and I choose for it to stand for “HELP” as part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge.
My theme for this Challenge is depression and anxiety and all that goes with it.
I always as far back as I can remember, have always asked for professional help with my depression and anxiety. When I first started getting depressive episodes back in my late teens and early twenties, I sought help with counseling from my doctor, as well as a psychiatrist. Fast forward twenty something years now and things haven’t changed much. I would say I wasn’t getting the right kind of help I needed. Some would argue that the help has been working as I am still here.
I imagine that there are a lot of people who don’t ask for help with their mental illness, out of fear or maybe they don’t think they have the resources available to them. Recently, I have been seeing a nurse at my GP’s office for counseling sessions and it was a resource I did not know existed until I dragged myself into my doctor’s office during a particularly alarming depressive episode recently. During this appointment, I was also given a few other resources I had no clue about.
If you are the type who does not seek help when you really need it, please be aware that there are options out there and resources that might help you. They did for me. Summon up the courage and ask for help. It doesn’t mean you’re weak, it means you value yourself. You are worth it!