Do you feel down and depressed?
Have you been depressed, or just generally feeling terrible? Worried about your performance at work, or your relationships, or just tired and irritable for no reason?
If you are in this situation, I have a challenge for you.
I’m someone who likes to take care of things myself. I’ve always been extremely independent – some would say too much so! So when I found myself feeling down, depressed, and irritable a few years back, I thought that I should handle it myself.
For months, I was miserable. I thought I must just have been getting old, or failing at life. I pushed myself harder and harder to “feel better” and “be my old self” – but all that did was make me more miserable. By the end, it was causing serious problems for my husband and kids.
After months, I finally broke down. I followed a friend’s suggestion and saw a therapist, then a doctor.
And I was shocked. I had always thought that therapists were only for people with serious mental illness (“and that’s not me,” I thought). I had also thought that doctors were only for the very sick, and I couldn’t possibly need one.
But to my shock, but my doctor and my therapist were able to instantly identify real causes for my depression.
My doctor found low levels of vitamin D in my blood – a common cause of depression, I was told.
My therapist found that I simply wasn’t taking care of myself. I always thought about the others in my life, but had been totally neglecting my own feelings.
I don’t run a counseling service, or a clinic. I am sharing this with you because, if you are feeling awful, I have been where you are. I have sat there wondering if things would ever get better, and what I was doing wrong.
If you are in this situation, I urge you to seek a therapist and medical care.
So I challenge you, right now, today, to spend just ten minutes researching clinics and therapists in your area. If you think you may need free clinics, search for those.
I challenge you to find three phone numbers right now, and call each of them for information about pricing and appointments.
There are a million reasons not to seek help. “You’re just having an off…month…season…year.” “You just need to work harder.” “You just need to get yourself together.”
But there are even more reasons to seek help, and find out if what is troubling you can be solved and transformed into something beautiful.
If you want a companion along the way, you can read more about my own struggle with depression, fear, and treating myself the way I deserve to be treated in my book.
But first and foremost, I challenge you to seek help for what is holding you back.
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