I was raised in a time when depression was not treated nor was it talked about. Any kind of mental health problems were ignored. I grew up with the mentality that you just kept on moving no matter how bad you felt. So this was drilled in my head.
A year ago this past December - I reached a point in my life where all I did was lay on the couch and cry. I did not know why I had not strength. I only knew something was not right. I cried because I saw the housework that needed done and I did not get up to do it. I then cried because the house was so dirty but I never moved to do anything about it.
I was afriad to leave the house with anyone except my husband because I was afriad that I would have an attack and nobody would be there to help me.
I finally went to see a Doctor. I was told that I had Severe Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder. The Doctor was surprised that I had not been depressed before then. I have been on various medications since then. We have not found the exact medication to help me lead a normal life but I am doing better.
I am thankful that mental health problems are not looked at as a bad thing these days.
I have lived my life for the past 22 years with constant pain. I guess it just took its tole on my body.
If you or someone you know has mental health problems - Remember that it is a real health problem and there are medications that can help.