In the early 90's, depression and anxiety found me in the middle of a health crisis, but I think it had been building for a while. I tend to internalize and analyze; so, physical malady tipped me over the edge. Being a spirit-filled believer, I sought counsel as to what to do. My pastor and a Christian psychologist told me to seek the help of a physician (drugs) in order to re-balance the chemicals in my body. I was surprised at that. My life's goal is to never be on any drugs, but I did it and it helped. When I leveled out and took some classes on coping with outbreaks of stress, etc., I searched for natural supplements and ways to keep me balanced. Today, I have a normal life, drug-free. I stay close to my faith in God, try to eat right, take whole-food vitamins and supplements, exercise a little and obey the warning signs of yielding to stressful situations. I remind myself to smile, live in the moment with friends and family, enjoy laughing and being happy that I'm not tired, stressed and depressed. I am enjoying life and pursuing my love of writing. During the bad times, my husband, though he didn't understand depression, was a sounding board for me, keeping the communication lines flowing. Somehow talking about the fear always released pressure. It still does. I also had a friend who came, prayed and counseled me when I called. Because surviving emotional sickness takes more than a pill, it takes the right attitude towards life's stresses to climb the ladder to wellness, and determine to stay there! Honesty and openness with friends and family, and my faith in God, are mandatory in my life. I want to continue to be "who I am supposed to be" for God, for me and for others.
- 1/27/2010 2:31:49 PM