What Goes Up Must Come Down

  • Current weight — 165 lbs

What goes up must come down.. the saying holds true in almost all aspects. Today, I realized it when I looked down at the scale and noticed my 4 lbs loss. I’m proud to see some progress in this journey. My old clothes are starting to fit again. Yay!

But unfortunately, my excitement has been overshadowed by my recent depressive episode. Which brings me to the real topic of this post..

DEPRESSION.

I know what you are thinking, most of you, if you know me, know my story. And you are sitting there rolling your eyes as you read that big word up there. I once had someone I know tell me that nobody wants to hear my story.

Nobody wants to hear your story. Nobody wants to hear you whine about your petty problems. People have their own shit to deal with. You don’t even know what real depression is.

Ouch. That kinda hurt. This person didn’t realize they were saying the exact opposite of what should be said to a depressed person. No matter the situation, you should always encourage others to be open about their mental health. If you allow that, then you open a gate of trust, which can sometimes save a life.

By allowing a person to open up to you about their mental state and history, you let them know they can come to you for help. You become someone they can turn to in their deepest, darkest moments.

That being said, this encounter taught me to be a careful judge of character. I learned to analyze everyone I meet. One of my biggest problems is feeling like a burden to people, and if I sense the possibility of my presence annoying them, I change my tune. They aren’t worth opening up to if they can’t respect the diverse chemical imbalances that are mental illness. In the end, these types of people are usually toxic to you.

Finally, I’ve come to realize that mental illness manifests in SO MANY different forms. You have to respect what each person is going through. Your experience can differ from another’s, but your diagnosis can be the same.

What I’m trying to say is, mental illness has a stigma, don’t play a part in perpetuating it.

H.


If you or someone you know are struggling with mental illness, don’t be afraid to talk to someone. A friend, a teacher, a parent, or a medical professional. These people are there to help you.