My dad is my role model

.. and the strongest person I know

I’ve had depression in my life — one way or another — for as long as I can remember. When I was very young, my dad was diagnosed with chronic depression. He would have ups and downs and most days he would lay in bed all day and we had to walk around on tip-toes. On those days I would be afraid. Afraid to come home from school. Afraid of my dad not being alive when I came home. Afraid that he might have taken his own life. But thankfully that never happened.

After my mum and dad spilt when I was 19, everthing changed. My dad was put into a psychiatric hospital for a couple of days until he was better. When he got out, he moved out and from then on he started to feel better. He changed his life upside down and started to do something about his illness. He started going for long walks and eating healthier. (At this point, my dad weigh around 135kg). He lost almost 50kg, found a girlfriend and is now taking nowhere near as much medication as he once did. I can happily say that my dad is now a happy man on a day to day basis. He still has his ups and downs but rarely have days in bed.

I am more proud of my dad than I will ever be able to express. He is my role model and I love him with all my heart. He is a strong man in more than one way. He can lift heavy things, yes, but he is also mentally strong. He has been able to change his life for the better on his own. Yes, he has had psychiatric help, but that is not the main reason why he is feeling better. He is feeling better because he took action, he did something for himself and that made him better and stronger mentally. And that my friend is why my dad is my role model! He will always be the strongest person I know.

Depression is not only a state of being sad, it is a disorder that conquers the ability to feel emotion, whether good or bad, and affects your day to day life. It can result in insomnia or excessive sleeping and the interest and pleasure you once found in your daily activities might disappear.