I know I cannot complain….. people have it a lot worse than me. I was able to get rid of my mental health issues after being cured of Parathyroid Disease, but I struggled my whole high school and half of my college years. Everyday I struggled with really bad anxiety and depression. I went from hyperventilating and feeling like I was going to pass out to not caring at all and just staring at the ceiling. Mental health problems are unfortunately something people like to joke about. I was one of the lucky ones who was able to lose this heavy baggage in the operating room. However, many people struggle with mental health problems every day. I want to share my story and ways that I coped to hopefully help someone going through these tough situations.
It is okay to get help.
On top of the already bad anxiety, I also developed PTSD after a really bad accident I was in my freshman year of college. I was in a bus accident on my way back to school, but escaped with only a concussion. Sometimes I still hear the screams of my classmates that were on the bus as well. I did not want to look weak, so I did not want to get help. However, my parents forced me to go to counseling and it really helped. If you need to seek help, DO NOT BE ASHAMED. You are not alone and people WANT to help you!
Surround yourself with family and friends.
When you are depressed, you do not want to talk with anyone, go out, or even think about social interaction. In some cases, it is okay to take some you time. However, it is important to surround yourself with those you love as well. I am so so blessed to have the friends and family that I have. They forced me out of my room, and came just to sit with me when I was going through tough nights. You guys are the realest!
Surround yourself with the word.
People would say let go and let God. I am a christian and completely agree with this, except having anxiety and depression make this really hard. My grandmother gave me a plastic eagle and bible verse before she passed away that had Isaiah 40:31 on it.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
This was something that was really tough for me to write about. It is hard to admit if you have a problem like this. If you are going through something that is weighing you down, talk to someone. There is no shame in talking through it and asking for help.
Okay, just one more song/ video (that I am sure you’ve already heard) that just shows you aren’t alone….