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Overcoming depression - part of my story

Hello everyone. I would like to share a post I wrote on facebook with you. It is about my struggle with depression, and the changes I made to overcome it. 

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I am going to share something quite personal here in the hopes that any of you dealing with depression may feel hopeful or inspired to change your life. 

It is no secret that I have been dealing with depression most of my life up until about 5 months ago. I am not ashamed of it. Everyone has their own struggles, their own crosses to bear. My depression got so severe that I needed to be medicated to function like a normal human being… to even get out of bed. I was put on zoloft for quite some time. Not ashamed of that either. You do what you have to do to try to get help. 

But I didn’t like what the zoloft was doing. It made me so sleepy. Tired all the time. If I missed a dose, I’d be a total whiny bitch about everything. I was becoming sort of dependent on it. I was having suicidal thoughts, and if it weren’t for my best friend, I’d be dead. I almost took all the pills at once. I didn’t like it at all. I am not saying everyone’s experience will be the same as mine, I am just telling you what mine was like. 

So, around 5 months ago, 158 days to be exact, with the help of an awesome person and support from others, I quit the pills (Now, don’t do what I did because it can backfire horribly. I was desperate to get off them, and I just said fuck it and quit them. Talk to your doctor first. Don’t be stubborn like me.)

A while back, the pharmacy called asking if I wanted a refill, and I said no. That was literally the best feeling ever. I am no longer depressed nor do I need zoloft. I was so happy I cried tears of joy. 

So what I am saying is…. When you put your mind to something you want to achieve and make it your goal, you can do anything you want. When you make the choice to be happy, you can do anything you want. Happiness is a choice. It is a lifestyle. It is a state of being that only you can achieve through your own mind. It is TOTALLY POSSIBLE.

Get out there and exercise, go places with friends or by yourself, make art, sing, dance, be productive, wake up early, believe in yourself, be patient, be kind, love who you are. You can do it. I did it. Best decision I’ve ever made. 

Again, I hope someone can find some hope and inspiration through my message here. Share it with anyone you want to. I am not ashamed to admit who I was before and who I am now. There is no shame in being human. Just never give up, and you will go far in life 

Love you all <3

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I now have a gallery called Phoenix Art. I chose the name Phoenix Art because I feel like I have risen from my ashes like a phoenix. It is something very personal to me.

I hope this post has helped some of you. It is my wish that this holiday season I touch the heart of at least one person struggling with the same demons I had. Remember that none of your troubles are permanent in this life, and you have the power to make your life good and fulfilling.  

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