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Depression Is NOT Your Final Destination


“Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is.”

Atticus


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If you rearrange the letters in DEPRESSION you’ll get “I PRESSED ON”. Your current situation is not your final destination.


I love affirmations and this is definitely one of my favorites. I believe I resonate with it so well because I have been in that gloomy place before.


Depression is inclusive. No one is excluded from its grasp. We are all vulnerable to it no matter what our circumstances may be. It is sneaky and subtle and searches for our weakened cracks to take up residence within us.


My moment came several years ago. The seemingless mundane task of driving myself to work changed my life forever. As I approached a stop light, I experienced an immediate sense of panic as I felt the blood drain from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. I stopped the car, slammed it into park and passed out.


The start of my chronic illness journey was the moment that depression discovered a small, thin crack and found its way into my life.



Depression is not only sneaky, it is incredibly subtle. It has a way of touching certain areas of our lives with the intention of leading us to believe it is something else. In my mind, the fatigue I was experiencing was because I was working too hard. I blamed my sleepless nights on stress. Little did I know that this was depression’s cunning way of sneaking its way into my life.


I feel quite vulnerable when it comes to sharing my experience with depression. It is something I have kept hidden because of my internal struggles. Even today, I can still occasionally feel the shame and disappointment that were attached with it. How could I have allowed something to take over my entire life without even realizing it? Truth be told, I don't believe I had it in me to stop it.


Over time, though, I have come to believe that my testimony is powerful in helping others. My story is worthy of sharing.



It was a season of darkness for me. Depression stole my love for life, my happiness and quickly replaced my thoughts with hopelessness and sadness. The couch became my refuge. My days moved between the couch and the bed with little or no activity in between. There were times when my fitness tracker logged less than 500 steps in a 24 hour period. I was drowning under the weight of life and felt incapable of finding my way out. I couldn’t imagine living the rest of my life this way.


I know what it feels like to be lost in the darkness. I understand what it is like to desperately search for a way out, but nothing transpires. I have lived the overwhelming fatigue and disinterest in life. In your loneliness, be assured that you are not alone in this fight.



The crazy thing about depression is that we don’t often realize that we have it. It wasn’t until a routine appointment that my doctor diagnosed me with depression. After months of living in the shadows of it, I came to accept that I couldn’t fight this on my own. I needed professional help.


I learned so much about myself through therapy. I am a much stronger person than I ever thought I was. I had a wonderful therapist and he patiently walked me through my depression. We worked on discovering what was working in my life and what wasn’t and over time I started to see my life once again. A life that was filled with joy, happiness and purpose. Something that I thought was lost forever.



Depression leads us to believe that life isn’t worth more than it is in the present moment. A lie intended to stop you from living your best life possible. Take that brave first step to reclaim your life because depression is not your final destination!


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If you are struggling with depression reach out to someone today!



If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.



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