Reaching Out Past the Wall
Depression is a deadly serious disease. It makes it easy to feel alone and difficult to seek help. So what can we do?
Baby steps – Especially when I’m depressed, I find it extremely helpful to break things into smaller steps. Sometimes the only thing that has gotten me out of bed during a depression has been sticking one foot out from under the covers then waiting until I can move another part of my body closer to the floor. Bit by bit, I can get there. One step at a time works in difficult moments and can help us move one step closer to a healthy choice and the help that we need.
Maintain open lines of communication with your doctor/therapist – This may seem like an obvious one, but speaking from personal experience, I know that depression can warp my way of thinking toward getting medical help. It doesn’t make logical sense, but my brain starts trying to convince me that I can make it through without help and that I would be better off without it. This is scary stuff. Please do yourself and your loved ones a favor and stay in contact with your doctor, therapist, and any other members of your support team, especially when you don’t feel like it.
Be as honest as possible – Be honest about how you’re feeling with yourself and those around you. One of the hardest things for me during a depression is to fight the tendency to isolate. If I’m honest about this, I can tell friends and family and I can have at least a little social interaction. If I can do this, I’m one step further along in the battle against the beast that is depression.