The Daily Grind: Struggling with Depression and Anxiety
Struggling with depression and anxiety is difficult and depression in particular is truly an untamable beast. For some it is a feeling that comes and goes in waves, and is manageable. For others like myself, it is a leach, always on my shoulder, that will continue to steal my life if I let it. I’ve recently been put on new medication as some of you know and that has severely eased the burden.
By the way, dealing with anxiety and depression without medication is not a good idea. There is no natural treatment for depression and anxiety, not that I know of at least (that would work of course). So medication is still one of the best ways to help depression and anxiety. Without it, things are considerably harder. Yet, my brain, having been in survival mode for so long, can’t help but to grasp onto the comforts that depression offers.
On the other hand, I have the anxiety constantly nagging. It is always just getting in the way. It constantly makes me think that I am a bother to other people. That no one enjoys my company. That I am simply someone that others tolerate for to save my feelings. Anxiety is evil like that, it will take all the things you enjoy and make them feel like a chore. These are just some of the side effects of depression.
The combination of the two is usually unbearable. They will either work in synchrony or feed off of each other until I’m left laying in bed, unable to do anything. The depression sucking the energy out of me, the anxiety making me too fearful to do anything. It really is a terrible tag team.
However, I am still here, still fighting the good (well only) fight the best I can. It is incredibly difficult, but I know now that if I continue to fight, not giving up hope, that someday, I will be able to function just like everybody else.
Struggling with depression and anxiety – In conclusion
I also want to be living proof that mental illness can be bested. I’m constantly on the lookout for ways to overcome depression and anxiety. Overcoming depression is not easy and there’s no permanent solution, but I want to show you it can be done. That it can be beaten into a corner and locked away, not stealing the limelight of my achievements. I want to be the best me that I can be, and that’s really all I can hope for.
If you’re struggling with depression and anxiety don’t forget to share your story here. We are a community of people that want to help each other so you’re welcomed here. And please remember that treating depression without medication can be dangerous so try to use what the doctor gave you.
Lastly, I want to hear from you all, my lovely readers, on what you want me to write about next. It’s not that I’m running out of ideas, it’s just I want to gear my stories more towards helping you. The only way I can do that as effectively as I want to, is if you tell me what you need help with. So I want no holds barred, and I want to know exactly what’s on your mind. I will be posting two articles on Wednesday based on the two best, or most common requests. So let em rip!
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