Depression Awareness Month
Why hello there.
Today is the beginning of October and for those who are aware of “awareness” months, we all tend to think of breast cancer during this month. There are tons and tons of companies who support breast cancer awareness every October, and that’s great because breast cancer is a horrible disease that hopefully they will one day find a cure for. But there is another very important cause this month that not very many companies seem to take notice of.
October is also depression awareness month. This subject obviously hits close to home for me this year since I have been experiencing it first-hand. No matter the cause of a depression, it’s a horrible thing to go through. I have found that talking about it with both people I know and virtual strangers (lots of you guys!) really helps, and makes me feel less alone. When you experience depression for the first time, you start to feel like you are losing your mind. You aren’t familiar with the feelings and how it can really impact every single small thing you do every day. But by talking about it with other people who have experienced it, it feels so much more manageable and understandable.
Those suffering from it or who have people close to them who are need to understand it. They need to know it’s not just being sad about something or feeling blue one day. You cannot just smile and get on with things easily. It’s crushing and debilitating. It’s physical. But it’s also something you can do something about. It doesn’t have to rule your life. By talking about it openly I hope to take away some of that stigma. Depression is an illness just like psoriasis or diabetes. Those who are suffering from a physical illness would go to a doctor to seek help. Those suffering from depression need to also seek help before it becomes too much to bear. There are so many different things you can do to treat it, but recognizing it and talking about it is the first step.
For more information about depression, check out the National Institute of Mental Health.
There is an official color for this month also and it happens to be one of my favorite nail polish shades: green!