To Survivors of Depression, Chronic Illness, Mental Illness, & Trauma

*trigger warning*

If you’ve been hit hard by suicides in the news this week, you are not alone. It’s crushing to learn that these two incredible artists have chosen to end their lives.

I don’t doubt that Anthony Bourdain was influenced by the passing of Kate Spade’s suicide just days prior. Kade Spade was influenced by Robin William’s death, according to Kate’s sister. Now, while it’s a common topic of conversation, address these issues with your friends and family so that together we can help end this pattern, spread awareness, shed light on issues that most often stay buried in darkness, and forever stop people from calling suicide “selfish” ever again.
Sharing our prayers and thoughts for their families and loved ones now.

Sometimes life feels impossible to carry on. Sometimes you feel there are NO OTHER logical options. Sometimes suffering is our only reality, and there appears to be no end in sight.

In depression or in suffering, your feelings lie to you until your own inner compass is off course. When your own thoughts and emotions are steering you into a storm, lean on facts as your anchor instead, or the lies of depression and pain can sweep you away.

Facts:
-Things will change even when your mind tells you that nothing will ever be different.
-YOU MATTER, even if your thoughts tell you that you’re worthless right now.
-The world is BETTER OFF because you’re in it .
-Your life has purpose, even if you can’t always clearly see what that meaning is.
-You are lovable.
-You are loving.
-You are an important influence on people’s lives even if that doesn’t feel real to you today.
-You are MEANT TO BE here.

Depression can decieve you until you can’t even trust your own emotions. What might make sense to you one day, can be like the thoughts of a stranger on another day.
Depression isn’t only caused by mental illness, it can be caused by grief, by loss, by chronic pain, by trauma, by changes in your health, by a vitamin deficiency, by evironmental changes, or even small changes in your diet.
It can be a slow spiral, and sometimes you may not realize you’re living with depression until your brain has been lying to you for so long that one day you look around and feel trapped in your own story.
If you believe you might be losing control of your life, and worthlessness is heavy on your shoulders, please make an appointment to talk to your doctor asap.

Together you can create a plan to help you get on a path BACK TO YOURSELF.

*Your life is worth fighting for.

To talk to someone immediately, call your state’s Behavioral Health Department hotline to speak with a professional therapist day or night.

There is always hope, that’s a fact ❤

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About abodyofhope

I do not know why it is that we must wade through tragic circumstances to find truth. We nearly drown! But under the water, there are pearls. I hope in writing this blog, more will come to the surface. Over the past 13 years living with chronic pain, patient advocacy has affected my life through so many remarkable young people, women and men: SURVIVORS. These individuals are HOPE personified. I wish to honor them in the same spirit they have encouraged me to press on. Six years ago, I became bed-bound from a variety of chronic illnesses after a procedure meant to help the pain condition I had been managing for several years- went bust #BIGTIME. In the last 6 years, my entire life has changed. I have changed, but I am still striving to live my best life possible. Along with sharing inspiring pieces, medical/holistic research, and awareness articles, this blog is also an attempt to put my own pieces back together. Welcome to A Body of Hope, and thank you for visiting. [Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/ RSD, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Dysautonomia, Chronic Intractable Migraine, Cluster headache, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Occipital Neuralgia, Hypersensitivity to Sound & Light, Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME, Cerebrospinal Fluid Imbalance......blah, blah, blah] >>> P.S. My headgear is protective for pain. I just rock it hard.

Posted on June 11, 2018, in Depression, Inspiration, Mental Health, Robin Williams, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. This post hits close to home. It’s been a year and nearly 8 months since my daughter’s best friend ended his life. A year and nearly 8 months of trying to make sense of it. A thing we won’t ever be able to do. Even though it wasn’t unexpected, he’d battled depression for years, when it finally happened…. it was the biggest punch in the gut. All I kept thinking of was my own daughter. The spiral it threw her into. The year of numbness that preceded the almost
    8 months of raw recognition. Of anger and deep sadness. Someone told us that it takes about a year before grieving begins. I didn’t believe it until I witnessed it. Anyway, thank you for sharing this. ❤️

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  2. This was a very powerful post with so much emotions! I really felt this in so many ways. One of my best friends from high school’s daughter committed suicide at a very young age, she was only 15. There has been way too much suicide in this country and it is heart breaking!

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    • That makes me want to cry hearing that, Alyssa😢 I’m so sorry for your friend! I’m so sorry she’ll never see her daughter go to prom, or get married, or have children… Suicide and depression runs in my family, and I lost a friend at a young age to this- it’s the most confusing way to try to grieve… that pain sticks with you forever.
      We as a society thought we had all but cured depression, but at this stage, depression is becoming almost like a terminal illness.
      I believe God has a purpose for us all, and hope for our pain 💛

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      • Thank you for your sweet thoughts. It was a really difficult time for her. First her husband was murdered then her daughter commits suicide. She seems to be managing things well now, but I know it still hurts. It is sad what some people are forced to deal with in this world.

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  3. Very well said…we have suicide prevention networks here in our local communities making a real difference! 😀
    Jennifer

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  4. Reblogged this on DisabledandDivorced and commented:

    Written to anyone going through a crisis.

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