[ Update ] It has been five years since I was diagnosed with depression and the fight is being won!
During this time I have learnt a lot. About myself and about the mental health issues which men face.
So often the experience is failure by the health service and society in general to help in a timely meaningful way.
For a calm man this makes me angry!
So my message to all you guys out there is simple..
If you are suffering … you are not alone…
The good news.. There is a wealth of friends and support to be drawn on… you just need to ‘think outside the bloody box’ and seek it out!
So let’s ‘man up’, open up and work together .. For like cancer … Depression can and will be beaten!
Where it all began…
Well hello and welcome friend…
This is important as it was Day 1 Minute 1 of the Reworking of Joseph in the early hours of 16 Feb 2013 when I wrote this!
You see for a little while now I have been suffering what has recently been diagnosed as depression. Little did I know! It has sort of crept up on me over many years, of this I am certain.
With recent challenging events in my life it has been thrown into sharp focus and like any corned rat it has struck out with quite some ferocity. Taking a fair old bite at me and out of me!
So … now that my feelings are reasonably low it is time to put the brakes on and start the, hopefully steady, if challenging climb back to where I was and, maybe, to better things as yet!
So there we have it… an introduction!
Just need a parting quote and I think this one sets the scene pretty well…
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
See you again soon… would appreciate any comments on the quote and to hear from anyone else in the throws of fighting depression… maybe even start a bit of a support group… just a thought!!