Hi friends! The World Health Organization (WHO) held World Health Day on 4.7.17. Their campaign this year is "Depression: Let's talk." Typically I cover health topics of fitness and food on here, but today I would like to talk about Depression. The WHO reports Depression is the #1 leading cause of ill health and disability world wide. The foundation of our overall health resides in our emotional health and well being. By trade I am a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist so I have been trained to treat depression. What you might not know about me is that I sought treatment for depression after the birth of my son Owen. That was 8 years ago. I was overwhelmed with motherhood and it was affecting everything good in my life. Knowing the signs of depression, I reached out for professional help. I am very aware of the stigma that surrounds getting help for anything related to mental health, but did not know how strong it existed until I sought out my own treatment. Even with my M.S. in Clinical Health Psychology, I had to talk myself out of being embarrassed while making those phone calls to doctor's offices. I am after all human too. I can only imagine what most people think counseling is like and how it leads to most people keeping their suffering a secret. I firmly believe that telling my story is impacting a worldwide effort to break down the shame of being depressed and needing help. I found an amazing Therapist that gently guided me through some of the most difficult times of my life. It was everything I would've given to any patient of mine. I received tools to cope and the empathy to heal. If you are wavering on whether or not to get help, please know that you will be treated with respect and dignity. Many do not seek help because they feel like they are alone in their sorrows. The WHO wants you to know that Depression is existing on such a massive scale that either you or someone you know is suffering. There are 300 million people now living with depression.
Being "fit" means acknowledging the support we need emotionally and physically. We can thrive or barely survive. If you or someone know is suffering, please check out the WHO's website for information and resources to get help.