My depression went undiagnosed until I was 23, largely because I was afraid of feeling dependent on medication. In my mind, needing medication meant I wouldn’t have control over my life—that the medication would. I reached a point in life where I was always angry, and when I started lashing out at my children, I knew it was time to face my fear and get help. A piece of advice: It’s okay to treat a chemical imbalance with medication. You wouldn’t refuse insulin treatment for diabetes, so why fear needing to treat a chemical imbalance to feel like yourself? And while medication can certainly treat an imbalance and treat symptoms, it’s not enough for many people. Just like diet and exercise go hand-in-hand, so too does medication and lifestyle changes. Fueled by years of negative patterns and self-destructive behavior, it took years for me to realize that hating my depression didn’t mean I had to hate myself. And wow, what a game changer that was.
It’s easy to lose sight of who you are when you’re unhappy or battling depression. It can make you feel like you’re destined to live a life of mediocrity, and that no matter what you do, this is the life you’re stuck with. And the moment you start having those thoughts, or questioning if this really is all you’re meant for, that moment means you’re meant for more. It means your soul is sending you a nudge to take action and start making changes to get the life you want. Here’s the thing: You have a choice over how you feel and how you live your life. Don’t worry. I used to roll my eyes and get frustrated with sayings like that, too. Because who would choose to live an unhappy life? If I could choose to be happy I would, right?
Like it or not, you have an opportunity every day to decide how you’re going to think and react to the world around you. I came to terms with that after I went through my own life-coaching experience, and wow what a difference it made. After realizing that I could be happy, not let depression define who I was, and really create the life I wanted I knew I had to share that power with others. I’ve remained passionate about helping others gain clarity and recognize their own passions and purpose. I have chosen to specialize in helping mothers of children with ADHD, just like me. Please join me on this amazing journey of self-discovery and fulfillment. Take the first step to a better you, and know that you don’t have to do it alone.
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