My Depression: From Darkness to a Safe, Healing Space

September 2, 2014 1:52 PM

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My Depression: From Darkness to a Safe, Healing Space

I cannot be physically healthy if I am not mentally and spiritually healthy. I have suffered from bouts of depression since I was at least 15 years old. The depressed spirit that descended upon me was so heavy that I started calling it death. Death stalked and hovered over me daily. It became imbedded in my mind and tried to convince me that suicide was the only way to shut off the unbearable pain that I felt within and without. In those early years, I did not understand that death was actually depression. As a result, I did not seek any type of treatment and my depression, death, washed over me again and again. Being washed by depression beat and left me with several badly healed scars all over my mind.

Why am I "putting my personal business in the street?" Because I am tired of living with the shame and silent suffering that comes with depression. I have allowed my shame and silence to hold me captive for far too long. Instead of continuing to suffer in shame and silence, I sought healing for my b...

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