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I have had many careers throughout my life, yet all involved helping people, in one way or another. Thinking about another’s feelings, observing their behavior, and utilizing my intuition, I have learned a lot about myself and others.  In my life, I try to make sure that each day I am moving forward.

I look backward and do ruminate; anxieties and doubts can race through my mind. But, when I am helping someone else in a crisis, there is no delay.  For an empathetic person, the desire to aid another is stronger than our fear.  We recall many of our life experiences as a method for becoming a better, more resilient person, focused on learning and personal growth.  When we see someone else in pain, we reflect upon our own and step in to assist because we recall how we felt when it was our turn to face desperation and a paralyzing lack of confidence.

Sometimes feeling stronger for someone else shows them that they can move beyond the current situation, even if it is only for a day, or perhaps just an hour……. Knowing that someone cares about their well-being and believes that they can improve, gives them a reason to keep going…..

At the end of the day, that is the goal of a focused life. Regardless of the situation, or how others may treat us, we look for the lesson to be learned and accumulate valuable life experience.  I didn’t like how I was treated, and if I can prevent someone else from experiencing the same devaluing experience, I am going to step in.  I recall the pain and terror of helplessness and I don’t ever want anyone else to feel that horrible feeling.

There is so much good in people despite quite a few who have tried to convince me otherwise. But, I focused on trying to find the good – sifting, searching deeper than the superficial surface of a situation or individual.  That has made all the difference in the quality of my life and interactions.  Fake people are blindingly obvious to an empathetic person.  We will help, but even we have our limits.  Our empathy is unlimited; our patience is not.

For anyone who is striving to improve their circumstances, take a grasp on their health and willing to take those baby steps, I will not let them walk alone.

 

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Education about mental disorders is still woefully low compared to those who suffer its effects.  Whether you, or someone you love, has depression, despite the soaring numbers of those afflicted, each individual feels desperately alone, ashamed, afraid, and overwhelmed.  Sometimes it is chemical, but it can also be situational or genetic; While precariously keeping it together, a major life change can trigger genuine mental and physical symptoms.  Whether you chose the wrong job, the wrong person, served in the military forces, cared for the elderly, had a family history of mental health issues, the death or estrangement of a loved one, and other vast and devastating experiences of daily life – symptoms are real and identifiable.

Social, psychological, and biological causes, combined with the social stigma can literally kill.  Mental disorders affect 350 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, and more than half receive no treatment.  In my work, I meet with so many affected individuals or relatives, afraid to seek out help or unable to afford the care they desperately need.  Education, accessibility, health insurance parity, and affordable medical care are critical to saving lives and families.  Communication and the safety to express genuine feelings and concerns, without retribution, is critical to asking for help.  It is not a weakness and no one seeks to be disabled by a mood disorder.  There are legitimate health risks at every age.

Saving your life, or that of another, is an act of bravery.  It is not cause for shame, it is an accomplishment to take action.

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It is a brutal fight, taking all of your strength to rise again, with personal trust and confidence eroded.  Disorganized thinking, difficulty concentrating, or remembering basic facts are part of the cognitive dissonance that depression causes.  Multi-layered therapies appear to have the best rate of success.

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Education is the tip of the iceberg.  Even if you are unable to seek help, or interact with others, the ability to take a free and anonymous mental health screening is a brilliant self-assessment tool.  Being self aware and sensitive to your own individual needs can begin the process of healing and receiving help in an overwhelmingly isolated and painful situation.  It takes months to recover one’s sense of self, or at least heal enough to gain the energy for perspective.  There is no magic pill, but developing coping skills and mechanisms, means that even if those daily steps are slow and tiny, they are moving forward, one at a time.

http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/hyho

https://psychcentral.com/lib/how-can-i-help-someone-in-my-life-whos-depressed/

https://www.verywell.com/how-to-help-someone-with-depression-1065117

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