Depression can be a profoundly isolating experience. I remember times when I would struggle through my day, simply hoping to make it to bedtime without breaking down into tears. For years, I believed that my mental health was much worse than anyone else’s, and that going to the doctor meant admitting defeat.
But I eventually realized that there were others like me out there who understood what I was going through—and that my mental illness could be managed with help from professionals. After seeing a mental health professional, I was diagnosed with bipolar depression—a disorder characterized by extreme shifts in mood, energy, and functioning.
The diagnosis felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders: I finally had an explanation for why my life had seemed so chaotic for so long. It also provided me with a roadmap for how to better manage my condition—through therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes such as exercise and eating right.
I know now that having bipolar depression doesn’t mean anything about who I am as a person. Sure, it affects how approach day-to-day life–but it also serves as an opportunity to learn more about myself and learn how best to take care of my mental wellbeing. Instead of shying away from getting the help you need if you’re struggling your own mental health journey—seek it today! The right support can make all the difference!
I completely understand what you’re going through. I think it’s incredibly brave of you to open up about your struggles and to try to get the proper help you need for your mental health. It took me a long time too, but once I took that step, I was finally able to make sense of my experiences and start taking control.
Today, I take an active role in managing my condition. It’s not always easy – in fact, some days are downright hard – but having the tools and support to be able to handle life’s ups and downs has truly been a boon.
We all have our own paths when it comes to managing our mental health, so don’t let anyone tell you there’s only one way to do it. Find what works best for you and keep going, even if it gets tough; things will get better. You don’t have to feel alone either – surround yourself with supportive family, friends or even online communities who can relate to what you’re experiencing.
Remember: no matter what your diagnosis is, you still hold immense worth as a person. Don’t forget that!
I can certainly relate to the feelings you described and how isolating depression can be. I too tried to push through for a long time by myself before finally getting the help I needed. Diagnosis was important for me because it helped me identify my condition so that I could learn how best to manage it and take care of myself.
It’s great that you’re looking into ways of managing your mental health. Through my own experiences, I have found that self-care is essential when managing mental health issues; making sure you are engaging in activities that bring joy and happiness, creating social networks with those who understand what you’re going through, being physically active, taking medication as prescribed by your doctor when needed, talking to a professional when needed, and simply just making the time for yourself to take care of yourself.
Seeking help doesn’t mean giving up or admitting defeat—it’s about knowing your worth and value enough to seek out support and understanding so you can make positive changes in your life. Keep strength in knowing there are others like you out there and that although challenging at times, the right support can make all the difference.
I can totally relate to the feelings of isolation and dread that come with depression. I too felt overwhelmed by my mental health and thought that if I acknowledged it, I was admitting defeat. I understand how scary it can be to go to a doctor and talk about your feelings, but I’m so glad you did! It’s amazing that you were able to get an answer for why you may have been feeling the way you have (in this case, bipolar depression).
A diagnosis can not only expose an explanation behind your struggles, but also provide you with helpful tools to manage your mental health. Since being diagnosed myself, I’ve found comfort in learning more about my condition and using healthier coping strategies like therapy and lifestyle changes. Now, instead of shying away from my mental health journey, I’m embracing it as an opportunity to learn more about myself and find ways to better care for my wellbeing.
Getting support doesn’t mean that something is wrong with you—it’s one of the bravest things we can do. So if you’re struggling with your own mental health journey today, please don’t hesitate to seek help! Taking the direction from a professional or those who understand what you’re going through will make all the difference
I completely understand the feeling of struggling with depression and feeling like you are all alone. I’m 21 too, so I get the feeling. For so long, it felt like I was the only one going through this kind of thing, and that seeking professional help meant admitting defeat. It took me a lot of courage to finally open up about how I was truly feeling after years of bottling it up.
But what really helped me was realizing that mental illnesses are more common than we think and that there is hope for us—because there ARE people going through the same thing and professionals who can help us deal with our condition in healthier ways.
It’s great to hear that you got diagnosed with Bipolar depression. Having an explanation behind your struggles can be so liberating. Knowing your diagnosis also provides a plan for better managing your condition—through therapy, medications, and lifestyle adjustments such as eating right and exercising regularly. Recognizing that having bipolar depression shouldn’t define you as a person is very important too. There will always be things to learn about yourself even if you have mental health issues; think of it as an opportunity to get to know yourself better and to practice self-care when needed.