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Break Your Depression

You can break your depression and start living better. Depression is a debilitating disease that millions of sufferers fight to overcome. Here I share my personal experiences living with depression in an effort to manage my symptoms more effectively and help others in the same situation. It has become a, "life line' and brings me joy. My hope and prayer is this blog will bless and encourage you to never give up. I truly believe the contents of this website and the posts will help you better relate to your current situation and begin to make decisions that will catapult your life to next level. I have suffered from depression for longer than I will admit and have been treated for this debilitating condition for several years. I was anti-social and although I was able to maintain my employment, I was not "happy". Some days I felt somewhat "happy" while other days I felt as though I could see no real "purpose" for my life. I was just existing from day-to-day. As I sought treatment after years of prodding from my best friend, I started taking medication and although I have improved in many ways I am still impacted by depression on a daily basis. I want to share my experiences in an effort to help someone else with a similar story. I know there are many people who need help but are afraid to seek treatment. Please take the time to subscribe to this blog for daily insight and If there is something I can do for you send me an email; u_r_worth_it@yahoo.com.

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To Whom Much Is Given, Much is Required

"Continue to give and you shall be blessed exponentially."

My Tears Are Temporary

My tears are temporary because I will not allow depression to get the best of me. My tears are temporary because I am fighting to overcome my circumstances. My tears are temporary because I am expecting a breakthrough any day now. My tears are temporary because even if sadness endures for the night, joy will come in the morning. My tears are temporary because I will not always feel as though I am in a dark place. I will soon walk into a place that is illuminated with a brilliant light that shines and beams; I can feel the reflection on my face that feels warm and peaceful. My tears are temporary because I know I will come out of this stronger. I know I am a winner because I refuse to quit. I am a winner because giving up is never an option. I am a winner because there are individuals waiting on me to succeed to empower them.

Every Setback is a Setup; For a Comeback

Every time you are faced with a perceived SETBACK; fired from a job, passed over for a promotion, failing health, sad news or a disappointment. You are actually being prepared for a major breakthrough in your life. All of these circumstances are common life experiences that shape who we are. Often times,they catapult us to the next level in life, the next step on our journey, the next rung on the ladder of success. We are being SETUP for success, aligned to overcome, seasoned to shine. The sweetest COMEBACK of all time has been forecast in your future, and it is headed your way and destined to appear. We must remain steadfast, true to our purpose and relentless in our quest. Hang in there, do not give up and continue doing what you do best.

Your Latter Will Be Greater Than The Rest

"Everything You Need To Succeed Lies Within You."

Why People Kill Themselves

This is a very difficult subject to discuss. However, I want to shed light on the issue because I know so many people try to understand why their loved ones would commit such an act perceived to be, “selfish.” I am able to speak on this topic because I have suffered from clinical depression for most of my adult life.

If I had to answer the question about why I became depressed I would say the single event I believe contributed the most; the sudden divorce of my parents. It has taken years to arrive at that conclusion but it’s all makes sense now. I was a freshmen in college and it was devastating. I consider myself to be a resident expert on the reason people kill themselves because I believe that 95% of people who suffer from depression have thought about ending their lives.A depressed person who take psychotropic drugs has the means to end their life by simply taking an overdose and the truth is, if someone really wants to die by way of suicide there is not much anyone can do unless you catch them in enough time to save them.

Let me say this, in most cases the successful person in committing suicide is not trying to hurt anyone; they are trying to end their pain. At the moment they decide to pull the trigger, hang themselves,jump off a bridge, take an overdose, step off the curb into oncoming traffic, or sit in the garage with the car running. During that time and space, during that precise moment they believe there is absolutely nothing to live for and life is too painful. Death is bearable. This feeling of hopelessness may only last for a split second but… That is when they jump, or pull the trigger, or take the overdoes, or step off the curb, or put the noose around their neck, or start the car engine; for that second they could not continue on. They never lived to realize the next moment, or hour, or day or week would be better. Some may have killed themselves accidentally. Most importantly know, it was most likely not about you, or because of you.

Depression is a debilitating disease that affects millions of people every single moment of every single day. People who are depressed do not want to be this way.. They feel as though they are a burden when they are feeling down and that is why they isolate themselves, stop communicating and try on their own volition to pull themselves out. You should know the warning signs but there may not be any. The best help you do for a depressed person is to check on they through a phone call, text, email or face to face visit. Just don’t ignore them. Let them know you care and have thought about how they are doing. You can also encourage them to exercise, get at least fifteen minutes per day of sunshine, listen to upbeat music,keep a journal and set at least two attainable goals per day. They could even plan the goals out in advance and put them on their calendar so when the day comes when they don’t feel like thinking of a goal they can just check their calendar.

Do not feel sorry for people who suffer from depression, rather empathize and be committed to understanding their situation. The main thing they want from their loved ones in constant contact and reassurance they are loved and not looked down upon. Because they are in such a vulnerable state, they begin to ponder on thoughts that are not true. There mind is trying to have them believe thoughts that are not true. Most of all, do not give up on them and do not take their situation personally. They are emotionally sick and often times struggle ti understand themselves. Most of all, pray for the depressed each and every day.

Chronic Depression and Worry

A diagnosis of chronic depression does not always have worry and anxiety as a component. It is extremely important to recognize that their are many reasons for depression. Specifically, someone with a diagnosis of chronic depression has experienced sadness, crying, loss of interest, and poor appetite to name a few; for two or more consecutive weeks. They may not experience all of the symptoms noted. However, depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. For example, the brain of a depressed individual is distinctly different than that of someone who does not suffer from depression. An individual who comes from a family that has relatives with depression has an increased chance of suffering from depression.

An individual who has depression, tends to worry constantly almost to the point of paranoia and suffers from several episodes of anxiety every month, is likely to hospitalized and receiving benefits from disability. An individual who has received a higher education, has maintained long-term employment and is able to function successfully in society is managing their condition well. They certainly have setbacks and days they feel sad and helpless but this is simply a part of the debilitating disease.

A depressed individual does not cope in the same manner as a healthy individual. As a matter of fact, the depressed individual likely copes more effectively because they are constantly trying to keep their head above water. They have to ward off harmful thoughts and feelings in order to function and appear If they take medication, they have serotonin being released daily to impact their mood in a positive way. The level of serotonin in our brain has a direct affect on everyone. A depressed individual has a lower level of serotonin in their brain which causes sadness and despair.

A depressed individual who worries more than average would likely have hypertension and high blood pressure. They would also be at risk of heart disease. For these reasons, exercise, certain food that help with depression and eating for your blood type can all play a significant role in decreasing episodes of depression and increasing mood.

There are so many stressful events that adversely affect mood. Depressed individuals must try to stay ahead of that by having coping mechanisms in place. They must be able to identify potential stressors and walk away. They have to guard their heart and not let circumstances outside of their control derail their mind.

Worry is an enemy of us all, but can have a catastrophic effect on a depressed individual. Here are three steps to defeat worry;

#1) Do not worry about situations you did not create; do not get involved

#2) Stay ahead of your disease by exercise, sleeping 6-8 hours per night and expecting a good day.

#3) Channel your energies in such a way that you begin to recreate who you are; There will always be something. Do not let it get the best of you.

You are worth it and your life is valuable.

“GIVING UP IS NOT AN OPTION!!’

All I Can Do Is Sigh

All I Can Do Is Sigh

All I can do is sigh because I am feeling defeated. I am feeling rejected by so many sides. I know I have all that it takes to manage this journey called life successfully.

I seem to have less patience regarding my current circumstances and even though i know hat others have nothing to do with my ultimate destiny; I feel held back, unseen, not noticed. I am not speaking

of personal acknowledgement but more about the opportunities that generally come with excellent performance.

I proudly compete with myself at a level that is usually leaps and bounds above the rest. But still no movement. I would never gives less than 150% because that is who I am. I do however know this to be true.

Individuals make change because of inspiration or desperation. They are inspired to achieve a goal or desperate to survive their circumstances. i am feeling desperate right now as though I cannot hang on much longer. i have employed many tools in my arsenal and coped under extreme unfathomable circumstances. I have grown weary in well doing and my maximum ability to fight is nearing its threshold.

All I can do is sigh because giving up is the natural solution, realizing no breakthrough is coming causes reality to set in and words like hopelessness, dread, and worthless come to mind.

Here is the thing, you have come to far to turn back now, someone is waiting to how you made it, the light at the end of the tunnel must be peeking around the next corner. There is no way you can give in to the negative suicidal thoughts that encourage you to devise a plan to end it all.

Just when the tides are about to turn, the winds about to subside and the impossible will become possible; you will get a burst of energy, a little more wherewithal and hear a voice that clearly says, “Push Through”.

Think about a sigh of relief that will help

you get past this storm and allow you to live another day.

‘GIVING UP IS NEVER AN OPTION!.”

Feeling Underappreciated

Everyone wants to feel appreciated for the gifts, talents, strengths and ideas they bring to the table. Whether it’s a relationship, marriage, friendship or work-related situation. However, it’ seems more and more that individuals are taken for granted. It is a tough pill to swallow when you stick with someone and see them through tough times, go out of your way to be supportive; but in return you are taken for granted and used.

It is especially hard when you already have sensitive emotions and then feel as though your kindness is mistaken for weakness.

Second by Second

The best way I can think of how a person who suffers with depression feels; is they literally cope… Second by Second. It is absolutely not far-fetched to believe that you can speak with an individual and they sound as if their spirits are high. You can hang up with them and within the next two hours they can feel like their in the depths of despair.

This disease is unrelenting and part of the reason after a suicide you hear the comment, “She/ He seemed fine and there were no warning signs,” is because trying to survive second by second tears at the fiber of the depressed individual.

So, what coping skills or daily mantras should a sufferer of depression employ?

#1- Decide that no matter how hard life gets, you can never give up or carry out a suicide plan.

#2- Decide to call or text your accountability partner when you feel like you are drowning in quicksand.

#3- Decide you will get at least 15 minutes of sun every day.

#4- Decide you will shower every day.

#5- Decide you will complete a minimum of two tasks every day (making your bed is one)

#6- Decide you will walk/exercise 10 minutes per day.

#7- Decide you will think of something or someone that makes you laugh

#8- Decide you will cry if you need to and let it go.

#9- Decide you will pray for the ones you love.

#10- Decide you will believe in yourself and your ability to defeat depression.”

Pick at least four of these coping skills to complete every day.

Yes, it’s a daily struggle but you deserve to feel better.

Second by second you are on your way to be healed.

Be my cheerleader

You have no idea how i️ feel; you would not be able to fathom. Every day i️ have to cheer myself up in order to make it through the day. It’s exhausting and difficult to beat at times. i️ need you to understand to be patient if i️ am moving slow. Do not judge me if i️ seem disengaged. Just give me some time to get back in the game. i️ am trying to shake it off but some days are better than others. I️ have to exhibit courage and resilience and pull from other areas to preserve my emotions. There is a struggle in my mind to fight off the negative thoughts and push myself forward. Help me push, do not walk away. Help me get through it, do not leave me behind. I️ need you more at this time than you could ever imagine. I️ cannot make it alone I️ need as many of those who understand as I️ can get. Be my cheerleader.

The Struggle

The depression struggle is real. The past couple of days I have felt down. I have been working really hard and I am exhausted but despite that I have not wanted to do anything.  I did walk the dogs and swim (I felt a little better) but I’m still feeling the internal sickness depression brings. Every single day I am faced with shaping the end result of the 24 hours we are given.

Those who suffer from depression do not start with an even playing field each day; they start with mustering up the strength to face day. Most days there is an overwhelming feeling that encourages the depressed to stay in bed all day. It can be a brutal existence that wears, steals joy and is unrelenting. 

The only way to fight the daily depression saga is to try to get ahead of it. Set three rules that must be followed no matter how you feel. #1) Get up every day and head out to where you should be. #2)- Take a shower within one hour and #3) Set two goals you must accomplish every day.

Keep living and striving to maintain your mental health. The moment you decide to stop fighting you open the door for a depressive episode that may get the best of you. Also, find an accountability partner who can help keep you on track. Depression is a disease that is tougher to fight without the help of others. You need to find a confidante who will have your back.

GIVING UP IS NEVER AN OPTION.

Do you know who I am?

I am unpredictable and I will strike and bring your mood down faster than anything else. You can feel on top of the world with no worries on your heart and I will seep in a moments notice to steal your joy. I guess you could say that I am like a thief in the night who wreaks havoc and leaves uundetected. My job is to make you feel hopeless and prove the progress you made will eventually push you back to square one. 

Have you figured out who I am yet?  Do you comprehend how I make your loved think you are unstable, forgetful and in another episode. I force myself into your life, am I never invited and I show up at the most inopportune times. I do not care how important your meeting is, or how your kids are counting on you. I cannot be concerned about how you want to stay in bed everyday.  

Yes, you figured me out, I am depression; your worst nightmare, the thought that makes you feel full of despair and tells you to give up. I am the thought that wakes you up in the middle of the night, if you finally get to sleep. I permeate your mind and try to reverse all the encouragement, positive thoughts and deeds to convince life just is not worth it. Once I have control over your thoughts you will sink deeper and deeper into the dark hole. 

There is a way to keep me at bay and make it harder for me to disrupt your life. However, the chances of you being successful are low because I send all of my friends to plant seeds. I send self-doubt, worry, and hopelessness. You can defeat me by thinking positively and refusing to give in to the seeds I am constantly planting. You must be relentless and have a plan to pull yourself out of the quicksand of sadness.

You must get up every day with your mind made up to push through no matter how you feel. You must get up every day determined that your best days are ahead, you must get up every day with an arsenal of positive thoughts, you must get up every day knowing you have friends you can call on for  uplifting. You have to get up every day with the mindset that today will be better than yesterday. You have to get up every day believing  you have something to contribute to this world, you have to get up every day knowing you are worthy and life is worth living.

If you feel you need a seek professional help please do not hesitate. You are not crazy. By the year 2020, suicide will be the number one cause of death in America. You do not have to suffer in silence. Ask someone to go with you. Please do not give up on yourself. Feel free to drop me a line; u_r_worth_it@yahoo.com

‘GIVING UP IS NEVER AN OPTION

Depression is Daunting

Having a mental illness is one of the most difficult situations to deal with in your life. It can easily consume your life and render you so helpless you can hardly get out of bed. You lack any appetite and almost have to force yourself to eat. You are not interested in anything and nothing seems to matter. You just exist and hope that you feel better in the next day, week, month or coming months. Depression produces a daunting and overwhelming feeling. You have to fight with all you have to make it. You are at the mercy of your thoughts and most of the time have to convince yourself that life has a purpose and must get better. You are not alone. There are so many others who can relate to these circumstances. Keep pushing through.. its a must. GIVING UP IS NEVER AN OPTION.

50 Positive thoughts to help fight depression

TAMERA’S FABULOUS FIFTY LIFE NUGGETS
Here are all FIFTY nuggets in one place for your reading pleasure.

#1)- it is never too late to fulfill your purpose on this earth. Pray to God.
#2)-You have the power to overcome your current circumstances no matter what they are.
#3)- Sometimes you are your worst critic. Cut yourself some slack.
#4)- if you find the same types of situations or challenges coming up in your life. God wants you to act differently, move in a different direction or make a different decision. Pass the test; then you can move on.
#5)- Your best testimony is comprised of the small wins, the doubts you overcome and the realization that you have what it takes.
#6) You are perfect the way you are
#7) Everything you need to succeed lies on the inside of you
#8) Do not allow other people to steal your joy; take away the power they have over you.
#9) Laugh five times more than you worry and let God carry your burdens; leave them at His throne
#10) Usually people argue, fuss and fight due to their insecurity; do not participate.

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The Best Is Yet To Come

The best is yet to come means your breakthrough is much closer than you can ever imagine. You have weathered the storm and made it to another year and you are still standing. Keep doing what you are doing and remember, “Giving up is Never an Option.”

A Depressed mind believes it is always alone

An individual who suffers from depression often feels they are alone. Even though they believe their life can get better; they accept their reality. Deep down on the days when others around them feel they should be, “on top of the world,” and instead they are fighting to breathe, they are truly alone in their personal pain. One of their most compassionate and loving friends, will eventually grow frustrated because they fail to see any progress in their situation. Even this person only understands to a certain degree and really cannot fathom the feeling. Times like this really hurt the depressed individual because they know their progress is hit and miss; situational and seasonal; yet their fight is unrelenting and they want to be free from depression more than anything else. Anyone who listened to the daily struggle the depressed individual endures; would not be willing to walk one day in their shoes. It feels like you must always be on your, “A” game, you must be prepared to fight when you have no wind in your sail, to overcome and push through when you are mentally and physically exhausted. Your survival depends on it, but even given that it seems to be an insurmountable battle. A great deal of being depressed is how the individual feels about circumstances, comments, and their ability to cope with day-to-day happenings. The individual who suffers from depression has the condition on their mind when they awaken in the morning and when they lay their head on their pillow at night. They really need to have their thinking reprogrammed. It is during their darkest hour, when they feel like giving up and they literally feel alone. They do not want to share with their friends how they really feel every day; because they are afraid their friendship with feel like a burden to them; they often avoid communication when they are experiencing a downward spiral. This is probably the worst time for them not to communicate because they are alone with their thoughts. If you sense this in a loved one; force the communication and help them push through the pain of feeling all alone. It is really a cry for help and just communicating a simple message may be all they need to get back in the game. GIVING UP IS NEVER AN OPTION

Chronic Depression and Worry

A diagnosis of chronic depression does not always have worry and anxiety as a component. It is extremely important to recognize that their are many reasons for depression. Specifically, someone with a diagnosis of chronic depression has experienced sadness, crying, loss of interest, and poor appetite to name a few; for two or more consecutive weeks. They may not experience all of the symptoms noted. However, depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. For example, the brain of a depressed individual is distinctly different than that of someone who does not suffer from depression. An individual who comes from a family that has relatives with depression has an increased chance of suffering from depression.

An individual who has depression, tends to worry constantly almost to the point of paranoia and suffers from several episodes of anxiety every month, is likely to hospitalized and receiving benefits from disability. An individual who has received a higher education, has maintained long-term employment and is able to function successfully in society is managing their condition well. They certainly have setbacks and days they feel sad and helpless but this is simply a part of the debilitating disease.

A depressed individual does not cope in the same manner as a healthy individual. As a matter of fact, the depressed individual likely copes more effectively because they are constantly trying to keep their head above water. They have to ward off harmful thoughts and feelings in order to function and appear If they take medication, they have serotonin being released daily to impact their mood in a positive way. The level of serotonin in our brain has a direct affect on everyone. A depressed individual has a lower level of serotonin in their brain which causes sadness and despair.

A depressed individual who worries more than average would likely have hypertension and high blood pressure. They would also be at risk of heart disease. For these reasons, exercise, certain food that help with depression and eating for your blood type can all play a significant role in decreasing episodes of depression and increasing mood.

There are so many stressful events that adversely affect mood. Depressed individuals must try to stay ahead of that by having coping mechanisms in place. They must be able to identify potential stressors and walk away. They have to guard their heart and not let circumstances outside of their control derail their mind.

Worry is an enemy of us all, but can have a catastrophic effect on a depressed individual. Here are three steps to defeat worry;

#1) Do not worry about situations you did not create; do not get involved

#2) Stay ahead of your disease by exercise, sleeping 6-8 hours per night and expecting a good day.

#3) Channel your energies in such a way that you begin to recreate who you are; There will always be something. Do not let it get the best of you.

You are worth it and your life is valuable.

“GIVING UP IS NOT AN OPTION!!’

All I Can Do Is Sigh

All I Can Do Is Sigh

All I can do is sigh because I am feeling defeated. I am feeling rejected by so many sides. I know I have all that it takes to manage this journey called life successfully.

I seem to have less patience regarding my current circumstances and even though i know hat others have nothing to do with my ultimate destiny; I feel held back, unseen, not noticed. I am not speaking

of personal acknowledgement but more about the opportunities that generally come with excellent performance.

I proudly compete with myself at a level that is usually leaps and bounds above the rest. But still no movement. I would never gives less than 150% because that is who I am. I do however know this to be true.

Individuals make change because of inspiration or desperation. They are inspired to achieve a goal or desperate to survive their circumstances. i am feeling desperate right now as though I cannot hang on much longer. i have employed many tools in my arsenal and coped under extreme unfathomable circumstances. I have grown weary in well doing and my maximum ability to fight is nearing its threshold.

All I can do is sigh because giving up is the natural solution, realizing no breakthrough is coming causes reality to set in and words like hopelessness, dread, and worthless come to mind.

Here is the thing, you have come to far to turn back now, someone is waiting to how you made it, the light at the end of the tunnel must be peeking around the next corner. There is no way you can give in to the negative suicidal thoughts that encourage you to devise a plan to end it all.

Just when the tides are about to turn, the winds about to subside and the impossible will become possible; you will get a burst of energy, a little more wherewithal and hear a voice that clearly says, “Push Through”.

Think about a sigh of relief that will help

you get past this storm and allow you to live another day.

‘GIVING UP IS NEVER AN OPTION!.”

Feeling Underappreciated

Everyone wants to feel appreciated for the gifts, talents, strengths and ideas they bring to the table. Whether it’s a relationship, marriage, friendship or work-related situation. However, it’ seems more and more that individuals are taken for granted. It is a tough pill to swallow when you stick with someone and see them through tough times, go out of your way to be supportive; but in return you are taken for granted and used.

It is especially hard when you already have sensitive emotions and then feel as though your kindness is mistaken for weakness.

Second by Second

The best way I can think of how a person who suffers with depression feels; is they literally cope… Second by Second. It is absolutely not far-fetched to believe that you can speak with an individual and they sound as if their spirits are high. You can hang up with them and within the next two hours they can feel like their in the depths of despair.

This disease is unrelenting and part of the reason after a suicide you hear the comment, “She/ He seemed fine and there were no warning signs,” is because trying to survive second by second tears at the fiber of the depressed individual.

So, what coping skills or daily mantras should a sufferer of depression employ?

#1- Decide that no matter how hard life gets, you can never give up or carry out a suicide plan.

#2- Decide to call or text your accountability partner when you feel like you are drowning in quicksand.

#3- Decide you will get at least 15 minutes of sun every day.

#4- Decide you will shower every day.

#5- Decide you will complete a minimum of two tasks every day (making your bed is one)

#6- Decide you will walk/exercise 10 minutes per day.

#7- Decide you will think of something or someone that makes you laugh

#8- Decide you will cry if you need to and let it go.

#9- Decide you will pray for the ones you love.

#10- Decide you will believe in yourself and your ability to defeat depression.”

Pick at least four of these coping skills to complete every day.

Yes, it’s a daily struggle but you deserve to feel better.

Second by second you are on your way to be healed.

Be my cheerleader

You have no idea how i️ feel; you would not be able to fathom. Every day i️ have to cheer myself up in order to make it through the day. It’s exhausting and difficult to beat at times. i️ need you to understand to be patient if i️ am moving slow. Do not judge me if i️ seem disengaged. Just give me some time to get back in the game. i️ am trying to shake it off but some days are better than others. I️ have to exhibit courage and resilience and pull from other areas to preserve my emotions. There is a struggle in my mind to fight off the negative thoughts and push myself forward. Help me push, do not walk away. Help me get through it, do not leave me behind. I️ need you more at this time than you could ever imagine. I️ cannot make it alone I️ need as many of those who understand as I️ can get. Be my cheerleader.

The Struggle

The depression struggle is real. The past couple of days I have felt down. I have been working really hard and I am exhausted but despite that I have not wanted to do anything.  I did walk the dogs and swim (I felt a little better) but I’m still feeling the internal sickness depression brings. Every single day I am faced with shaping the end result of the 24 hours we are given.

Those who suffer from depression do not start with an even playing field each day; they start with mustering up the strength to face day. Most days there is an overwhelming feeling that encourages the depressed to stay in bed all day. It can be a brutal existence that wears, steals joy and is unrelenting. 

The only way to fight the daily depression saga is to try to get ahead of it. Set three rules that must be followed no matter how you feel. #1) Get up every day and head out to where you should be. #2)- Take a shower within one hour and #3) Set two goals you must accomplish every day.

Keep living and striving to maintain your mental health. The moment you decide to stop fighting you open the door for a depressive episode that may get the best of you. Also, find an accountability partner who can help keep you on track. Depression is a disease that is tougher to fight without the help of others. You need to find a confidante who will have your back.

GIVING UP IS NEVER AN OPTION.

Do you know who I am?

I am unpredictable and I will strike and bring your mood down faster than anything else. You can feel on top of the world with no worries on your heart and I will seep in a moments notice to steal your joy. I guess you could say that I am like a thief in the night who wreaks havoc and leaves uundetected. My job is to make you feel hopeless and prove the progress you made will eventually push you back to square one. 

Have you figured out who I am yet?  Do you comprehend how I make your loved think you are unstable, forgetful and in another episode. I force myself into your life, am I never invited and I show up at the most inopportune times. I do not care how important your meeting is, or how your kids are counting on you. I cannot be concerned about how you want to stay in bed everyday.  

Yes, you figured me out, I am depression; your worst nightmare, the thought that makes you feel full of despair and tells you to give up. I am the thought that wakes you up in the middle of the night, if you finally get to sleep. I permeate your mind and try to reverse all the encouragement, positive thoughts and deeds to convince life just is not worth it. Once I have control over your thoughts you will sink deeper and deeper into the dark hole. 

There is a way to keep me at bay and make it harder for me to disrupt your life. However, the chances of you being successful are low because I send all of my friends to plant seeds. I send self-doubt, worry, and hopelessness. You can defeat me by thinking positively and refusing to give in to the seeds I am constantly planting. You must be relentless and have a plan to pull yourself out of the quicksand of sadness.

You must get up every day with your mind made up to push through no matter how you feel. You must get up every day determined that your best days are ahead, you must get up every day with an arsenal of positive thoughts, you must get up every day knowing you have friends you can call on for  uplifting. You have to get up every day with the mindset that today will be better than yesterday. You have to get up every day believing  you have something to contribute to this world, you have to get up every day knowing you are worthy and life is worth living.

If you feel you need a seek professional help please do not hesitate. You are not crazy. By the year 2020, suicide will be the number one cause of death in America. You do not have to suffer in silence. Ask someone to go with you. Please do not give up on yourself. Feel free to drop me a line; u_r_worth_it@yahoo.com

‘GIVING UP IS NEVER AN OPTION

Depression is Daunting

Having a mental illness is one of the most difficult situations to deal with in your life. It can easily consume your life and render you so helpless you can hardly get out of bed. You lack any appetite and almost have to force yourself to eat. You are not interested in anything and nothing seems to matter. You just exist and hope that you feel better in the next day, week, month or coming months. Depression produces a daunting and overwhelming feeling. You have to fight with all you have to make it. You are at the mercy of your thoughts and most of the time have to convince yourself that life has a purpose and must get better. You are not alone. There are so many others who can relate to these circumstances. Keep pushing through.. its a must. GIVING UP IS NEVER AN OPTION.

50 Positive thoughts to help fight depression

TAMERA’S FABULOUS FIFTY LIFE NUGGETS
Here are all FIFTY nuggets in one place for your reading pleasure.

#1)- it is never too late to fulfill your purpose on this earth. Pray to God.
#2)-You have the power to overcome your current circumstances no matter what they are.
#3)- Sometimes you are your worst critic. Cut yourself some slack.
#4)- if you find the same types of situations or challenges coming up in your life. God wants you to act differently, move in a different direction or make a different decision. Pass the test; then you can move on.
#5)- Your best testimony is comprised of the small wins, the doubts you overcome and the realization that you have what it takes.
#6) You are perfect the way you are
#7) Everything you need to succeed lies on the inside of you
#8) Do not allow other people to steal your joy; take away the power they have over you.
#9) Laugh five times more than you worry and let God carry your burdens; leave them at His throne
#10) Usually people argue, fuss and fight due to their insecurity; do not participate.

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The Best Is Yet To Come

The best is yet to come means your breakthrough is much closer than you can ever imagine. You have weathered the storm and made it to another year and you are still standing. Keep doing what you are doing and remember, “Giving up is Never an Option.”

Helping You Understand My Plight

Helping you understand my plight would allow you to, walk in my shoes, feel what I am going through, share my pain and experience my plight. I am not seeking your sympathy but rather your understanding; I am not expecting you to fully understand what I am going through; but ask you to be willing to accept my circumstances. I want more than anything to be healed from this unforgiving disease that attempts to steal my joy every day of my life. If you try to understand my plight, you will understand I am not always late on purpose; I may say, “no” to the social events you invite me to, but my decision has nothing to do with you. Depression causes me to lose interest in friends, makes me feel like sleeping all the time and robs my energy. Some days I am able to escape the gloom, but on others I am not feeling as capable. It really can be a dark existence but as many understanding individuals I can reach out to the better my chance for survival.

You are never alone; there are so many people who care about you

"You are valued, worthy and your life is important."