Sharing Stories

It wasn’t until I relapsed with Major Depression, and experienced the troubles and triumphs, that I wanted to reach out to the world and share my story.

I hoped by doing so, I would be able to help others and provide some level of hope.

My story began. . .

Some people thought it was a wonderful idea, while others were a bit hesitant as they thought it would have negativity consequences on my career. Although, I was never really worried about that as depression is as common (if not more) as hypertension these days, it is just less talked about. I was more worried about what people would think, and the assumptions that would transpire. My personal stories that I blog about are open, honest, raw, and vulnerable.

I think my deepest anxiety came from my negative assumptions my coworkers would have, but that anxiety was quickly neutralized with their abundance of support. Many of my coworkers were quick to open up to me about their own personal stories regarding their struggles with mental illnesses. It only validated how common mental illnesses are, and how uneasy people still feel to talk about it.

I am showing people it is OKAY to talk about it. It is okay to be taking medication. It is okay to see a therapist.

I am still the same person I was before anyone knew I was diagnosed with Major Depression. By the way, I also have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and ADHD. . And Joe Blow over there has hypertensive, high cholesterol, and diabetes (and no body thinks any different about him).

I honestly didn’t know the type of response I would, I was nervous and at times psyched myself out preparing for the worst. . .

My negative thoughts were quckily prooved wrong with an out-pouring of support from friends, family, coworkers, and from people all over the world. People started sharing their stories with me, some people turned to be for guidance and support. The next thing I knew I started creating social media platforms to provide my growing amount of followers a space where people could turn to for support.

This is still the beginning.

I only began this journey 2 months ago.
I am so excited for everyone to continue on this journey with me. ♡

16 thoughts on “Sharing Stories

  1. margaretsworldonline

    I had similar concerns when I first started my mental health blog. So far, I’ve received a lot of support about my blog. It’s really important that we all continue to talk about mental illnesses. Not talking about them reinforces the stigma.

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  2. shatteredwishes

    I am SO happy to hear about your story AND your amazing strength!! For me, I have a hard time “coming out” and talking about my Bipolar 1 disorder, because unlike Depression, Anxiety, or even ADHD, being Bipolar has such a HEAVY stigma in regards to being “psycho” that it is really hard for me to be as open as you are about it. I am still mostly anonymous here on my blog, although I have become more open recently, (sharing my photo and my name), but other than that, I haven’t really “come out” fully. Maybe if I become more confident and more secure, then I can open up a BIT more about my diagnosis. But thank you SO much for this brave and wonderful post and for putting yourself out there this way. When you followed my blog, it prompted me to come visit you here, so I am going to go ahead and “pay it forward” and follow yours! Keep up the amazing work Rachel! ❤

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  3. Leon Garber

    Your work is necessary, and so wonderful. There was an excellent in the NY Times this morning titled “In Praise of ADHD,” taking a more realistic and positive perspective of the diagnosis; you may enjoy it.

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  4. 4msbipolarmom

    Thank you for sharing your story and for being honest – I know what its like feeling vulnerable. What I’ve found is that people veer away from the truth… Especially when it comes with tears, and alot of unpretty. I think we need to do it more – not depress each other but instead, reflect on each others lessons and how they could help.

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  5. whoiszelda

    I love this and can completely relate. I was brought up to think depression was a sign of weakness & seeing a therapist meant you were insane. However, I too have relapsed & now understand it’s important to have these conversations. I’m never ashamed anymore about having a therapist or discussing my past. In fact, I think the more we do the quicker the stigmas will go away. Thanks for being so honest. Be proud of yourself 👏🏻 ❤️

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