The Uninvited Guest: Depression
Is mental illness sabotaging your life? Get your life back!
The Uninvited Guest: Depression. By Becky Mackintosh
My heart sank as I read a recent blog post by a friend and mentor Dino Watt, entitled “There is hope in the darkness!“. With heartfelt love, Dino paid tribute to a beautiful and talented friend Kaila, who sadly lost her fight with mental illness.
The ugly disease and uninvited guest who calls himself “Depression”, crept in, unpacked and staked it’s claim as a permanent resident until the vibrant, young, talented, smart and beautiful girl could take it no more.
Mental Illness does not discriminate between sex, nationality, or religion. It does not care if you have a family, a job or a college degree.
Dino describes Kaila’s plight; “She struggled with a brain that was both brilliant and confused. Full of inspirational light and depressing darkness.”
No one is to judge. No one is to blame.
Unfortunately the tragic ending to Kaila’s story is not unique. I didn’t personally know Kaila, only from what Dino shared, he revealed that her family knew of her tough battle, her family loved her, her family sought support and help for her, but ultimately the bottom-line is “As it is with everything in life, the ultimate choice for our actions is with us, no matter how much others want to help.” ~Dino Watt
No one is to judge. No one is to blame.
Myself having struggled with uninvited bought’s of depression since the spring of 2011, I emphasize with and have compassion for those who live with this challenge on a daily basis. Until recently I was not ready to introduce my obnoxious guest to my family or friends for fear of seeming weak, therefore I kept him as hidden as possible. I’d tell myself to just “snap out of it”, but as time went on I began to worry that my guest was really intending to make me his new permanent resident.
Then one morning I said, “Enough IS Enough! I want my life back!”
I blogged about depression for the first time, six months ago, entitled, “The Big Dark Elephant In The Room: Dealing with Depression and Mental Illness“. I decided it was time to be REAL in hope to help others who also fight the fight. I opened up a little bit about my battle, NOT wanting to be too vulnerable, but enough to let the cat out of the bag. I’m a positive outgoing person who looks for the good in every experience and situation, therefore to talk about depression and how it personally effects me is out of my comfort zone, but a much needed stretch.
In my blog post I also shared, with permission, a story of a friend who also battles this fight, knowing her story would be a light to others. I also, introduced a product, a natural remedy called EMPower Plus Q96, that I had researched, personally tried and experienced relief. But for unexplained reasons I had not continued using the product. Months later the darkness got so bad that I knew I had to do something ASAP.
I called a friend and ordered Q96 in hope it would clear my mind, lift the darkness and let light in.
In deep gratitude.
To my pleasant surprise within 24 hours of placing my order – it was delivered to my door and in my hands. Within a week I undoubtely noticed a difference in my thoughts, clarity, focus and the much sought after light.
Now, eight weeks on the product I’m very pleased to report, I feel like myself once again – healthy and happy, therefore I share and urge others who battle mental illness to not let this uninvited visitor make himself a permanent resident in your life. Seek help if you haven’t already done so, open up to someone for support, do your research, speak to your physician and most of all – pray for guidance. You don’t have to live in darkness. There is hope. There is light.
My heart goes out to those mourning the loss of beautiful Kaila. I plead with those that battle depression and other forms of mental illness; Do not let this be your ending – BE the conquer. WIN the fight!
With love and gratitude,
Speaker, Author, Mom, Life Coach