It has been a long journey of self discovery but here’s what I want you to always remember:
#1. If you ever suffer from any of the symptoms of depression, you do not need to be afraid to acknowledge this and seek help, for there is absolutely no shame in suffering from depression, the only shame is missing out on life as a result of your suffering in silence. If you find you cannot talk to myself, other family members or your friends, the first person you should talk to is your GP, depression is an illness but does not necessarily need to be treated with medication. Your GP will be best equipped to guide you in the right direction.
#2. Being emotionally authentic and genuine by expressing how you are truly feeling can be a game changer for your relationships with your friends and family. When you stop talking about how you are feeling with your nearest and dearest, those relationships can deteriorate quite fast as your friends and loved ones may think they have done something wrong, sometimes taking offense as you become more and more isolated. This may be the hardest thing you will ever do but I promise you, talking it over with someone that loves you will be a weight off your shoulders.