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My last depressive episode was a bad one. Thankfully, I think I’m on the other side of it, though. Thanksgiving weekend, just a few weekends back, is the most difficult time of year for me. It’s this weekend that I was abducted by PTSD and have been held captive ever since.
Despite all my efforts, I was unable to resuscitate a young man who passed on the front porch of my aunt’s apartment building. So, naturally, I fall to the darkened power of depression every year. Therefore, it stands to reason that my PTSD symptoms are set afire, and like a mental migraine, they overcome my brain and send me to hell. Basically, I ache, not physically, but mentally.
In those moments, I struggle to see the surrounding good, the sense of life and even my own self-worth. While this is obviously a very troubling way to feel, it does however, allow me to feel the fog start to lift. Feeling so intensely blue, makes the emergence of the more chipper me very easy to detect.
Which brings me to the now. Now, I am feeling more “normal.” If you are sitting there wondering how I can tell, well, let me explain. Firstly, it’s all about the energy level. I have more spring in my step and my endurance level is more like the old me. It’s like I am a video-game character, low on life force, (depression) until I suddenly come across a health kit – then BOOM! There is such a remarkable difference, that I have a “thank God” moment because of this contrast.
Secondly, the need to isolate myself has decreased to baseline. Sure, I’d still prefer the solitude of my own company, but I have an actual desire to see others and appreciate that I am liked by some and loved by others. In those moments, I feel so thankful that I braved the mental-illness hurricane, long enough to let it pass; at the end of the chaos, I am alive! Always.
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So, there you have it, this is how I know that I am on my way to wellness once more. Again, the contrast is so remarkable that I almost am euphoric with joy. Furthermore, when I land on the brighter side of my life’s mental-health journey, I am intensely more grateful for the life I have been given…
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