“Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds.” –Louisa May Alcott
Statistically speaking, for a personal blog with a small reach, my post on depression generated a good deal of response. Some public, some private but all expressing gratitude and solidarity.
And so I feel compelled to say this: if you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of depression, please get help.
There’s no shame in this illness because that’s what it is—an illness. Not a character flaw. We have to shatter the stigma of mental illness our society still clings to. And we can do that when regular people find a little bit of ordinary brave, refuse to hide and step out of the shadows.
Because a thing loses its power in the light.
Find the right meds.
And a good counselor.
And for heaven’s sake, let’s quit adding our own shame and guilt to the misery.
For resources and information regarding depression and other mental illness, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness here.