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This is the second in a series of posts about depression and more importantly, how we can take steps to hopefully keep it under control. If you missed part one click HERE.
After I was diagnosed with depression, I was convinced I could limit both the frequency of my ‘bad’ days, and also the severity of those days. I researched everything I could about how other sufferers deal with their condition, and listed all the advice I thought could work for me. This resulted in fifteen steps, which I’m covering over fifteen weeks, and this is number two.
Step 2 – It’s Easier than we Think
AKA – See a Doctor
I’ve had many jobs. A few years ago, I started labouring on building sites, and the manager used to put me on the painting tasks because I had a talent for them. It didn’t take long for me to figure out that I could earn better money and enjoy more freedom if I went self-employed.
I agonised over whether I should be my own boss for two years. Would it work? Could I source enough clients? How much would the equipment cost me?
Eventually, I committed and started my own decorating business. It turned out to be one of the best moves I ever made, and I flew through the first year. I was super busy, increased my earnings, didn’t have to answer to anyone, and had more control over my life.
My only regret was not making that decision earlier. After I did, everything became obvious, especially the fact that I shouldn’t have delayed. I should have committed from the start. My fears amounted to little, my doubts unfounded.
Major decisions are difficult, and we do over-analyse them. Seeing a doctor if we suspect mental illness is tough because admitting it is hard in itself.
Sometimes it was easier living in ignorance. Did I really want to know if I had a mental illness?
Please, if you think you have depression, make the decision and call a doctor.
Depression is dangerous, and common. Many of us suffer with it without realising, and it can be debilitating.
Practitioners recognise the symptoms and will investigate further. If they suspect mental health issues, they’ll offer advice, and have methods at their disposal to help.
Picking up the phone is a brave move. The appointment could be emotional, and you may cry. It can be tough opening up.
It will be worth it.
Step 3 – The Repercussions of Procrastination
AKA – Act Now
You can read about my hike across Scotland, while coming to terms with the fact I had depression, in my latest book – High and Low. Just click on the image for details.