Years ago, when the diagnosis of anxiety and depression was finally discovered for me, I experienced many different emotions. I had already journeyed through the ups and downs of joy and sadness. My daily activities were often interrupted by a serious change in emotions that would arise at any moment.
Doctor visits often left me feeling “less than” and “frustrated” by the comments like “Just get some rest. You’re just tired.” Those particular doctors had no clue. I’m thankful I kept searching until I found doctors who made the correct diagnosis and provided a personalized treatment plan.
When I began feeling better and learned ways to cope with anxiety and depression, I felt in charge of my mind for the first time in a while. I thanked God for great doctors and a loving, caring, and compassionate family. I also thanked Him for friends and family who stood by me and helped.
Over the span of years, I have learned that anxiety and depression may never fully leave me, but I have been given tools to help me maneuver through each trying experience.
Even with a diagnosis and treatment plan, I still have fear from time to time. My biggest fear when it comes to my mental health is that my anxiety and depression will return with a vengeance and I will have to be hospitalized again. I did spend time in the hospital when I was first diagnosed and the doctor felt I needed more help than just an office visit. There is no shame in seeking help.
At the hospital, I learned the coping mechanisms for when anxiety and depression returns. I appreciate the knowledge and wisdom God has given my doctors.
Yet…I know I don’t have to be afraid. I know God is with me at all times. My faith is very important to me.
My biggest fear will fall when I seek Him. I will not be afraid.
If you have fear when it comes to your mental health, please reach out to a professional. Seek help. You are not alone.
Melissa Henderson is a writer of inspirational messages. Her first book for children, “Licky the Lizard”, was released in 2018. She also has a story in the compilations “Heaven Sightings” and “Remembering Christmas”. She contributes articles and devotions to various magazines and websites. Her passions are helping in community and church. Melissa is an Elder, Deacon and Stephen Minister. She and her husband Alan moved from Virginia to South Carolina to be near son, daughter-in-love and first grandchild. The family motto is “It’s Always A Story With The Hendersons”.
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