About Charity Barrett, Author of Work and Bipolar or Depression
Greetings! My name is Charity Barrett and I am eager to start posting in the Work and Depression or Bipolar blog. I am passionate about participating in things involving the mental health community because it is too often overlooked, underestimated and misunderstood and I struggle with depression myself.
When Depression Reared Its Ugly Head in My Life
I began displaying symptoms of depression as a young child. I can remember as early as age six feeling very intense emotions. I was easily brought to tears, had difficulty letting go of things, and, overall, just had a hard time experiencing life. Then a traumatic event at age seven certainly complicated my psyche. My parents summed it up as me being extremely sensitive, which was a reasonable assumption in those early years. However, as I got to be older and became a teenager and then an adult, I knew that I experienced the world differently from the average person. Imagine my surprise when I realized that everyone else in my high school was not swallowing bottles of pills and getting their stomachs pumped. I was formally diagnosed with major depressive disorder in my early 20s. My symptoms would get very severe when triggered by something in my environment and I would tailspin into the type of deep depressive episode that rendered me unable to function. Life has been a roller coaster filled with ups and downs that has caused an array of positive and negative feelings. I’ve experienced much joy and success in life but depression has been the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to face. Although there is no cure for depression, I do believe there are things that can be offered to people with depression that can relieve symptoms and help them live the most productive and fulfilling lives possible.
I Have Depression But Depression Doesn’t Have Me
I want the same for everyone as what I want for myself: to be happy. Living with depression oftentimes make this difficult, if not impossible. A diagnosis of depression doesn’t mean that accepting it is believing your life is doomed. Many individuals lead satisfying lives and manage very well. Everyone’s depression is not the same level of severity and it’s very difficult to measure the amount of emotional pain a person is in. I have very severe episodes but they may not be as frequent as someone else’s. The spectrum is very broad but there are common threads: we didn’t ask for this disease and we do not choose to be depressed. I fight to achieve happiness almost daily. I want readers to understand that they do not have to give up and that there are people who they can look to that still struggle with severe depression but have managed to have some happiness and success in life. I am a living testimony and want to share all that I can, even my failings.
Barrett, C. (2014, October 1). About Charity Barrett, Author of Work and Bipolar or Depression, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, May 24 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/workandbipolarordepression/2014/10/about-charity-barrett