Julie was diagnosed with anxiety and depression during the summer of 2016 and have since been fighting mental health stigmas by bringing awareness on the subject and sharing tips to help people become happier with Hello Peaceful Mind.
Here is the thing, my life is good. I have a good full-time job. I have a fantastic husband and a fluffy cat named Toby De Vitto. My photography business is starting to take off. I’m always involved in different projects like writing a novel. I own a house and a car. I also have several groups of friends and hang out with them regularly.
So who was I to be depressed?
People have worse lives than mine. But here is the thing with depression, it can happen to anybody.
It was hard to admit that something was wrong with me. Accepting that I was depressed was like saying that I was a failure.
My husband who is a therapist told me many times that depression is genetic, but for whatever reason, it was hard for me to accept that this mental illness could be biologic, I believed it was all in mind.
Things changed when many articles popped in my news feeds after the discovery of genetic variations linked to depression. After reading the results of the research, I finally understood that some people are more prone to depression than other and I was probably one of them. So I made an appointment with the doctor to find out.
The first thing the doctor said was that I needed to work out at least three hours a week. Not because I gained weight in the past few months, this was another motivation, but to produce the chemicals needed in the brain to reduce depression and anxiety.
Then she added that I needed to take antidepressants. I tried to negotiate no medication but she had a point, there was no way I was going to start working out in the state I was. Let’s face it, I have been “trying” to work out for a couple of years, and with all the projects I have (including Netflix), it quickly went at the bottom of my list.
The medication is supposed to help get the motivation to take action and take care of my mind and life.
My goal is to get better through life changes and therapy so that I no longer need antidepressants.
However, I will take antidepressants as long as it takes. Since I started taking them, I have been happier, less stressed and could focus to make the changes I needed into my life.
Hello Peaceful Mind allows me to share tips and information about what is helping me to have a healthy mind and a happier life!