What would you tell someone who has recently been diagnosed with your disabilities or disabilities that you are familiar with?
Good morning, my friends 🙂
One day closer to the 4th of July, one of the most romantic days of the year. Next month I am looking forward to our first year anniversary, battling bugs while watching the sky light up with color, my daughter’s eighth birthday, just to name a few.
Today’s topic is about advice for someone recently diagnosed with depression and/or anxiety. That person may have dealt with an invisible, unnameable shadow for many years. Or perhaps something he or she went through something that lead to this diagnosis. In the end it doesn’t really matter how it came into their life because the goal now is to keep moving forward.
I don’t know if I would have any sage advice for him/her. Sometimes actions hold more weight than any well-meaning words ever could. Being present and willing to listen can be stronger than any man-made drug or costly therapist.
You never know how they may feel from moment to moment as depression can rear its terrible head at any second. It is very frightening to experience, especially if they are also flooded with heavy waves of emotion and/or pain. Be there in any way you can to hold them as they go through these moments–it can be so easy to disappear if there is no one willing to be there.
It’s so easy for a person diagnosed with depression and anxiety to simply disappear without support. Many family and friends may not be able or willing to have the patience needed to actively listen. It’s hard to support someone through all the fear and pain, most won’t do it. Are you up for the challenge?
Every week I answer another question about my disability from Redefining Disability, a creation of Rose b. Fischer. I do this in order to continue my healing process as well as doing my part to create an open dialogue about disabilities. Thank you for listening. If you want to share your story, please join us!