Traveling down I-95 South on Sunday, I noticed two billboards about depression. One said, "You don't hear anyone saying it's just diabetes, get over it. Depression is real." The second one said, "You never hear it's just cancer, get over it. Depression is real." Both billboards then listed a website for further education.
Had I not been driving, I would have been dancing and bouncing in my seat while saying "Yes!" I might even have high-fived the air. I was excited because depression is often given a negative label. "It's all in 'your' head," or "You" 'choose to be that way.' The most disturbing one for me is, "Christians have no reason to be depressed. If they are then that's just the work of the devil."
Now, I can't be too bitter about these thoughts because I use to think that depression was not real either. I turned my nose up at women who suffered from PPD, claiming that they were lying, how could you be depressed after having a baby? Ignorant me was also disgusted by those who were on medication for depression. "Surely they are just taking placebos. How can a pill make somebody happy? That mess ain't real." Larie, I, was anti-depression...
Now, that same person, (me), is taking Zoloft, an anti-depressant. Ironic huh?
Depression is real! PPD is real! At another time I will go into more detail but for now I just wanted to share a smidgen of my humility lesson.
I will be out of town thru Thursday and will not be posting until Friday. I will miss you all, but I will be thinking and praying for my friends; Maisha, Angela, Deb, Mel, "Mommy" Vonnie, Karen, Nicole, Wib & Rune, LaVender, Samantha, Sandra, Tara, Patty W., Tracy, Beth in NC, Sharon, Patty B., Miss Janice and Daughter of the King.