Guest Post by Linda Scott
Fact- Approximately 18.8 million American adults, or about 9.5 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older experience depression in a given year.
Fact- Depression affects all people regardless of age, geographic location, demographic or social position.
Fact- A recent study sponsored by the World Health Organization and the World Bank found major depression to be the leading cause of disability in the United States.
With facts like these, why do so many people still feel embarrassed to talk about their experience with depression? Why is depression something so many people feel they must hide from others? There should be no shame in having depression. From the statistics it’s obvious that it happens to most people at one point or another in their lifetime.
I know several people who have dealt with depression all of their life. With out someone to talk with, the isolation and fear of what they are experiencing can lead to some horrible outcomes. I have personally experienced a loved one who committed suicide after dealing with depression most of their life. The scariest part was that few people knew that they were depressed. I was not one of the people who knew. I wish I had known and I wish I could have helped somehow.
As a blogger, I have had the opportunity to meet some incredible people. I just finished a podcast interview with Linda Scott. Her blog is, Don’t Get Me Started with Linda Scott. She writes about being inspires, living your passion and finding your joy.
During my conversation with Linda, after we had finished the interview, we talked about how personal are articles might get when we wrote a post. Linda shared her uncertainty in posting a very personal article she had written about dealing with depression. She is a fantastic writer and I knew that the subject would be relatable for so many, that I encouraged her to post it.
I am happy to say that Linda posted the article and has received an incredible response. What I love about the article is how she details her feelings in a way that helps you to really understand what depression feels like.
I hope you click on the link below and read her phenomenal article. No matter if you have had depression yourself, or know of someone who has struggled with it, I feel this article is valuable for everyone to read.
Please click this link: Don’t Get Me Started with Linda Scott
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