Friday, October 7, 2011

October is Depression Awareness Month

Well, hello! It's been far too long, folks! Unfortunately by now no one is really surprised by my frequent unannounced hiatuses, but I still don't like to take them. Hopefully I get back into the swing of things sooner rather than later.

Something to bring me back into the blogosphere is October, or Depression Awareness Month. Years ago, I would have never admitted it, but now I am perfectly comfortable saying that I struggle with depression. One of the reasons I can speak of it is because of the huge amount of support you can find around here; I love that the beauty blogging community is full of people willing to bring up issues, and even if it's something as seemingly trivial as nail polish colors, the message is simple: "Hey. You're not alone."

Scrangie inspired me last year to do an awareness post, and she's got another great one up again this year. Nihrida has also posted about depression, and her words were so inspiring that they brought tears to my eyes. I know there are others that have addressed this subject as well, and while I wish it wasn't something any of us has to go through, I am thrilled that light is being shed on this illness, especially one that seems to be very hush-hush. For those who are struggling: you really, really aren't alone. Even in the darkest times, you are not in this alone. It's nothing to be ashamed of, and you deserve to be happy.

It took me a long time to come to terms with my depression and seek help for it. It doesn't mean I'm crazy. It doesn't mean that I can't handle the real world. My doctor has often said, "You wouldn't be ashamed to seek treatment if you were diagnosed with diabetes, would you? How is depression any different?" Easier said than done? Absolutely, and some days are certainly harder than others. But I can't begin to describe how much better my life is when I am able to handle my depression. Admitting it really is the first step.

"Admitting that you're depressed does not mean that you're weak; it means that you've been strong for too long."

For more information on depression, you can visit the National Institute of Mental Health. If you've posted about depression, feel free to leave the link in the comments for us to read.

And now, in the hopes of not sounding too solemn or preachy, let's take a look at some great green polishes. Green is the color of Depression Awareness. Wear it with pride, babes!

...and of course, no green polish post would be complete without a little China Glaze Emerald Sparkle! Man, I love that polish. Not the best picture, but you're better off seeing this baby in person, anyway!

Thank you to those that are brave enough to share their stories, and thank you to those that are there to listen without judging. Together we can beat this.


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