Snuggling on the sofa with my eight-year daughter one evening, a commercial for the nightly news hinted of a sensational story about the 2016 political candidates. My daughter looked at me, with sadness in her eyes, "Mommy, I don't want Trump to be president." "Why is that, baby?" I ask. "Because half of my friends would disappear from school!"
If you're in the same boat as me, please know that you don't have to suffer alone. Your mental health concerns are nothing to be ashamed of. Go to your GP. Tell them how you are feeling. If you walk away feeling embarrassed or ashamed or unsupported, it's time to find a new GP, because I promise, you don't need to feel alone in your suffering anymore.
Ok. I used to work at Boeing and repaired the computerized part of the machines which put together 747's. People not familiar with airplanes are scared because they are forced to be quiet and go along with acting normal while stuck in a tube hurtling through the air at 600 miles an hour, and 30,000 feet above the earth. What could go wrong?
We all know a Germ Phobic Mom. She gasps in horror if another child grabs her little darling's plastic sippy cup. If your child so much as breathes on her child, she will rush him to the bathroom to wash his face and hands. "You just never know where those kids have been playing! For all we know, he could have been playing in dog poo!"
If you are suffering from depression, or know someone who is, my goal of writing these articles on depression is to spread a message of hope. Psychiatry is a field of medicine that specifically focuses on diseases of the mind including depression. Even a single consultation can help to clarify the diagnosis, treatment options and can begin the healing process.