Today I’m proudly wearing my ‘Wrestling With Depression‘ t-shirt. It’s from a podcast hosted by Chicago comedian and wrestling fan Marty DeRosa, who also hosts my favourite podcast Marty & Sarah Love Wrestling. You should listen to them both.
Most of you know I suffered from deep ‘oh my god, I don’t know if I can survive this’ depression for 15 years until I got to the point where I could contextualise it a bit and deal with the triggers. It’s got to the point where I can say I haven’t been depressed for two years – but I know that’s no guarantee that I won’t suffer again.
There were times when knowing just one other person is feeling the way you are can be a life-saver, the knowledge that you’re not alone. Knowing there is a way out can make the difference between darkness and light.
If you’re suffering right now then know you don’t have to suffer in silence. There is help out there for you, from your fellow sufferers and from those who have managed to put depression behind them, temporarily or not. From doctors and therapists to comedians like Marty who can lift the blackness temporarily with their honesty and openness.
Aroha to you all.