As a clinical social worker and more importantly, as someone diagnosed with both depression and PTSD, I’m familiar with not only the stigma of mental illness but the upward battle to manage these illnesses every day.
I know the pain of reliving moments in your my life that you wish nothing more than to forget. I understand the frustration of trying to not only decipher your complex emotions, but to explain them to someone who can’t begin to comprehend where you have been or what you have seen. I have felt the hopelessness that accompanies the sadness. My darkest days are behind me but I live each day fighting a battle against nature to not let these diseases consume my thoughts. Not all days are a success, but there’s always a new day ahead.
Coming to terms with traumatic experiences is a difficult journey requiring an open-mind, patience and time. Healing is a continuous process. When I’m feeling defeated, I find a seed of hope when I see successes of others who are confronting, or who have overcome, similar obstacles.
This is where the idea for this post arose. On days the illnesses are digging into the depths of my mind, these quotes inspire me to find the resolve to push through. My hope is that they help someone else as well.