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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Depression is a chemical imbalance of the brain. It’s not the blues. We all feel a little down in the dumps at times, but to be sure that doesn’t mean we’re depressed. When someone is seriously depressed they can’t, “pull themselves up by their bootstraps.” That’s like telling someone who has lost the ability to walk to “just stand up.” It’s not possible. And for some people depression can lead to suicide. Depression can be deadly.

But there is hope for people who suffer from depression, anxiety and other forms of mental illness. Medication is not an evil word. Unfortunately, some people think that the need for medicine to help you feel better emotionally is some kind of crutch. It’s not. It’s no different than taking medicine you would take for any other illness. So if you think you might be depressed or suffer from another form of mental illness please seek professional help from a good therapist and/or psychiatrist.

There are many mysteries yet to be solved regarding the human body. The health of the spirit is also related to the health of the brain. Please remember that the brain is part of the body and those who suffer with any type of mental illness are due the same respect as anyone else who has cancer, diabetes, thyroid disease, etc.. It’s just different. Taking care of you means taking care of your brain, too.


Whether we are writers, readers, teachers, ministers, doctors, lawyers,  homemakers, nurses, secretaries, you name it. We have to take care of ourselves. Wasn't it George Burns who said something like, "If I'd known I was going to live this long I'd taken better care of myself?"  :)

If mental health is a color, what color would it be and why?

Okay, I wrote this. I get to go first.:) Mental health is orange because it's so vibrant.


  1. Hmmm. Mental health spans the spectrum of colors. It can be disguised as peppy pink and shows itself in the deep darkness of despair as black.

    Been there.
    Done that.
    Praise Him Who will help us go through EVERYTHING.


  2. Hey Patti,
    I think of mental health as the healthy aspect as opposed to mental illness, but it works both ways. It's just the way I think of it;health vs. wellness.
    Hope that makes sense. :)