Day 42: World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day, which is celebrated every year on October 10th. This year’s theme is mental health in the workplace. I texted Robert and said “Very fitting”, to which we replied with “LOL”.

I’ve read articles about depression and anxiety. I’ve read forums, comments from other people with mental health issues, hoping that from reading, I can apply it to my personal life. Most comments/stories are uplifting, how they’ve endured depression and go on with their lives. Of course there are some that are still struggling and still searching for that right dose of anti-depressant. I pick the ones that I can use and pray for the others who are struggling.

The last 2 weeks were fine and dandy, even at work. I did my work, didn’t get bothered with the people around me and went home. My weekends are filled with family visits. It has been awhile since I’ve had this peace in my life. Robert asked me last night how I am doing and I told him just that. He asked me if I think that it’s because of the medicine or maybe that I am no longer bothered by work. I stopped and thought for a second. It is definitely the medicine working but it could also be that I am trying to be busy at work. It could be a combination of both.

He said that he is happy that I found the good mix of medicine that worked for me. This is true. I’ve read forums where people have tried 2-3 different medications before they found the one that works. I didn’t experience any side effects as well, so I am really glad.

I can’t wait to off of my meds but for now, I am glad that it works for me. No more episodes in the morning, I don’t feel tired all the time and most importantly, I am no longer skipping work. According to WHO, “Our experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall wellbeing.” I totally agree. I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety which was caused by what I’ve been experiencing at work for a few months now.

I am happy with my progress right now and I am glad that mental health is being talked about. I just wish that we all be a little kind to one another. We need love, lots of it.