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I have had clinical depression for the past 10 years. Most recently it's been under control with some waves due to environmental changes. I'm in a bout right now because of everything going on politically.

When Trump first got elected I was so deeply sad, as I know many others were. I more-or-less adjusted back to life with the news after a week and a half or so, with help from the distraction of holidays.

Now that he's in office, it's not just one thing to 'adjust' to. Everything in my country that I stand for is under attack and I'm processing it personally. And there is more upsetting news every day.
"Now that he's in office, it's not just one thing to 'adjust' to. Everything in my country that I stand for is under attack and I'm processing it personally."
Sometimes I feel guilty for my depression because I have so much to be grateful for in life, and I have many privileges. But instead of being able to enjoy or use those things, I am just getting by every day through my depression.

I know it will get better, and I will adjust to this chaos, but right now I feel powerless, hopeless and stuck. I am hopeful, however, in the sense that I will get a better grip on my life soon because I've gone through so many waves of depression before and when I work through things, I'm stronger for it.

The key for me is to have self-compassion when I make decisions that I know are not great for my mental health. Instead of beating myself up about something, I'm trying to focus on: the positive steps I've made, things I am grateful for, staying calm, continuing to move.