This photo has 293 "likes" on it, but not one single share? That really saddens me. Most of us that have Fibro, also suffer with depression. It's a very common comorbidity of Fibromyalgia. I mean, who could remain happy and optimistic and NOT get depressed when their lives as they've always known them is ripped away and replaced by extreme fatigue, forgetfulness, all-over body pain, and a general feeling of malaise?
Are we willing to talk about our Fibromyalgia, but not about our depression that accompanies it? Why is that? Mental illness has always carried a stigma, much like Fibromyalgia has. Thanks to all of those that have been researching, educating, and advocating a lot of stigma surrounding Fibromyalgia has been alleviated. Oh we still have a battle ahead of us on that front, but it has come a long way from the time that even most doctors thought it was a garbage can diagnosis. If people aren't willing to spread the word and educate about mental illnesses too, including depression, then the stigma surrounding these issues will never go away.
Are people afraid that if they share something like this, or talk about a mental health issue that they're going to be regarded as crazy? Well allow me to share something with you all. Everyone is just a little bit "crazy" in their own way. Anyone is capable of a psychotic break under the right circumstances. Mental illness of some sort, is a very real possibility in the lives of every human being. Why is society so quick to judge each other?
I'm here to publicly say that I suffer from depression. Sometimes severe depression even. I've had days where no matter how hard I try, tears just slowly roll down my cheeks off and on the entire day and night and I feel like just giving up. I'm lucky though, because I always seem to be able to muster a little bit of HOPE from deep down within to keep me going. Some people with depression issues aren't that lucky and have a very sad ending.
According to PsychCentral.com 50% of those that have chronic pain, also suffer from depression. (CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT THIS) The NIH estimates that Fibromyalgia affects 5 million Americans aged 18 or older. Look at all of the other chronic pain conditions out there besides Fibro. That's a heck of a lot of people, that also suffer from depression. So why the stigma concerning it?
I'm going to leave you all by saying this: No one should judge another without walking in their shoes. The less something is talked about, the more it will be judged. We all have our own problems, but in reality we're all the same. We're all just trying to make it through life the best we can, and remain as happy and satisfied with our lives as possible. Please don't be embarrassed if you suffer from depression or any other mental illness. Talk about it like you would any other health condition you have. Help end the stigma. Be a #StigmaFighter!