Medicine for Thought

My husband came down with the flu right before Christmas. He woke up around 3 A.M. on Christmas Eve in a constant shiver. I knew waking up Christmas morning, it was time to get medicine. He had developed a fever over night, and his temperature continued to rise.

Although the flu may not be a major deal to some, I was terrified knowing the recent reports; the different strains that had been floating around. We immediately acted on it and got into a local doctors office.

As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety, I often wonder why we don’t treat our mental health the same.

There are days that sometimes I have to fight to be happy or not irritated for no apparent reason. Sometimes, I have thoughts that would never cross another person’s mind. There are days I wake up and I have to fight to leave my home because I’m in a constant state of worry.

As a society, if we recognize these things in ourselves and others- we should act on it immediately. Don’t waste another second. We should recognize the signs symptoms and seek out help, just as we would for any other illness.

There is a great article on Nami.org that is from the perspective of someone who suffered with mental health disorders throughout her entire life, but no one saw the signs.

https://nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/February-2019/Growing-up-Without-Mental-Health-Support

Hoping this helps someone in some way.

Amber Lynn Carroll

(A.K.A Jake’s sister)

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