May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so I thought I'd make a few videos about my own experiences with depression. (They're not edited to perfection, but giving up on perfection was part of my healing process.)
Today I'm sharing the first part of my personal journey.
People see me smiling and think I've never known the depths of despair. What they don't realize is that for years, I hid deep pain behind a less-than-genuine smile. I walked through panic attacks, severe Post-Partum Depression, and anxiety (almost to the point of agoraphobia).
I'm so grateful to my family, friends, a good counselor, and the Lord--who helped scientists to create the medicines that I still take every day--for helping me come back to life. If you, or someone you know, suffers from this terrible disease, please watch the videos I'm posting this week on my blog and share them. They're not perfect, but letting go of perfectionism was a part of my healing.
And I'm not perfect, but I know Someone who is, and His grace and mercy is a huge part of the joy I now have.
Remember: shame keeps us prisoner, but the truth sets us free!