Hello Lovely, I’m Kimberlee, your friend and author of Bravely She Blogs. I’m so glad you’re here.
I believe we are all worthy and deserving of a beautiful life and blog in the hope of dissolving the stigma around depression.
Before I was diagnosed with depression I was a fit, healthy personal fitness trainer. When I was told I had depression, it made sense to me to put my strong, positive mindset to work. Like many people, I wrongly assumed depression was a negative mindset that needed to be fixed. But no matter how hard I tried to be positive, my mental health continued to deteriorate.
As the days turned into months, my symptoms worsened to the point I could no longer carry out simple, everyday activities such as dressing, cleaning my teeth, showering, or preparing a simple meal for myself.
It would take a suicidal melt-down to finally admit I needed help.
After a couple of years of treatment, I slowly started to recover my ability to function normally. At this point, I thought I had recovered and stopped taking my medication. The effect was immediate and devastating. Within 48 hours my mood and ability to function dramatically changed. I couldn’t stop crying.
My psychiatrist had warned me of the dangers of self-prescribing (altering or taking myself off my medication). The reality of what I was dealing with finally became clear. I didn’t have a mindset problem, I was unwell. My brain chemistry had been altered by depression and medication directly addressed the chemical imbalance.
Many people affected by depression wait a long time before seeking help.
If there’s one message I could give you right now it would be:
Please don’t delay in asking for support, You matter in this world and early treatment is a life-line
So much energy is lost to grief, frustration and continually having to justify this illness. I want to help you connect with your innate resilience so you can focus on what matters most to you. Maybe like me, you’d love to have the energy to recover your fitness, work on a creative project, or engage with life more fully.
Here on the blog, I share my experiences and insights but this information is not a substitute for medical advice or care. If you are feeling unwell please talk to your doctor. If you are experiencing the torment of depressive and/or suicidal feelings please immediately call 999, or go to your nearest A&E. Or if you are feeling low and just want someone to talk to, I’ve put together a page with a list of numbers of support networks you can call anytime.
Thanks for being here with me, please feel free to say hello through the comments on the blog, or connect with me on any of my social networks.