Praise or Prozac?

This past month has been an emotional roller coaster ride. In the past instead of completely dealing with some major life events that may have sent me to the psychiatric unit (on more then one occasion). I would busy myself welcoming anything that distracted me from whatever it was that I didn’t really want to deal with. I know that some of y’all are wondering what kept me so busy that I couldn’t give mental brain power to the problems or issues that should have demanded my attention. I had titles y’all, and I was way to busy to focus on the real crazy that was happening in my life.

I was high: I feel like I’m coming off of a 17yr high, and the crash might be more then I can physically/mentally bare! If your addiction is you’re just to busy to deal, is there a rehab for that? Just a question… I’ve heard people talk about being so depressed that they couldn’t get out of bed. I couldn’t wrap my brain around how anyone could feel so sad that they physically couldn’t get out of bed. Until recently that is, today I completely get it. Let me tell y’all about some of the days I’ve had since I’ve been a CEO of this house (clearly I still like titles).

Life as the CEO: I’m typically not a big sleeper. However the past month and a half, I find myself not only sleeping in more, but I’ve had the nerve on more then one occasion to get upset because I had to drag myself out of bed to pick my niece up from school (of course I picked her up in my pajamas) I know that you are trying to sympathize and comfort me saying “well, 8:00 am is pretty early to have to have to get up”. No, that’s not my story, my niece gets out of  kindergarten at 11:30 am. I know, so tacky right? It has gotten to the point that on someday’s I frantically get dressed right before my kids got home from school, teens can be kinda brutal. All of this is an indicator to me that something ain’t right!

Seeking help: A few weeks ago I started feeling that something wasn’t quite right. I hinted to those closest to me that I can’t seem to snap into my happy. I told them because I didn’t want them to be shocked when I left for a loaf of bread and never came back home (is that wrong, of course it is… right?) Asking myself if something is wrong is no longer a question, because I know it is. I had been trying to convince myself that what I was feeling was normal and every SAHM (stay at home mom) feels this way. Even though I know they don’t. At least not as often as I do, according to the ones I’ve spoken to.

This morning I sat down to finish a blog post that I started a few weeks ago. I found myself sitting here staring at the computer screen for I don’t even know how long. Then I thought, “let me just check my Facebook real quick”, 40 minutes later. I’m staring at the computer screen again, talking myself out of having a complete melt down. For what I don’t know, that’s what I’m trying to tell you! Nothing, nothing happened in between the time I got out of bed, made a bowl of oatmeal, and sat down to complete a post that I’ve been working on it for two weeks (which should have actually only taken me a few hours to complete) and checked my Facebook. I have no idea why I’m staring at the computer screen fighting tears and the urge to snatch all of my hair out.

Conversations must be had: I found myself having a conversation with myself…. Look don’t judge me, like you’ve never had one of these:
Me: What’s wrong with me?
Self: I don’t know…
Me: Why do I feel this way? I can’t feel this way!
Self: I don’t know, I’ve been trying to figure it out too.
Me: Do you think I’m depressed?
Self: Probably
Me: Maybe I should see somebody about it
Self: Now, that’s just crazy! You just need to pray and read your scriptures more
Me: More then I already do? No, I’m just going to make an appt to talk to someone
Self: If you spoke to Jesus more maybe you wouldn’t feel this way! I’m just saying.

What? That’s it, that was the conversation…

Is depression a Sin?As I was trying to figure out why my conversation (with myself) took the tone that it did I realized that I had heard so many other people say things like “Sista Jones is depressed, umm she should have stronger faith.” or “If she would just follow the Word of Wisdom better and exercise more she would feel better, happier!” I’ve even heard someone say that depression was an act of selfishness. I didn’t contribute to the conversation because I didn’t feel that I personally had anything to contribute. When some of the comments were being made the spirit would testified to my heart as immediately as a person would make the statement that it was false! So I didn’t waste my time trying to convince the person making the statement that depression was not a sin, it was an illness just like any other illness.


Praise or Prozac: Yes, I need Jesus but Jesus isn’t the only thing I need. As I came to the realization that I may need some outside help, I started having feelings of guilt. I asked myself, self, “why do you feel guilt?” The only thing I could think is I have guilt because of what I’ve heard people say about depression in the past. I remember hearing that a missionary was sent home because he was struggling with depression, I couldn’t understand why someone would be sent home for being sad. Over the years I’d come up with my own justification for why a missionary would be sent home because he was depressed. In my opinion… It doesn’t profit God to have Faithful Foolish Followers, now before you guys start snapping let me explain. With all the technology that God has provided for our comfort including modern medicine,what type of sense does it make for me to not get help even if it comes in the form of a medication that might make me feel like a complete person? There are many things that I don’t know, but what I do know is that I can’t serve God the way that I need to in these funky pajamas. I know that I can’t go bare testimony and convince anyone that God’s goodness changes lives and brings joy and happiness with my hair looking like who did it, what for, and please don’t do it again! If I’m going to fully praise His name I feel that I should look the part, and looking the part may require some help from someone qualified to help me. For some people Jesus is enough, but sometimes some of us may need to see a doctor, others might need medication, and others may need both. It’s not a crime and it’s certainly not a sin to seek outside help to feel and become your best self. The real sin is not using the gifts that Heavenly Father has made available to us because He knows that when His followers feel whole and complete. We can better glorify His name. Having just decided that I was going to share my real with my Brothas & Sistas, I can honestly say that I don’t know what a Dr. is going to tell me about how and why I feel the way I do. If she/he tells me that I need some Prozac to help me get back into praise mode, I will be ok with that because the reality is at this time in my life I might need both: A lot of praise with a little Prozac to restore balance to my life.

Have you ever felt depressed? Does being depressed make you a bad Christian? Have you ever been told that if you would spend more time in praise, there would be no time for Prozac?

***Prozac, is really the only depression medication that I know of. I’m sure there are others, people just don’t talk about them as often***

Still Blessed,

Sista Beehive

56 comments

  1. You might look into a book called Reaching for Hope. It’s a book on depression written from an LDS perspective. It was very helpful for me.

  2. Thank you so much for writing this. I recently went to the doctor to deal with social anxiety I have been suffering through for years. I was given medicine and I feel like I have my life back. I am finally able to do the work Heavenly Father has meant for me to do. I have faith; I have a testimony, and, now, I can put those into action.

  3. I’m so glad you addressed this topic! I think mental illness is beginning to be better understood in our church, but the messages we send of “You don’t need professional help, just more faith” are so, so damaging. If you broke your leg, would you try to pray it away? Nonsense! You’d see a dr. for a cast without the slightest ounce of guilt. And you should feel the same amount of confidence and be equally shame-free in seeking help for in healing your emotions and brain chemistry. God gave us the Atonement and our Savior to have someone to rely on while going through hard things, but he also inspires doctors, researchers, pharmaceutical developers, etc., to come up with ways to help us. I have no doubt that our Heavenly Father feels anything but pride for people who are brave enough and humble enough to admit they need help and then avail themselves of the modern medicine he has blessed us with. I wish you the best on your journey…whether you find healing through the help of medicine, a therapist, or other treatment, you deserve to feel happy again. (Note from my personal experience, sometimes it takes going to several before you find a counselor or therapist you like. You don’t have to agree with everything they say, either. Like any other relationship, there’s going to be some therapists you mesh with and others you don’t. Trust yourself and be patient with the process.)

    Just for fun, this is one of the best things I’ve ever read about depression ever. It sounds like maybe you can relate to her a little bit?: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2011/10/adventures-in-depression.html

  4. It’s no sin to use an anti depressant if you need it Sista B. And you have plenty of reasons to feel depressed right now. I like the one that starts with W myself. My perimenopause was coming on hard and fast and I felt slammed up against a big empty that was trying to pull me into it. I was falling fast. I fought it for months, trying to build my spirituality, before I finally gave in and took it to the doctor and got some help. W helped. It got me through the six years of perimenopause. I’m finally to where I don’t need it, having finally crossed to the big m. It’s okay to need help. That’s what it’s there for. I’m here too. And don’t forget that one of the Savior’s titles is Counselor. He’s the best one there is, and He’s free. -Kelley

  5. President Hinckley once said that he believed depression would be one of the plagues of the new century (2000s). It certainly is! This is a tough world to live in and Satan will do ANYTHING in his power to bring down those who are trying to do what’s right. His greatest tools? Discouragement and despair. We are blessed to have medical tools that can help when we are feeling down. Why not use them? Weren’t their creators inspired of God? I think so. Just as you would treat a medical condition with any tools available, why wouldn’t you treat a mental/emotional condition the same way? Would you tell someone who had a serious medical problem to simply pray more and have more faith?

  6. I love this post! I think more and more women these days feel like you just described. The culprit, I think it’s facebook and pinterest all all the other social networking sites that just make us feel inferior on a daily basis! :)

  7. Sister in Health

    My heart goes out to you. I have also suffered these same feelings. And I have struggled with the thought of medication. But I have a son who tried to pray himself out of it and it did not work. He has tremendous faith, so I know that it wasn’t his lack thereof. If it is a chemical problem, and a lot of times it is, you need chemical help. God did inspire people to make these things that can help us, if you had cancer you would take what would help you, as so many of us do. Do not be afraid to seek help. And, keep praying, His spirit will be there to help you through it. Good Luck in your decision.

  8. I struggled with depression for all of the years I was a stay at home mom. I still feel guilty about it–but I haven’t had an episode of depression since I started working full time outside the home. Life changes often bring depression, as well. I think it’s the unspoken problem as our culture has changed to where moms don’t get together every day and have strong social ties like our moms and grandmoms did, yet we are expected and needed at home with our children. I am grateful for a husband who is able to work from home (two high schoolers and two missionaries), and that I get home just after the kids do.

  9. No offense meant to Nicole but I had depression before Facebook and Pinterest existed. Sometimes there is underlying stress and a reason you can identify, sometimes you wake up one morning (or afternoon) and its there – no warning or reason. Reading scriptures will help but it won’t beat clinical depression. Get medical/psychiatric help and when you feel better you can tell the people that think you should “just get over it” or that you must have done something wrong that righteousness and self-righteousness are two different things:). And have a good talk with your Doctor, Prozac has its problems.

  10. Dear Sista Beehive,

    Thank you for being brave and putting yourself out there, both to get support and to provide validation to others. I deeply feel you, my sister. I have struggled with depression as I first tried to run from/keep myself too busy to deal with, then began to face, some serious childhood trauma. Long story short, I sought help from a therapist and it has been so incredibly helpful. For about a year I took anti-depressant medication as I worked through some of the hardest details of the trauma. I understand that there are many people with chemical imbalances who need to be on meds all the time, but that was not the case for me.

    I have a testimony of the gospel, I pray and read my scriptures daily, I find refuge in the temple, and I serve faithfully in callings. This has made it possible for me to believe that I was even worth getting help. It was my bishop who helped me find my first therapist. I believe that there are some issues that require professional assistance for us to fully internalize and use the Atonement. For me, getting help through therapy and medication has enabled me to find increased healing through the Atonement. (And like Brem said below, it’s okay to keep looking for a health care provider until you find one you click with.)

    Like so many others have said, it’s okay to get help. My only thought is that in some cases, when it’s not entirely a chemical imbalance, medication only (without having someone to help us develop healthy coping skills) can become another form of running away. But you, your doctor, and the compassionate Physician who knows all the details of your heart, will know what is right for you to get the help you need. Sending love and prayers.

  11. Sin can cause depression. But, all depression is not caused by sin. Some depression can be cured with repentance and prayer. Other depression is cured with exercise and nutrition. Some is helped by talking with a friend or professional counselor. Some is made better with medication. And, some takes all of the above!

  12. Tomorrow I taking my 10 year old son to a psychiatrist so I can get a diagnosis or a clean bill because I suspect may be ADD. I have thought it might be the case for a while now, but always dismissed any idea that he would be one of “those” children. But finally after doing some research when my buddy sat down to do some catch up homework after a weeks vacation, and after an hour had done one problem. Or being at the free-throw line for a game winning bucket and see him snap out of it as the players start going crazy playing the game. I realized something was wrong and isn’t it selfish of me not to get him some help if help would make him being a better person. It is a hard realization because there is a stigma.
    Please dont feel bad about yourself. Get the help you need so you can get back to feeling good about yourself. You are an inspiration. God bless you. I am proud of you and give you kudos for writing such a post. Very brave.

  13. Awww, so sorry you are feeling this way!

  14. For me it was the opposite. I’ve been depressed since I went back to work.

  15. Oops! I suppose I should have put a small language warning with that post. I read this awhile ago and LOVED it. Looking over it again today I had forgotten there is the occasional use of a word the Strength of the Youth pamphlet would probably not look very favorably on. =)

  16. I’m so sorry to hear you are feeling this way. I’ve battled chronic depression most of my adult life. It’s really hard, but fortunately there are lots of resources out there to help! I was in therapy for a year before I finally decided to try antidepressants. My therapist said that they would probably help take the edge off–give me enough of myself back so that I could start doing the work I needed to do to heal. And, she was right. My progress was a lot more solid with the help the medication gave me. I was hesitant, for a lot of the reasons you describe above, but actually after talking with my bishop and the RS president, I decided to give it a go. I think they were totally inspired–both of them flatly rejected the notion that the depression was even remotely related to any spiritual deficits on my part, but strongly emphasized that there were great treatments out there, and that those treatments could help me get better. They were right! In retrospect, I wish I hadn’t waited so long to try the medication, but I guess hindsight is always 20/20.

    I want to congratulate you for realizing that there’s something going on that you can’t battle alone, for reaching out to family and friends, and for thinking about your options! I hope that with some help, you’ll be feeling like your old self in no time! Be praying for ya!

  17. i LOVE this post! we need to talk more about the need for women to take breathers. we’re all talking about “leaning in” right now but i agree with arianna huffington (and fat joe) that its important to “lean back” at the same time. we put all this pressure on ourselves to be everything to everyone and then have so very little left for ourselves. good for you sista beehive! way to take a good look at it and be completely honest with yourself and those around you. makes me proud to be a black, lds, woman. in that order.

  18. I have depression and recently was told that to be happy all I have to do is decide to be happy. Sometimes it is just not like that. That doesn’t work for me and it really upsets me when people tell me that I’m obviously doing something wrong. Thanks for writing this! it’s super inspiring.

  19. still struggling

    Being depressed does not make you a bad Christian, it makes you a Christian with an illness. As others have said, if someone had a broken bone, or cancer, or diabetes you would not say to them they just need to read their scriptures or pray more. In my years of struggling with major depressive disorder I have been told those things by people in my ward, including a Bishop, along with try to snap out of it, just decide to be happy, or the worst– you just need to forget your troubles and do even more acts of service for others. If you are suffering with true depression just getting out if bed and dressed is like climbing a mountain some days, doing something for someone else is beyond your capabilities. Statements like that, in my case anyway, just made me feel more depressed, loaded with guilt that I couldn’t be of service to others, and just felt worthless. I have forgiven people who said those things to me because they just didn’t get it. I NEEDED to be under the care of a psychiatrist and therapist trained in helping people suffering with depression. Medical professionals and medication saved my life. I discovered serving others begins with serving yourself. If you aren’t mentally stable you can’t be of service to others. And sometimes it is a hard pill to swallow but maybe those of us that have struggles doso so someone can be of service to us. We all would rather be providing service than being on the receiving end but someone has to be in need for others to serve. And you are so right, Heavenly Father provided medical care for us to use. I hope you feel better soon and thank you for writing this post.

  20. I am reading a book right now titled, “Weakness is Not Sin” by Wendy Ulrich. I picked it up because I was feeling the same way you are about not quite feeling strong enough. I highly recommend it and I commend you for noticing your difficulties and sharing. *Big Hugs Sista*

  21. I want you to know your writing has brightened many of my days and has given me fresh perspective. I’m so sorry you’re going through this. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Depression is often a chemical function of our bodies. Why we would think it’s normal and right that our mood and sense of reality can be affected if we take something like Heroin (or in the grip of hormones like with PMS) but we think that we should be able to fast and pray ourselves out of depression. Prayerfully find some good medical care. Prayer and faith can help us – and may lead us to helpful and proper medications and treatment. Bless you. Your honesty and grace are a light.

  22. Have a complete physical- thyroid disfunction is surprisingly common and can cause changes rather suddenly. If everything checks out OK, then try anti depressants. Thanks for sharing your story, you’re not alone and its good for all of us to know we’re not alone.
    I love your sassy faith-promoting blog!

  23. http://realintent.org/archives/ Go to February. They ran a 10 day series called Peculiar Minds-all about Mental Illnesses like depression from an LDS perspective.

  24. What a beautifully honest post, Sista Beehive. These feelings are MUCH more common than people admit because of the cultural stigma that surrounds any mental illness and especially taking medication for treatment.

    I used to believe that if you’re depressed, you’re not doing something right. If you’re anxious, you need more preparation. If you feel down, you need to recognize the blessings around you, express gratitude, and think optimistically. Then I hit the rock bottom of postpartum depression and anxiety.

    Now, I like to say I put the PRO in PROZAC! Prozac has been a miracle for me and I praise God for allowing such a drug to exist. Prozac has given me a second chance at life.

    To anyone who has felt this way or wants to better understand someone who does, I recommend Pros of Prozac: A faith-based Memoir of Overcoming the Stigma. I discuss my experience with depression and anxiety through a Mormon/Christian paradigm.

    http://www.ProsofProzac.com

  25. Thank you so much. A few years before I joined the Church, I had a breakdown so bad that it necessitated frequent hospital stays, 12 different medications a day for stabilization, and, in the end, electroshock therapy. I was 24 years old, and my parents were trying to figure out what state institution would be best for me in the event of their passing.

    Now, seven years later, I am medication-free and happily married. I know my triggers, and I know when to get help. I still struggle sometimes, I still have mini breakdowns, when the world feels like just too much to handle… but then I take a step back, realize how far I’ve come, and give myself a little more love, whether it’s in the form of time with the horses at my riding stable, a nice cup of blueberry tea, or some time to just lose myself in prayer. Please note, I didn’t say praise. Don’t forget, Sista B., the Lord wants to know your heartaches, too, and He loves you for them. So do I. Thank you for sharing your struggle.

  26. Pros of Prozac: A Faith-based Memoir of Overcoming the Stigma by Beca Mark (www.ProsofProzac.com) doesn’t have the language and may be just as helpful. :-)

  27. Definitely, the treatment combination for depression and any mental illness tends to be an unique as the individual is.

  28. I think you would enjoy the book, Pros of Prozac: A Faith-based Memoir of Overcoming the Stigma by Beca Mark (www.ProsofProzac.com).

  29. I think you would enjoy the book, Pros of Prozac: A Faith-based Memoir of Overcoming the Stigma by Beca Mark (www.ProsofProzac.com).

  30. If you like this book, I think you would also enjoy the book, Pros of Prozac: A Faith-based Memoir of Overcoming the Stigma (www.ProsofProzac.com). Happy reading, Misty!

  31. That is the same age I had my son diagnosis with ADHD; and I didn’t want to be on those parents who just put their kid on medication but he is getting ready to graduate high school in 6 weeks and I know the decision I made 8 years ago was the best for him and our family. Know that there are people out there who understand.

  32. I wonder if our generation is just more open about our struggles, emotions, and otherwise. I suspect that many throughout time, women especially (Genesis 3:26), have felt just as Sista Beehive describes.

    Luckily, we have many more resources available for treatment (e.g., talk therapies, exercise therapies, knowledge about nutrition, psychotropic medication, electroshock therapy, brain-stimulation therapies, etc.).

  33. Great post!!! I suffer from clinical depression and anxiety, daily take Cymbalta for my depression and have something as needed for my anxiety . Depression is an illness and can be treated in so many ways; I used to be afraid to tell others I suffered from depression but I have learned there is nothing to be ashamed of. As you go through the journey prayer, counselor, medications, prayer you will find things can be better. Give it time and when you fall down it is okay there are many out here cheering for you.

  34. I think you would enjoy the book, Pros of Prozac: A Faith-based Memoir of Overcoming the Stigma (www.ProsofProzac.com).

  35. This is beautiful.

    I think you would enjoy the book, Pros of Prozac: A Faith-based Memoir of Overcoming the Stigma (www.ProsofProzac.com).

  36. Totally agree!

    I think you would enjoy the book, Pros of Prozac: A Faith-based Memoir of Overcoming the Stigma (www.ProsofProzac.com).

  37. I think you would enjoy the book, Pros of Prozac: A Faith-based Memoir of Overcoming the Stigma (www.ProsofProzac.com), too.

  38. Oh, Sister Beehive you should go in and find out what is going on with your depression. I think you are awesome to share your story. I think that a huge percentage of Mormon women could use some counseling at some point of life and or depression medication and often times both. The medications now days are so awesome. If you get on medication then you can function and be happy and then go through the process to see why you are depressed. We live in such a complex world with so many struggles we need each other to get through it all. If we were true Zion like woman; we would be honest and tell how we really feel and then help each other to feel better. Instead we just show up to church with our happy faces and no one knows the pain in our hearts.
    Blessings to you for bravely speaking out. Depression is becoming a epidemic.

  39. Thank you Misty, I will look into Reaching for Hope. I appreciate you passing on the information.

  40. Sista B, thank you for your concern, I know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel… And I am sure I will find it!

  41. Brem…. I don’t even know what to say! Did someone steal my feelings and make a cartoon? That was great! I’m keeping that blog on my radar. From now on when people ask me how I feel, I’m just going to refer them to that particular post. Thanks for sharing!

  42. Thanks for the reminder Kelley, Counselor….. I had forgotten :)

  43. Tina, thanks for your encouraging words!

  44. I wouldn’t necessary blame facebook, not in this case anyway. I didn’t look at anyone’s page except for my own…. I do understand where you are coming from though. I don’t feel inferior to anyone, I just feel sad… If that makes sense. It has been a few weeks, I keep hoping it will pass.

  45. Sista in Health, I hope your son is doing well and learning to deal with his depression. I agree that God inspired people to make the medication. Now I feel inspired to seek help, I know that there is a lesson in here somewhere for me, hopefully I will learn it soon.

  46. I can see how something like that could happen. I will pray for you to find comfort in your decision.

  47. Amazing post! Thank you for being open and writing about this. As an LDS woman who has struggled with depression most of my life I have felt your struggle! I’m not sure why we do this to ourselves and others that suffer from mental health issues. If someone was diagnosed with cancer we wouldn’t recommend they read the scriptures, pray or serve more to “get over it.” Certainly these things help us all but there comes a time when we need to seek medical help and I don’t think our Heavenly Father or Jesus Christ would fault us for that. Everyone needs to get over the stigma of mental health not being a “real” medical issue. Best wishes to you as you work through this difficult time!!

  48. I have fought depression in the past, and then felt like a failure because I was allowing myself to be depressed. A vicious circle indeed. After breaking into tears during an ordinary breakfast conversation with my husband, I knew I needed help. I sought therapy from an LDS psychologist (because some of the stressors in my life – only a Mormon would understand!). He decided my combination of depression and anxiety wouldn’t require medication at that time, but it wasn’t ruled out if I didn’t improve through counseling sessions. He gave me some great tools and three years later, I’m 99% depression free. I’m also very open with ward sisters about my battles and seeking help! I still prayed and did all my other uplifting things, but I also prayed that the professional help I was seeking would help and that my therapist would be inspired in how to help me. Move away from the stigma–depression is real and can be debilitating. A lot of us are rooting for you.

  49. I could talk forever about this topic, but depression is caused by chemical imbalance. If you have cancer, you get chemo. If you have high blood pressure, you don’t refuse the meds that will prolong your life. If you are depressed to the point that you can’t get out of bed when you want, take the medication. God inspired wise doctors to help us, and if we refuse it, we are refusing God’s desire to help heal us. It is not weakness. It is strength to say I want to be in optimal health for my family, myself, and my God.

  50. Back in the fall I had a lot of stress in my life which led to depression-like symptoms. My doctor thought it would be beneficial to put me on prozac & I reluctantly accepted the prescription. But turns out he was right. After being on the meds for a few weeks, life was do-able again! I felt like myself again & that I had a little more control over my happiness!

    Could I have been more faithful to God? Probably. But I was (and believe I still am) doing a lot of good things with my time–it was just a lot of change & stress at once. I never felt that God was disappointed in me though.

    God has provided us with many things that can bless our lives & I believe medicine is one of them! And by taking medication, I’ve been able to relax a little more and recognize God & my blessings more in my life. Anything that is truly good and helps us come closer to Christ is OF Him.

  51. I also think that talking every week to a really good therapist can do much to resolve depression. Not that I’m against anti-depressants, but talk therapy is the best thing for me when I get in a consistently down mood.

    I say good for you for addressing it so openly. There is certainly no shame or sin in being depressed!

    =)

  52. I’m trying to find where President Hinckley said this. Thanks

  53. You rock Sista Beehive! Many people feel embarrassed to talk about their mental health. I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety. I’m also a nurse currently in school to be a nurse practitioner. There are so many options for mental health that may improve our quality of life. I’m grateful for all the discoveries with medications and therapy to help all of us. Thanks for getting the shout out there that it’s okay to have problems even while following Jesus.

  54. You are annoying with your continual self promotion.

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