Thanks to my friend, Ash, for sharing this on facebook. Many of us know Will Wheaton as Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: TNG and, of course, as Sheldon Cooper’s arch menesis on Big Bang Theory. But today on his blog he opened up a bit about dealing with depression and anxiety after reading another blog post on the subject at The Bloggess, (http://thebloggess.com/2012/09/today-and-forever/.
I know many people who deal with depression and anxiety, myself included. In fact, I recently got back on an anti-depressant and am feeling much better than I have in months. It’s not this easy for others, and for many it’s still a struggle even with medication. More people are at risk for suicide than we like to acknowledge, and it’s not always easy to see the signs, http://www.ncsponline.org/resources/warningsigns/. But many don’t reach out for help because they are scared. Or ashamed of feeling depressed for what may be no identifiable reason at all. And while it may be true that if you don’t tell someone what’s wrong then they can’t help you, please, if you see any of the signs above in anyone that you know please urge them to get help. Or even if someone comes to you and tells you that they haven’t been feeling like their usual self lately: listen. Tell them what they mean to you and that things can get better:
“I remember the first week after I started meds, Anne and I were out for a walk. I felt her hand in mine, and realized that I didn’t have any lingering tension or unhappiness just buzzing around in my skull. I was just enjoying a walk with my wife, and holding her hand.
And I began to cry, because I was so happy.
“It’s like I was in a loud room for so long, I didn’t know how loud it was,” I said, “and all I have now is the ringing in my ears.”
She squeezed my hand and I said, “I’m going to remember that ringing in my ears, so I never go back into that room again.”
That was about four years ago, and I’m happy to say that I’ve stayed out of the room. I can actually enjoy my friends, my family, and my life. I have bad days from time to time, but I know they’ll pass, and — most important of all — I may have Depression, but Depression doesn’t have me. I know that’s sort of corny, but it’s pretty accurate, too.”—Will Wheaton