Living With Depression & Anxiety

April 16, 2024 Aphsie 6 comments

Recently, I found myself in a situation where I had to explain the intricacies of depression and anxiety to someone who held the common misconception that they were merely temporary bouts of sadness. It was a pivotal moment when I realised the profound need for awareness and understanding surrounding these mental health conditions. 

During our conversation, I stumbled upon an analogy that seemed to resonate deeply with the person I was speaking to. I likened living with depression and anxiety to being an HIV patient. Just as a positive HIV status requires significant lifestyle adjustments and diligent health choices to prevent the virus from progressing to AIDS, managing depression and anxiety necessitates a similar commitment to improving one’s lifestyle and health choices. 

Previously, I often referred to myself as someone “battling” depression and anxiety. However, as I continue to educate myself about these illnesses, I’ve come to understand the importance of shifting from a mindset of resistance to one of acknowledgment, acceptance, and proactive management. 

Earlier this year, I made the decision to join a depression and anxiety support group, and it has proven to be a beacon of light in my journey. Through this group, I’ve not only found solace but also gained valuable insights into managing my triggers and striving for a more balanced life. 

I’ve even dedicated a tweet specifically expressing my gratitude for the support group and incorporated it into my daily gratitude practice – read it HERE. By acknowledging depression and anxiety as integral parts of my life, I’ve empowered myself to seek effective strategies for navigating these challenges.

To ensure a common understanding of these conditions, I refer to reputable sources such as the World Health Organization and the American Psychiatric Association. These organisations define depression as a severely disabling condition that profoundly affects all aspects of a sufferer’s life, while anxiety is described as a disorder characterised by persistent and excessive worry that interferes with daily activities.


If you suspect that you or someone close to you may be struggling with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health condition – I urge you to seek medical assistance from a trusted healthcare professional.

Now that I’ve acknowledged and accepted my journey with these conditions, my aim is to cultivate a life filled with peace, love, joy, and success. While maintaining this balance may pose a considerable challenge, I approach it with empathy and compassion for myself and those around me. 

Yours – but mine first,

P.S.  Thanks for having a read & you’re MORE than welcome to share your thoughts on our comment section below…

6 Comments on “Living With Depression & Anxiety

  1. I hear you and understand you fully. . .as someone living with adhd/autism I know exactly what you mean by acceptance. It allows you to make adjustments and find positive ways of navigating life as a neurodivergent person. . . That is more empowering than making it a battle. In fact it’s freeing. . . .

    1. Absolutely – understanding and acceptance are key. It’s about embracing who we are and finding the power in our uniqueness. Keep navigating with strength and positivity 🤍

  2. I have never considered joining a depression and anxiety support group, but that is such a good idea! Definitely going to have a look into that, thank you.

    1. That’s wonderful to hear – taking that step can make a big difference. Wishing you all the best on your journey. You’re not alone. 🤍

  3. I live with depression and anxiety too and sometimes find it hard to manage, but I have a few things I can turn to to help me through. I think having a group to join sounds like an incredibly affirming and encouraging thing to be a part of, I will have to look into that. Thank you for sharing your experiences here.

    1. I hear you, navigating depression and anxiety can be challenging. Finding supportive communities can make a world of difference. You’re not alone on this journey, and I’m glad you found inspiration here 🤍

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