This girl has been masquerading as my former self at present. Sadly, I haven't been myself for quite a while. I have been avoiding the world, crippled by my low moods and fears. When I look at this photo I feel for my family and friends because I know that I have been totally unavailable to them. The sparkle in my eyes has been missing and numerous physical complaints have been plaguing me for sometime. I had no idea that how I felt was due to depression. Now that I have accepted treatment, I have a degree of insight and have been able to answer my friends honestly when they ask "How have you been?" One friend chastised me for not calling and letting her know I needed her, but it's difficult to reach out to others when you can't even look in the mirror. It's so important not to ignore the symptoms of depression which can be easily overlooked. Read about it here http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/
My new mantra is the only way is up and it helps when you have those who love you around for support especially cats who love you unconditionally.