So as I’m sitting here alone (after spending time with my kids on Thanksgiving) and now they’re back at their mom’s house, of course the topic I come across is depression. Fortunately for me it seems that while I’ve gone through bits of depression myself, I’ve always been able to come out the other end.
For my oldest son however, it’s something I worry about from time to time. So as I sit here this weekend working on his future, it seems appropriate that I stumbled upon this article. Ultimately, it’s one of my goals for him, to make sure he’s taken care of and that depression is something that is kept to a minimum.
The article is entitled “Depression Strikes Nearly 1 in 5 Young Adults With Autism: Study” by E.J. Mundell over at the HealthDay Reporter via MyAutismTeam. As I’m sure I’ve said before, it seems sometimes things happen for a reason like coming across resources for my son when I least expect it.
We all have people that we look up too. Sometimes they’re family or friends and sometimes they’re people on the big screen. One of my son’s hero’s is Dwayne Johnson, courtesy of the Fast and Furious movies.
So when I came across this article entitled “Dwayne Johnson Praised for Opening Up about His Battle with Depression: ‘I was crying constantly’ ” by Erin Donnelly over at Yahoo , I was reminded once again, that we all have our stories. This is definitely one I’ll share with my son.
So while at work today I came across this article that really struck a cord with me as I continue to learn about my daughters struggles with anxiety and panic attacks. The article is entitled “Everyone is Going Through Something” by Kevin Love over at The Players Tribune.
The article itself is really just about life and what the author has gone through, be it anxiety, panic attacks, depression or perhaps something else. One thing that I’ve come to believe over my journey, is that we all have a disability, just sometimes it’s not always so visible.
I remember one time during a visit to the hospital back when we were trying to find out why my son was having seizures (he was later diagnosed with epilepsy), he was in a room with a young man who had lots of tubes as he was lying in his bed.
I think it was there in that hospital room where I learned that everyone is going through something and equally important, sometimes we all need a little help. I’ve also learned, it’s okay to ask for and get help.