I often write about my experiences with depression on this blog. Whether you are talking about depression or diabetes, anxiety or arthritis, you can surely find someone who has ALL of the answers about your condition. Bonus points if it comes with a “natural cure”. Negative points if you have succumbed to BIG PHARMA and Western Medicine.
I think the last time I wrote about depression I was angry. Angry because I can find plenty of people out there who could tell me where I am going wrong. It could be that I don’t pray enough, or maybe I need to eat more broccoli. Or maybe I just need a “natural” supplement with the same price tag as my “unnatural” antidepressant. Because don’t you know every cell in my body claps with glee when that natural supplement enters my bloodstream. Oh wait that doesn’t happen because I am not taking a natural supplement for my depression.
I was angry because there are others that think they had all the answers when it comes to mental health struggles. For a dollar you can buy their ebook. Or maybe they will get a kickback for whatever natural product they are promoting.
People with mental health struggles need compassion. Everyone needs just a little kindness in their lives. You just never know who is struggling or why they are struggling.
I would hope that with the recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain people would say to themselves “We don’t know all the answers” and “We need to find out more”.
I didn’t know either of these individuals. I don’t know what kind of pain drove them to suicide. I do hope the individuals who try to simplify mental health struggles into a sort of checklist of easy changes you make in your life will now think twice.
This turned into a bit of a rant. I did want to clarify that I am not against herbal or natural remedies, I am against those who would say “natural” remedies are the only answer.