Be Strong by Summersdale
Courage can be defined as the ability to continue despite lacking strength. It is the act of persevering even when faced with adversity or difficulty. This sentiment, beautifully expressed by Theodore Roosevelt, emphasizes that true courage lies in pushing forward when one feels weak.
During tough times, it is natural to feel overwhelmed and discouraged. However, it is crucial to remember that strength is not always about physical power. True strength can be found in the determination to keep moving forward, even when faced with challenges.
This little book serves as a reminder of the power of resilience and compassion. Filled with inspiring quotes and compassionate statements, it offers a comforting embrace in the form of ink and paper. Its purpose is to uplift your spirits, reminding you to keep your head held high and to stay strong.
So, if you’re going through a difficult period, know that you are not alone. This book aims to send you love and encouragement in your time of need. Let its words remind you that courage is not about having an unlimited reserve of strength, but rather about finding the strength to continue, even in the face of adversity.
The Silence Breaker: Conquering Depression and Overcoming Stigma
When I was younger, I struggled to understand and articulate my emotions. I’ve observed the same predicament in the patients I’ve treated. In our professional journeys, we fear discussing mental health issues because we worry it will undermine our strength and capabilities. This is particularly challenging for students and individuals climbing the career ladder.
When writing my article, my primary goal was to eradicate the stigma surrounding depression. As a psychiatrist specializing in this area, I have spent my life researching and treating depression. Moreover, I have experienced it personally. My article revolves around my journey of overcoming depression and coming to terms with loss, as these two aspects are intimately intertwined.
The writing process was challenging. There were moments when I felt emotionally drained, but these were the instances in which I knew I had written something genuinely truthful. Initially, I focused on writing about the death of my father, and this stage proved to be the most difficult. However, as I delved deeper, I discovered numerous parallels between my own experiences and those of my patients.
Looking back, I recall instances in my practice when patients would remark, “You seem to understand this on a personal level.” They recognized the similar lines of inquiry I pursued, implying that I had personally endured the struggles they conveyed. Indeed, I had. I have encountered being stigmatized within the healthcare community for being open about my journey. However, I adamantly refused to remain silent. It is crucial to emphasize that experiencing periods of mental distress is a shared human experience and does not render us incapable of carrying out our professional duties. On the contrary, it can enhance our effectiveness.
My hope is that through this article, readers will come to realize that mental health problems, including depression, are nothing to be ashamed of.