Let’s talk about the elephant in the room—the one that only you can see. If you are experiencing any type of mood disorder, you may feel as though you have very few options to pursue. It is important to remember that you are not alone. Many people live with seasonal depression, borderline personality disorder, postpartum depression, anxiety disorders, and more.
You may be surprised at the number of successful women who live with these problems. For years, we have been taught to hide our illness like dirty laundry. This is despite the fact that medical science has proven them to be the result of a chemical imbalance in our brains. Like many of you, I live with an anxiety disorder. It is made worse by the thought that I have to hide it from everyone that I meet. Over the years, I have learned a few tricks to control it.
Surround yourself with positive reinforcement. It sounds cliché, but you will see yourself handling stress much better. Search for websites like Go Woman Go to find other women experiencing similar problems. You may discover that their empowering stories, like that of founder Lashinda Demus, will inspire you to keep going. Chances are, they will also remind you to be optimistic, instead of anticipating the worst possible outcome of every situation.
Try a sun lamp. It benefits those experiencing seasonal and nonseasonal depression, among other disorders. Eliminating harmful ultraviolet radiation, it brings the short wavelengths of sun light indoors. Consult your physician to make sure the treatment is right for you, especially if you are taking any medications. I have recently purchased one, and I am already noticing an improvement. My energy levels have increased, and I am almost as energetic as any other twenty-something. Additionally, I find myself waking up earlier without an alarm. You can find one on Amazon.
Most importantly, please remember that having a personality or mood disorder is not something of which you should be ashamed. There is no reason you should be unsuccessful as a result. It may take some time, and more than one visit with your doctor, but you will find a course of treatment that makes you feel better. Until that time, seek out those facing similar issues. Build your support system. There is nothing more comforting than someone who understands that although your illness is invisible, it is very real.