January 16, 2016 | Slow Walk to Mental Health | Laura Cook
Sometimes life moves by and sad things happen quickly; you get in an accident and everything changes at once or your grandparent passes and you don't get to say goodbye.
There are some things in life, however, that happen so slowly, sometimes you have to wonder how things changed without you having noticed. My depression was like that: a slow moving snake, slowly working itself into every aspect of my life.
At first, my dating relationship was the only thing that suffered as I became disinterested and unhappy. Then my school work focus and interest decreased rapidly. I was always the most upbeat and silly person, but my inner "happy voice" was getting quieter and quieter.
My parents thought maybe it was just stress, but I knew it was something I had never felt before, a sadness that was deeper and more heavy. I finally had to tell my mom, "I don't know what's wrong but I'm always sad. I think I need to see a counselor."
And so began my journey into the magical world of mental health [...]
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