What do I have to be thankful for when it comes to depression? Quite a bit, I discovered, when I sat down to make a list.
*I am thankful that I am being treated for depression. Before I was diagnosed with depression, before I was treated, I lived in a gray and brown world. That’s the way things seemed: no color, little light, dull and lifeless. Hopeless. Though I’ve had periods of depression even after I started treatment, even though I have bad times, I’ve never fully returned to that gray and brown world.
*I am thankful for the treatments that are available. I’m thankful for the medications and therapies that have been developed for use with depression. I’m thankful for the intelligent minds and compassionate hearts that have tried to find ways to combat this disease.
*I’m thankful for doctors and therapists that have helped me in the past and today. I’ve had some bad luck with providers, but overall, I’ve had some good ones, and a few excellent ones. Right now, I have a couple of excellent providers who help me weather the depression.
*I’m thankful that I can afford to pay for medication and therapy. I’m thankful I have health insurance to help me do that.
*I’m thankful for close friends who have listened to me through the years and offered support and encouragement without judgment. I’m thankful for the blogging community and the friends I’ve made through blogging. I have received so much inspiration and hope.
*I’m thankful for my cats. Their presence is always a comfort, and they teach me about love and life every day.
*I’m thankful for my husband. My world is beautiful for knowing him and having him in my life. He loves me, depression and all. I love him.
*I’m thankful for the hope in my heart. I hold on to that hope when the darkness comes around.
What is one thing you are thankful for today?