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These Words of Wisdom From My Dad Helped Me Through the Darkest Time of My Life

Posted On: Jun 2, 2020   |   Posted By: PopSugar

These Words of Wisdom From My Dad Helped Me Through the Darkest Time of My Life

When I was in college, I was diagnosed with depression. I had suspected that I had depression as a teenager, but chalked it up to hormones and teenage angst. As I got older, things got considerably worse, and I found myself feeling sad and struggling with suicidal ideation. I sought therapy and medication in my early 20s, and it helped a bit, but I had no idea how to deal with the depression day to day. I found myself feeling overwhelmingly sad and stressed out all the time.
I didn't grow up discussing my mental health , so I felt a lot of shame about my diagnosis. I tried to keep it a secret from my friends and family out of fear that they would think I was being dramatic. I'm extremely close to my family, though, and my parents noticed. My dad would check in with me often, and during one of these conversations, he gave me advice that I've hung on to ever since.
One afternoon, he stopped by my house and could tell that I was struggling. I listed out all of the things that were bringing me down: I was...

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