Written By: Chasity L Strawder
This week, I had the pleasure of being on the Write or Die Show to share my journey of overcoming severe depression and anxiety in 2022. Randi-Lee is a gracious host. She is witty and conversational. The show’s format is warm and relaxed. I was eager to answer the questions from Randi-Lee. This was the first time I had shared my mental health struggles on a public platform, but I was extremely comfortable. After the show, I felt confident in knowing I helped someone who might be suffering silently from mental health issues.
My main coping strategy for depression is putting myself first. In the past, I have been known to focus on what others are feeling or thinking about me out of fear of rejection. I would go along with decisions even though I wanted to say no or change my mind. I worked overtime to make others happy at the expense of being mentally and emotionally depleted. Now I know it is okay to do things in my best interest. I do not have to concern myself with what others think of me.
Finally, I am the proud author of Broken for The Promise. It is my memoir of how I overcame a deadly disease while homeless and pregnant.
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