I am talking about the greatest fight going on in our time. It is not between two opponents in a ring.
The opponents I am talking about, one does not fight fair. He loves to do a sneak attack.
He finds great pleasure in hurting you whether you are standing strong on your feet or he has knocked you down and you are wobbly on your feet, but you do manage to stand.
This opponent challenges you a great deal and does not seem to accept “no” for an answer.
After he antagonizes you for days, you finally give in and decide to accept his challenge and fight back.
You do the opposite of everything he expects you to do. He tries to knock you down but this time you stand tall. You might even bring in some partners to deal with his his team.
Depression is the name of the sneaky opponent. He does not play fair. He does a sneak attack every time. When you are down, you do not feel like fighting. You feel as though you have no strength.
Depression brings in part of his team: worthless, hopeless, purposeless.
What he does not realize, is that you have your own team, worthy, hopeful, purpose. Your trainers are named, Psychiatrist and Therapist.
The fight is carried out in your mind and it is a daily battle for some. This opponent is determined to keep you down (in bed, suicide ideology, why am I here. I am tired of this indescribable pain.
Once you start fighting back, you challenge depression and bipolar (his manager with mental illness as the co-owner)
Support system (family, friends, other people with a mental illness diagnosis that know what it is like, are standing by your side). Psychiatrist and therapist train you and now you are strong enough to get up and stand. Hopeless, worthless, purposeless are still hanging around for the next round.
They will keep attacking you ever so often, but since you know depression’s game plan, you can knock him out with medication com pliancy, knowing you are worthwhile and listening to your support system.
Our enemy depression will keep coming back sometimes sooner, sometimes months or year later. We will fight and win again. We did it this time and we will do it again.
Let’s fight depression let him know, we have our weapons and we will not hand over our mind to them. We will fight everyday to keep us safe.
We are victors because we protected the mind from destruction and we remain in reality.