Happiness Is Not Always A Choice

Hello everyone! I am really sorry it has been quite some time since I wrote a new blog post. My depression got worse and I am currently in an outpatient treatment program, which is going very well.

Sooooooooooooo …. we have all seen that damn quote, “Happiness is a choice” floating around on the internet.

I don’t hate many things but I tell ya what, I hate that quote. Happiness is a choice to an extent. But when you are suffering from severe depression its not always a choice. One of my number one pet peeves is when people say just be happy. If only it were that easy. In my case, my depression causes a chemical imbalance in my brain. And to help those chemicals get straightened out, I am on two medications.

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To the people who tell others to just be happy, I hate to break it to you, but we don’t have a button that we can switch on & off and instantly become happy. When people say stuff like that to me I think in my head, do they know how much money I am spending trying to get better? Don’t you think I would want to save hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars? Do you think I want to take medication that reacts with my brain?

Like I said happiness is a choice to an extent. If you are struggling with depression, it is YOUR choice to be negative all the time or try to think positive. It is your choice to seek help or not. The ball is 100% in your court. I know it is not easy to be happy 24/7, but you have to do anything you can to get to a point that you can be proud of. YOU are the most important person in your life, and if you can’t take care of yourself first, you cant take care of anyone. It is not selfish to think about your well-being.

Okay getting a little off track here, anyways if you are one of those people who don’t believe that depression is a real disease and say happiness is a choice. Please educate yourself. Do you have any idea how that feels when you say those words to someone who is struggling? For me, I instantly get mad, then I start to think I am crazy and maybe it is all in my head. Recognize the problem, and if you know someone who is struggling with mental illness just simply tell them that you are there for them or ask how you can help. Please do not say Happiness is a choice. Until next blog!

-courtney

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