Depression - Emely's Story
According to Emely, life is not just a sequence of unfortunate events, it gets better, and the better you control your thoughts, and learn how to deal with situations, the better you will feel. Emely, who suffers from depression, lives by these words which have helped her to change her life; this is her story.
"Depression: Emely's Story"
"Hi. My name is Emely. I'm from the Dominican Republic, and I live in New York, and I suffer from depression. At work, no would be able to tell that I was depressed, because I was completely normal, efficient, and alert, and even happy at work, but when I would come home, things were just completely out of my control. I'm actually a mom. My son is eleven years old, and my depression was to the point where I was not able to really take care of my son and myself. So I got a psychiatric evaluation, and they told me I that had Access 1 Diagnosis, which was major depression, and my psychiatrist suggested that I should take medicine for it, but I was just concerned with some of the side effects of the current drugs that are out there, and I decided to do other things to help boost my self esteem and to help me gain a sense of balance in my life. Some of the things that I do is I go to a yoga center. I get a great workout. I've been known to even break into tears during my workout. It's an outlet for me. I also do counseling on a weekly basis. I come out here. Its nice out. I get some sun. I read. Whenever your feeling sad or anything, a great workout makes you feel confident about yourself because you feel good, you're going to look good. So that is how I am coping with my depression and thinking positively. Life isn't just a sequence of unfortunate events. It gets better, and the better you control your thoughts, and how you deal with situations, the better you feel."