Depression and Recovering From Rape - Nicole's Story
In this episode, Nicole reveals a traumatic experience in her life involving rape. She explains the post trauma that began to seep into other areas in her life and render her mentally unstable. However, Nicole was able to regain her inner strength and soon found the guidance that she was so desperately looking for. Find out how Nicole took a tragic experience and turned it into a positive character building quality. This is Nicole's story.
My name is Nicole. I was diagnosed with depression in, I think it was 2002, 2003. I had very traumatic experiences in my life, like I got raped. I didn't tell anybody about it. I just kinda kept it quiet. I just didn't wanna work. I didn't wanna go be around people. Some people will tend to make you feel as if you contributed to the bad stuff that happened to you and well nobody's really to blame, so part of what I did was just to treat that by being more optimistic.
I guess my peace was just believing in God. With faith in God what comes is the fact that he wants me to be whole, you know, he says that in the bible that he wants me to be prosperous and in good health, so I know he's on my side, so, you know, that's a whole lotta support there, you know, powerful support. And as far as treatment is concerned that he will work along with me to make sure that things get better and I get better.
Depression can be situational, brought on by, you know, traumatic events in your life. It also can be something that is, um, hereditary, you know, certain things run in families and all of that. It's important to really get properly diagnosed and to figure out what the source is. Mind therapy is important, just making sure that you're thinkin' healthy thoughts and knowing that you're a valued person, you're here on the earth, I am here on the earth for a special reason, not just, I'm not here by accident, you know, I was placed here to do something good, you know, or something wonderful than, you know, things like that cuz nobody's worthless really. We're here to, you know, make each other happy and do good.