Fit for the Road

Carolyn Magner | March 01, 2010

You just want to lay your head down and sleep.

But then sleep won’t come, and you lie awake, wondering, again, how you got to this dim corridor. It begins to seem as though you have never existed outside of this, and the effort to even raise your head feels impossible now.

There’s no way out.

If you have never experienced the clutches of depression, you may not understand the above passage. But for anyone who’s been there, you know how overwhelming the feelings of despair, gloom and even physical tiredness can be. And in the midst of it, sometimes it really feels like there’s no escape.

If you’re feeling that way, please seek help, whether it’s visiting a doctor, getting on medication, attending religious counseling sessions, whatever. Depending on the severity of your depression, you may be able to deal with it without professional help; sometimes spending more time around loved ones or getting involved with a new hobby can take your mind off your troubles. But if you find that the feelings aren’t going away, there is absolutely no shame in seeking a doctor’s help. You are important, and you deserve to feel good about yourself and your life.

Also know that you are not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 10 percent of Americans 18 or older have some type of mood disorder. There is help, and there is hope, so be willing to accept it.


Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Phone 800-789-2647

American Psychological Association

Phone 800-374-2721 or 202-336-5500

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)

Phone 800-950-6264 or 703-524-7600

American Psychiatric Association

Phone 888-357-7924

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Phone 301-443-4513

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