Social media is widely-known to be associated with increased levels of depression, anxiety, stress and a lower self-esteem. Knowing all this, we don’t tend to make a conscious effort to avoid the bad and enjoy the good. It’s time to take control and be in the driving seat.
Shiphrah is a full time mother of two. She loves all things chocolate, deep conversations, baking, and getting lost in a good book. She lives in Mumbai, India with her husband and two adorable daughters. The lockdown has rekindled her love for writing and she blogs over at her own place at www.boredandbusymama.com
This poem captures my journey of self-acceptance as an adopted child. I went through a period of deep disquiet in my heart about this fact and it manifested in shame and guilt which eventually became a contributing factor to depression. However, through the continual unconditional love received from my parents and Heavenly Father, I have overcome this and am more than grateful for this journey.
Reflections on the first year of parenting. After giving birth at the end of March 2020, Rhianna and her baby left the hospital to a world totally changed. In these strange times, she had to learn how to care for a baby and cope with every new experience. She found that being a parent is the most ordinary and the most extraordinary challenge, in ways she could never have prepared herself for.
At the age of twelve, seeing the ill-treatment meted out to fellow dwellers in the area of my living, a question arose in my heart. Is there a solution to this problem? Almost twenty years later, I found to my surprise that there is indeed a solution. However, there is a perpetual unwillingness in the minds of people to accept and implement the solution. Will the change ever come?
This article is about my experience with depression—putting it into words, describing it so that it’s more tangible and becomes much more real to someone who doesn’t know what it feels like. It’s to articulate in the best way I can how depression has affected me and how, personally, I view and experience it. This article also includes my experience with suicidal ideation as well as a close encounter with an attempt at suicide.