Breaking Through the Stigma of Depression and Mental Illness

Breaking Through the Stigma of Depression and Mental Illness

By Elzbieta Pettingill

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

I had suffered from severe depression since my childhood. I was diagnosed with both clinical depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which tormented me for nearly 3 decades. I attempted suicide and suffered a number of brain seizures as a result. Now in my 30’s, I was able to overcome my condition, not because of but despite the “help” I received by the medical and mental healthcare systems. As well-intended as the individuals working in the mental health system might be, at least in my experience, they were not always helpful. In fact, many times they proved to be more harm than good to my fragile state of mind.

The main reason for the general lack of success of today’s mental healthcare system is that it considers mental health a science of the body, assessing “mental health issues” from a rigid, reductionist point of view. Practitioners try to isolate a physical cause, then proceed to treat only the symptoms. But, in doing so, they neglect the most important aspect of curing any mental (or physical) disease — the spiritual aspect. From my own personal experience of overcoming the major depression, I can say without a doubt that the healing of the spiritual aspect of my condition was the single most important factor that led me to successful recovery.

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I Suffer From Depression: Don’t Be Afraid of Me

I Suffer From Depression: Don’t Be Afraid of Me

By Elzbieta Pettingill

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

My name is Elzbieta, and I suffered from major depression for many, many years. In my late 30’s, after two major brain seizures caused by a suicide attempt, I was finally able to overcome my severe depression and the suicidal tendencies that tormented me for nearly 3 decades.

When I was depressed and suicidal, people always seemed to shy away from me. Even my own family appeared to be intimidated by me and my condition. No one knew how to talk to me. I could see the fear in everyone’s eyes and in their body language. I could sense it in the energy coming from them.

It hurt like hell. It made me feel rejected, unwanted and grotesque.

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Overcoming Depression: The Birth Of A Healer

Overcoming Depression: The Birth Of A Healer

By Elzbieta Pettingill

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Have you been affected by prolonged depression, or any other “mental disorder” for that matter? If the answer is yes, then you, my dear are a very, very special person.

It’s time for you to know what an incredible gift you are to this world. You didn’t come here by chance. You weren’t born in this physical body with the particular characteristics that made you predisposed to depression, without a reason.

You were not born to lose this battle — you were born to win it! You were born to heal. And more than that, you came here to heal yourself so you could help others with their healing too.

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Being Too Nice Can Contribute to Depression

Being Too Nice Can Contribute to Depression

By Elzbieta Pettingill

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

There is such a thing as being too nice, too giving and too caring. To overcome depression you must stop the habit of bending over to gain people’s approval. I know, it’s easier said than done. But no one said it’d be easy.

Those who are affected by depression tend to be people-pleasers. And yet, ironically, quite often their actions are viewed by others as selfish and self-centered. For over three decades I believed in that crap myself. I believed I was selfish and self-involved. I was convinced I had nothing to offer. I also thought that it didn’t matter what I thought. That my opinion was less important than anyone else’s. It seemed as if I was always living someone else’s life.

Finally, after two major brain seizures caused by a suicide attempt, I stopped living someone else’s life and looked deep within…

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Everything Is Perfect Just The Way It Is

Everything Is Perfect Just The Way It Is

By Elzbieta Pettingill

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Recently I had an epiphany. I realized – and not just on an intellectual level – that everything in this world, including you and me, is already perfect the way it is! That there isn’t any need to force change… that the change occurs already on its own, whether we like it or not, and that it unfolds in a perfect way and a perfect time frame.

The permanent lifting of the inner burden that was on my mind, made possible by such realization, is simply priceless!

So what exactly happened to me that made me arrive at such a liberating and relieving conclusion?

You’re going to think I’m crazy…. and you wouldn’t be the first person to do so, which is perfectly fine. As I just mentioned earlier: everything is perfect the way it is 😉

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The Trouble Is… We Think We Have Time

The Trouble Is… We Think We Have Time

By Elzbieta Pettingill

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

The trouble is — you think you have time ~ Buddha

Why do we believe we have all the time in the world to change?

I don’t know how old you are, but I’ll be 37 years old pretty soon. Still young, right? If everything goes well, I’ll be on this planet for another, perhaps, 40 to 50 more years? Life expectancy is pretty high these days, and we all expect to arrive at an age of, let’s say, 80 years. But how much time is 80 years, really? If we think of it in terms of years, it might seem an eternity to us. Especially when we are at the very beginning of that number, when our journey on this Earth has just begun.

But what if we looked at it from a different perspective? What if we stopped thinking in terms of years? We know that 80 years, in most parts of the world, is made of 80 springs, summers, falls and winters. Wow, this means we are here on this Earth for only 80 summers! And that’s if we’re even lucky to live that long. Can you imagine… our entire life contains such a short number of seasons? Is 80 summers or winters really that much? Doesn’t seem like it, does it, when we look at it this way?

So if Buddha was right – and we only think we have time – we might indeed be in trouble here!

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Self Realized: The Angel That You Are

Self Realized: The Angel That You Are

By Elzbieta Pettingill

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Have you ever looked in the mirror, and seen a reflection of an Angel? Which you are. For real, did you ever find yourself looking at your face, as if you were suddenly looking with a new set of eyes? As if, out of nowhere, you were able to see the unseen, as if you were seeing through a different dimension?

Have you ever experienced being completely immersed by the outer and inner beauty of your own self? Did the bliss of your own pure admiration descend on your body while you stared in disbelief — disbelief at what looked like your face, only a trillion times more beautiful, more glowing, more profound, more complex, more mysterious, more loving than you could ever think was possible, or could ever describe?

I’m going to share with you how I was able to have such an experience, and not just once. But first I’ll talk about the anger that I believe, for many, stands in our way of seeing how magnificent we really are — and actually seeing it in this physical world, with our own eyes, not just in our minds and our imaginations….

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Depression and Spiritual Awakening: Overcoming Depression and Abuse with Conscious Forgiveness

Depression and Spiritual Awakening: Overcoming Depression and Abuse with Conscious Forgiveness

By Elzbieta Pettingill

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

“Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.” ~ Buddha

If you suffer from depression, or know someone close to you who does, then you came to the right place. No, I’m not a psychologist, but if you are anything like me, chances are that your faith in psycho-therapy has diminished, if not disappeared completely. I’m here to share with you my own experience of dealing with chronic depression, how the hopelessness that comes with it had made me attempt suicide numerous times, what steps I took to overcome this so called “mental disorder,” and what impact all of this has had on my spiritual awakening. My experience has driven me to find a true peace of mind and the sense of true happiness that can only be found within ourselves.

Did you know that you can heal your depression entirely?

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