79. Ailbhe Reddy Folk singer

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“Take a break, be hon­est with your­self and with your loved ones.”

I’ve strug­gled with de­pres­sion since my teens. I was al­ways a very anx­ious kid and by the time I was 17 I was re­ally strug­gling. It’s a funny thing be­cause the more I’ve talked to peo­ple around me, the more I’ve re­alised it’s com­mon. I’ve also re­alised peo­ple won’t judge me for it or think I’m weak. I’ve been on and off anti-de­pres­sants for most of my adult life. I’ve learned a few things over the years and the main one is, how­ever you feel, se­crecy will make it worse. Noth­ing will bur­den you more than try­ing to hide your dif­fi­cul­ties from your loved ones. If you’re strug­gling with de­pres­sion or anx­i­ety, be kind to your­self. Take a break, be hon­est with your­self and with your loved ones. You don’t have to feel this way, and you cer­tainly don’t have to go it alone.

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