Monica wanted The Lima News to help her, yet she struggled with having her full name being published when telling her story about depression.
She said she understands mental illness is no different than physical illness. And she does talk freely about her fight against depression with people she knows.
Yet, the Auglaize County woman held strong to that one condition: We not use her full name.
“I know a person should feel no shame in having a mental illness. And I understand we’ve come a long ways in that regard. But the reality is the stigma is still there with some people. I’m in between jobs right now and looking. I cannot afford to do anything that is going to hurt my chances,” the Auglaize County woman said.
“I contacted you in hopes that I can bring hope and/or help to someone else struggling with severe depression. I am feeling so much better after dealing with severe depression for a long period of time. It takes a toll on your employment, your marriage and family life and everything you are involved with.”
In Monica’s case, she found herself crying a lot and not wanting to get out of bed. She found it hard to focus, her speech was delayed and her appetite changed. She was short with her children and argued with her husband over little things.
She knew she wasn’t herself and eventually sought help.
“I tried different medications, rigorous exercise, numerous nutritional supplements, prayer and counseling. While I am still doing all of the aforementioned things and believe that all affected individuals should, sometimes that is still not enough to dig your way out of deep depression.”
Her mother-in-law found the Lindner Center of Hope in Mason, Ohio, an award-winning mental health treatment center that provides anxiety treatment, depression treatment, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy, electroconvulsive therapy and more.
“I decided to check into electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). I truly felt like a new person after receiving bilateral treatments,” she said, noting the treatment was covered by insurance.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, ECT is a safe and effective treatment for depression. Electrodes are placed on the patient’s scalp and a finely controlled electric current is applied while the patient is under general anesthesia. ECT is generally used when severe depression is unresponsive to other forms of therapy.
Like any treatment, people first should consult with their family doctor or therapist before trying.
“I’m just one person, but I feel more alert. I feel like I’m a better mom. My marriage is better. I just feel good overall.” Monica said.
“Most of all, I want to tell people not to give up hope.”
ROSES AND THORNS: A cold job is worth a bundle of roses.
Rose: To Lima Water Department employees, who answered 150 calls over three days concerning frozen or broken water lines or no water at all during the recent cold snap. Often they found themselves having to lay in the snow o get access to the pipes.
Thorn: Work on the Elm Street underpass project is behind schedule for close to a half year because CenturyLink didn’t relocate its lines until December, according to Lima Public Works Director Howard Elstro. The City of Lima has taken legal action against CenturyLink to recoup some costs of the delay, noting the company received notice to relocate its lines in March.
Thorn: For the third time recently, Bath firefighters were dispatched to fire at a former motel on Neubrecht Road which has been shuttered for nearly two years.
PARTING SHOT: If it is not Valentine’s Day and you see a man in a flower shop, you can probably start up a conversation by asking, “What did you do?”
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.