Mental Health: Keri Hilson reveals battle with depression

 

In a sit down on Thursday October 10, singer songwriter Keri Hilson revealed she fought a battle with depression for seven years.

October 10th marks World Mental Health day and the US singer joined hundreds to speak out about the condition that continues to affect millions of families.

She shared her struggle saying she went on a music hiatus in those seven years to deal with the challenge.

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A year ago she disclosed on youtube that

 I was bearing the weight of some personal and professional mistakes and they just weighed so so so heavy on my spirit, and I was just not myself,

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I was at the pinnacle, you know? I was severely unhappy and then add to that, this is when I decide to jump out of an eleven-year relationship. Bad decision, bad timing,” Keri added.

Keri also took to Instagram to post an emotional yet encouraging message to her fans and followers:

Today is World Mental Health Day. I opened up about my battle with severe depression in January 2018 & continue to do work with @silencetheshame, @kerihilsonfoundation, & other organizations I’m compelled to lend my story for awareness & healing. I endured a lot of trying years, but like the last slide, I’m smiling BIG now (inside too). I am proud to say that although I still have healthy stresses to manage, I AM HEALED, and I did so without medication. 💊

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If you’re like me, you’ve encountered your own set of circumstances or traumatic events that lead you down a dark road. I’m here to tell you—you don’t have to succumb to a life of darkness. There is a way out. I’m writing a book on overcoming depression for you, and I hope it helps you and many others. ☀️ 🦋

 

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6 important ways to know you are falling into depression

May is the Mental Awareness Month.

 

A study by WHO ranked Kenyans as the 6th most depressed people in Africa.

The study suggested that men were more affected by this condition than women.

In regards to mental health, we have highlighted 6 ways you might know that you are falling into depression:

1. Lack of Appetite and weight changes

When someone is falling into depression, lack of appetite and slowly losing weight is a trigger that may result from mental health.

Loss of appetite and weight changes could be from very many factors but when it comes to mental health, you may find that it’s simply because you are stressed or just don’t want to eat at all.

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2. Feeling of guilt and self hate

“I hate myself” is a sadly common voice that people struggle with.

This inner voice is especially very active when one has had self doubt and hopelessness over a situation and it tends to lead to all the negative voices that weigh down your positive progress.

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3. Hopelessness 

People who are falling into depression tend to feel hopeless and have self doubt.

This distorts their minds to be one that they do not believe in themselves  and rather one that they are always doubting what they do.

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4. Lack or concentration

Excessive tiredness that results from signs of depression can cause a lack of concentration that continues for an extended period of time.

Stress and anxiety can also be part of the equation. Stress and anxiety could result to anything that is happening or what they feel could happen in future.

 

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5. Fatigue and body pains 

Feeling of body fatigue and body pains is one of the ways that one knows that they are falling into some sort of mental problem.

This may happen even after sleeping for 24 hours and even after so much rest, you still wake up tired.

Stress could also trigger fatigue and pains, this is because when one is stressed for a long duration of time, their bodies get worn out from all the weight of the stress.

 

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6. Withdrawing from close family and friends

What happens to a depressed person is that they start to withdraw from everything and everyone.

This may include intimate partner, children, parents, siblings or other household members.

When this happens it does not mean that they are doing well or avoiding you, it means they just need help and they need it from you

 

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