My depression crept in and I kept smiling and then BOOM BANG it hit HARD. My schedule was crazy, my stress at work built up, the weather changed from summer to winter and I just couldn’t handle anything anymore!
It was then that I realized I needed to find myself a counselor/therapist. It was the best decision I could have made to really start healing and be able to start living again. I have been very open about the beauty of therapy, especially to interpreters, stay-at-home moms, my friends, and Facebook audience. *heart*
Near the end of my very first session with my therapist, she suggested I read the book, “Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself” by Melody Beattie. I didn’t know what that meant by the title alone and I wasn’t sure how it would apply to me. But a friend had the book and said it was her favorite book in her own discovery and healing. This book comes from the perspective of those who deal with people addicted to alcohol and drugs. I have never been exposed to that at all. I came from a home where love, respect, rules and consequences filled the walls. So I wasn’t sure how it would apply to me or if I would relate. But I did relate, very much, to the information shared in this book – and that really aided in my healing process. I read it from start to finish, took notes, cried, journaled, and re-read it. I’m not much of a reader but this was a book of healing and I loved it! It’s definitely a permanent book in my library!