(This is the 7th in a series of refections by women prisoners in Brazil and the third by Fifi. In this reflection, Fifi shares her feelings on depression and more importantly how she can help others with their own depression. Please think about and pray for the author “Fifi” and all the depressed women in São Paulo’s prisons. Fifi has given her permission to share her reflection via this blog post although her name has been changed.
If you are inspired to comment on Fifi’s reflections, please add a supportive note in the comment section below and I will ensure she gets your comment.
What is depression? I have no idea but I experience it with a lot of “ups and downs.”
One moment I am happy and the next moment angry…and sad. There are many feelings of pressure on both my body and mind; sadness, anger, frustration, happiness, disappointment…all in my mind as well.
The only way to handle it is to find a way to stay calm and talk to somebody. Other ways to stay calm are by writing and coloring. Everyone has their own way. And a lot of people (in prison) don’t dare to come out of their depression, because there is no need.
Also, here you can come out from your depression, but it takes some time. And once you are out of it, and you are your “old self” again, you can be proud of yourself. And you must be stronger!
So I want to tell everyone who has the same depression, “Don’t be ashamed of yourself. You are not alone.”
I wannna ask those people to write something about their depression and their experience so we can share together and (work) to achieve to be better in life.