I had a post all ready to go for today, but then I saw that today was International Men’s Day. It was trending on Twitter, so I checked out the hashtag to see what the message and theme was – honestly, I wanted to see why it existed at all.
When I first began experiencing symptoms of depression, I (quite naturally, I might add) shrugged it off. I assumed that most people felt the way I was feeling at the time, and chalked it up to any number of reasons: I was in a transitional period in my life, going through a lot of change and facing plenty of uncertainties. I was shocked when, the more I began to share my experiences with others, the more I saw that they were more unique than I thought. But I also found it interesting that women were far more open to discussing my issues than men were. I don’t believe that was a coincidence.