GREAT Morning WORLD!
On February 1, the Journal of Accountancy released an article titled Depression and the CPA, wherein an accounting professor at Boise State University opened up about his experience with depression, his thoughts about depression in the world of accounting, and what he’s done to help lessen the symptoms.
Discussions of mental health issues in the accounting profession are scant. It is especially critical during these uncertain times that we talk more about mental health to remove the stigma and let others know that it is OK to seek help! It is crucial that we watch out for one another and reach out if we think a colleague may be struggling.
I was diagnosed with depression from an early age and was on medication from middle school through the end of college. For me, depression drained all of my energy. I didn’t want to eat, go to school, socialize, exercise, or get out of bed. I was often very anxious and filled with worries for a majority of the day. I still experience depressive episodes every once in a while. Activities that have helped lessen my experience of depression include a consistent gratitude practice, meditation, yoga, exercise and eating healthy foods. Talking to a confidant when I am feeling depressed has also been a game changer!
In addition, here is what you should do if you think you are depressed, according to the World Health Organization:
- Talk to someone you trust about your feelings. Most people feel better after talking to someone who cares about them.
- Seek professional help. Your local health care worker or doctor is a good place to start.
- Remember that with the right help, you can get better.
- Keep up with activities that you used to enjoy when you were well.
- Stay connected. Keep in contact with family and friends.
- Exercise regularly, even if it’s just a short walk outside.
- Stick to regular eating and sleeping habits as best you can.
- Accept that you might have depression and adjust your expectations. You may not be able to accomplish as much as you do usually.
- Avoid or restrict alcohol intake and refrain from using illicit drugs; they can worsen depression.
- If you feel suicidal, contact someone for help immediately or call the suicide prevention lifeline at 800.273.8255.
If you or a loved one have ever experienced or are experiencing depression, please know you are not alone and please leverage the aforementioned resources as you see fit. It is critical that we stick close to our family, friends, and community during these chaotic times.
Much love, everybody!