I just wanted to point out some things that I’ve had to deal with in my lifetime.

What is depression? What is anxiety? I didn’t understand what depression and anxiety meant until these past eight years. I’d feel sad or blue, but I thought it was OK. I didn’t know how to get out of that funk when I found out it was more than just a little sadness. I just thought everybody experienced the same problems that I was having with depression. I just wanted to sleep and sleep. I’d miss work ‘cuz I couldn’t get out of bed. Why? I didn’t realize that was depression. And then the anxiety, I was so scared to make any decision for fear that it’d be the wrong one. Sometimes I’d feel light-headed. I just thought that it was OK. Well, it was because I was having anxiety attacks. I didn’t know. I am now learning to cope with the depression and the anxiety attacks. It takes some practicing to learn what works best for you.

Please caregivers help teach the children in your care about the different emotions. Don’t ignore them. If you teach them now, then they maybe be more able to understand and recognize what may be going on with them.