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Betty Irabor Speaks On Her Battle With Depression

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Betty Irabor, a seasoned publisher and media executive, took to Twitter on Monday, February 28 to discuss her battle with depression.

Irabor wrote about her interaction with a doctor in a psychiatric department in Dubai: “I remember sitting at the psychiatric department of the Iranian hospital in Dubai waiting for my turn to see a doctor. I was past being shamed or stigmatized.

Besides, no one knew me here, I was no one important…just another psychiatric patient”.

She went on saying: “I knocked and entered the consulting room. Who prescribed all these medicines for you?’ The doctor asked after seeing my collection of antidepressants. You don’t need these, they are too many.”

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He sorted them and told me which to continue with & which to dispose of immediately. The truth was, while a few were based on doctors’ prescriptions, I was also self-medicating. At the end of my consultation, I felt great. I understood a little more of the nature of my illness.”

I left the hospital with my head high and a bubbly spirit…But it wasn’t quite the happy ending I expected… Depression persisted…..I just could not find peace amidst the turmoil…Mental illness sucks big time.

 

I began to find peace when I realised how much learning and unlearning I had to do. I was tired of self-pity and this thing that was consuming my life… I did not only want my life back, I wanted to be an even better version…It was time to fix me.

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How did I go about it? I embarked on a journey of self-evaluation and self-discovery. I made peace with my past and then forgave everyone including myself.”

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