Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 26th 2017 Contents day was a better day. I finally returned my friend's
call. Then decided I needed rest so I went back to
bed. Late this evening I planted more than a dozen
anthuriums and cleaned up my entire propagating
area. I plan to write about the benefits of venting next!
I think I have mastered the "vent" without being
a complainer, but that came with years of practice.
My first nervous breakdown had to do with stuffing
my deepest feelings on many matters that were a bit
much for a teenager.
Sometimes, when I look at how others 'milk' their
situations to gain attention and sympathy, I am some-
times tempted, too. But my independence and sense
of self and the always having to prove myself coming
in at eight of eight children and with a disability has
steered me elsewhere.
May 2012 (MHM inbox)
When I was at college I paid with my health for not
eating and resting properly. During that time I was
wont to become worried over exams. But my love for
what I studied overrode all the hardships. When I
left, I was extremely upset and extremely depressed
because my son's health was affected with the up and
down---so many things affected my ability to continue
a major one being financial.
Honestly, I became suicidal and its only now I have
decided to come to terms with it, I spoke with the
college admin and asked that they make social services
more visible because had I known of them I may have
found an alternative way to deal with everything.
It's not something that can be spoken about easily.
I dared to tell my potential boyfriend at the time, and
he thought I was being stupid to even harbour such
thoughts. I dumped him eventually. It amazes me how
quick people like to invalidate how you feel instead of
digging for the root of why you feel that way.
I have recently been diagnosed with depression and
started medical treatment and therapy. I am turning
45 in March and I am married. The journey is a dif-
ficult one because everybody has an explanation for
As I have gotten older and only just recognised
that depression was the cause of a lot of my issues
I am determined to get all the proper care I can. I
am experiencing one of my episodes currently, even
while on medication so that's a little scary for both
me and my husband because it means me missing
work until I feel better.
Sorry to go on and on but I stumbled onto your
article in the Guardian today and I was happy to see
someone brave enough to come forward in this SNAP-
I wish you Jehovah's speed.
Thank you for your sentiments.
I remember changing doctors when my meds
seemed not to be working but it takes a period or many
periods of adjusting before I got the meds correct.
Depression, unfortunately has no regard for your
cycle of work, life, etc and can impact so many facets
of your life.
You have a husband and support is wonderful.
Hi. I have a question about the laws within T&T
with regard to mental health. Can a family member
"section" another member of the family if he/she
believes the person is mentally abusing a senior mem-
ber of the family and physically threatening another
member of the same family/household?
Also can anyone under the Mental Health Act (if
TT has one) be forced to take medication to improve
their mental health especially for the safely of another
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 guardian.co.tt
The Facebook page @
Health Issues Understood)
became a parallel interven-
tion to this feature column
in April 2012. Renamed as
Mental Health Matters, T&T
(MHMTT), in the earlier days
the support/outreach forum
struggled to get attention be-
cause this issue about speak-
ing openly was not a point of
comfort for people.
Looking comparatively at
the traction from other causes
of casual and comical interest
was disappointing. I often won-
dered if people thought to "Like"
the page was an admission of
something untoward. But then
there were some positive mo-
ments when people grabbed the
opportunity for an intervention.
"After reading your segment
in today's Guardian, which so
many of us can relate to, we are
all up to our eyeballs in what
makes us 'sick & tired!' You are
allowed to have a bad day Caro-
line and after writing and getting
it off your chest, I hope today
finds you feeling plenty better!
I just had a massage on my
back, shoulders & neck area,
my therapist told me that my
muscles were like concrete, she
thinks the reason for that with
me is that I don't vent! So there
you go, go ahead and vent!
April 2012 (MHMTT re-
It's amazing this venting. To-
Look who's talking now
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