Going the distance

Rise above hardship with resilience and support

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. June 19, 2013

Recent blog comments talk of horrifying stories of sexual abuse, failed relationships, and mental health issues of post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide and depression, as well as grief for lost loved ones.

These stories are testimony to the incredible resilience of the human spirit — the ability to somehow bounce back and to keep on when there is no light at the end of the tunnel. They also highlight that gift to reach out to another suffering soul during times of life's greatest pain.

That helping hand may be a professional, such as a counselor, psychologist or physician, but it simply may be that one person that sits and listens and holds your hand. But what can you do when you are struggling with mental illness and have inadequate insurance? Almost every community has resources for dealing with this all too common tragedy.

And in some cases, all it takes is a friend, neighbor or colleague who simply looks you in the eye and says, "I am here for you, and somehow we will walk through this together."


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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June 19, 2013