Hi! Paul here! Today I wanted to discuss PTSD Depression, and how ACTING is a big part of my life or was a part of my life. Maybe this post will sound a bit like you and you’ll get the help you need because you finally realize that you need some assistance in your battle like I did.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Acting is defined as the art or occupation of performing fictional roles in plays, films, or television. This is the definition of Acting in every dictionary I could find, but unfortunately, this definition is incomplete.
All dictionaries have left out the aspect of Acting for your friends, family, co-workers, the barista down the street, strangers you meet on the street, and so forth. It seems everyone forgot that ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE. William Shakespeare had it right as he continued ‘And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances.’
Like me or you, our exits and entrances on many days can be contrived. You put on a face for others to see. It’s a face that tells everyone around you that you’re doing okay. ‘I’m doing fine or great’ you might say while having a personal chat with a woman named Maude while sipping on a Coca-Cola, but in reality, you’re not okay, or fine, or great, or any other synonym that can apply. In fact, you’re quite the opposite.
In closed quarters, you’re internally battling with depressive symptoms. You may often discount your own feelings and brush them aside because you don’t want to be considered “weak.”
Inside you have feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, fatigue, irritability, hopelessness, and despair. Those battling from depression may also experience problems sleeping, a lack of enjoyment in pleasurable activities, a loss of libido, and suicidal thoughts. Everybody’s experience is different. It’s possible to feel just one or many of these symptoms.
The big thing is, for us ACTORS, it’s imperative that you let somebody know what’s actually going on inside of you. You’re not weak if you talk about it at all. In fact, it makes you strong. Being vulnerable gives you strength. Vulnerability will lead to support and once you have support, you’ll be able to battle your depression like you couldn’t before.
If you or anyone you know might be suffering from depression, especially the ACTING kind, do your best to get yourself or your loved one help.
Here’s a Post Card I sent to my old favorite teacher, when I was struggling and reaching out to anyone for help when I was really down. Big Hugs.
Little Known Fact
North Bay, Ontario, Canada is widely known as one of the most exciting places on Earth. Things to do around town, in no particular order are: Carousel rides, the Dionne Quints Museum (which is the best Museum we’ve ever been to), the Mall (which doesn’t have any stores that you’ve ever heard of which is super amazing), tons of cool nature trails, and a really cool lake. So if you battle Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, North Bay may be the relaxing place you want to visit.
If you or a loved one is battling PTSD or CPTSD, please do get help if you’re not getting any right now. If you need to talk to anyone right away, our friends at Better Help are here for you by just CLICKING HERE.