A Nigerian Columnist, Betty Irabor has finally opened up about her mental health journey in a post on her Twitter account on Tuesday.
Irabor, who is a writer, publisher, and founder of Genevieve magazine, took it to twitter to share that she was diagnosed with depression for eight years which made her lose so much weight. The 63-year-old author also stated that she had once attempted suicide during one of her episodes.
“My battle with depression lasted 8 years. I have been out of that dark hole for some 5 years now & I wrote a book on my experience. I am fantastic thanks to my family especially hubby, God & my therapist. There’s a lot of self-effort required on the journey to recovery,” she said.
My battle with depression lasted 8 years. I have been out of that dark hole for some 5 years now & I wrote a book on my experience. I am fantastic thanks to my family especially hubby, God & my therapists. There's a lot of self effort required on the journey to recovery. ❤
— Betty Irabor (@BettyIrabor) September 1, 2020
The writer added that “When I was battling depression & lost weight, many thought I was on a death diet & hounded me till I was ashamed to go out. A News Daily called me Anorexic. I got labeled “Snobbish” cos I lost every ability to socialize…..Hmm Things are never what they seem. Let’s be guided,” stated Irabo.
Meanwhile, earlier she condemned people who have never experienced the condition to never be too quick to judge the victims. Irabo further added: “At the time I attempted suicide, I was sick and in pain.
“There was a volcano somewhere inside of me that needed to erupt and suicide seemed like an option to avoid the eruption. Don’t trivialize anyone’s pain. It’s not physical; you can’t see it.”