There IS hope... The worst part about mental illness is the sense of loneliness, feeling as if no one understands what you are going through. I understand. I've been there. The black dog. The dark night of the soul. You are not alone. It can feel like nothing will ever get better. Anxiety eats you alive, while depression snuffs out that spark inside you. A voice whispers "there is no hope." It tells you, "give up, it will never get better." That voice LIES. You are in control of your life and your wellbeing. You are the only person who can turn things around. There is a way out of this vicious cycle. But no one else can save you. The responsibility is yours, and yours alone. You are stronger than you think! Julia Kay also writes fiction under the pen name Kaye Draper. She believes that one of the most damaging things we can do as a society is to deny mental illness and put on a mask that says everything is okay when it's not. Depression and anxiety can be incredibly isolating. We can feel like we are abnormal, like we are alone, like no one else understands...when in reality, our neighbor is struggling with the same issues. We need to share our stories. We need to reach out our hands and hearts to one another. You are not alone. Join Julia on Facebook at: @nocureneeded. Or, visit her website, No Cure Needed, for resources and motivation for depression, anxiety, self-development, and growth at: nocureneeded.com.