I've been depressed for over two decades yet people don't see mental health issues as some thing to give utmost importance to.
I started getting depressed at 8years old. Before now, I used to be a confident little girl full of life and energy. My mum said I started walking and talking at 7months of age. Now this is not something you see every day.
As I grew older and started recognizing what was going on around me, I started getting affected.
My father was a soldier in the Nigerian army who was not always around and whenever he does come around he and my mother get to fight in the public which makes me very embarrassed. With time I began to wonder why my family isn't as lovely as some of the other families I do visits in my area. There was nothing of the qualities that makes up a family, no love, unity, care, cooperation and everything you know that a family should have.
I got so lonely and withdrawn most especially because I had to hawk bread every morning before going to school which means I always go late to school and get flogged for late coming even though I never wanted that.
All these broke me and then , there are issues of molestation and sexual harassment I will never get to talk about because I've lost my voice, the voice of a baby girl who started talking and running at 7months old.
I will share in another post how this mental issues affected me into teenage hood and still wreck my personality.