Linda Graziano, Life Coach, Symptom of Depression, Depression Assessment, Treatment for Depression, Depression, How to Recognize Depression, Overcome Depression, Home Study Program, Oro Valley, Arizona
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LIFE COACH,  LINDA GRAZIANO
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LIFE COACH,  LINDA GRAZIANO
Any content or services provided are for educational purposes.
It is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor.
In case of an emergency contact 911.
READ MY STORY OF DEPRESSION
MY DARK DAYS
I had a happy childhood so the first time I felt depressed, it came as
quite a shock to my parents. I was 18 years old and away at college
during my second semester. I felt displaced, alienated, withdrawn, and
also paranoid. I didn’t have any appetite, and even easy things were
difficult to do. I couldn’t concentrate. I thought everyone was looking
at me or talking about me. I called home a lot crying, and finally had to
leave the college, interrupting my education.

For 17 years, I had the diagnosis of major depression until I had an “up”
(a manic episode). Then I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The up
days were great! I needed almost no sleep, had tremendous energy,
could read and recite several books at once…….the world was so
beautiful! But these days would follow with severe downs.

Throughout my life with bipolar disorder, I have had to be hospitalized
four times, experienced deep, severe self-hate, attempted suicide
twice, and have undergone three rounds of ECT (Electro-Convulsive
Therapy).

ACCEPTING MY ILLNESS
To me, acceptance means being able to face the fact that I have a
mental illness that needs to be taken care of for the rest of my life.
My acceptance came about slowly. At first, I was in denial. It was really
hard to think there was something wrong with my thinking. I just could

not
see it.

The fear of rejection was very difficult for me also. I feared that if
people knew I had a mental illness, they would judge me or think about
me differently. There is so much stigma about mental illness. I had to
realize that it’s really not my fault that I have a brain disorder. Now, I
actually feel that I don’t need to be ashamed anymore…… and it actually
feels very good being honest about where I’ve been in life. The illness
is not all of who I am, but it was part of my path.

TREATMENT
My treatment consists of taking medications, seeing a psychiatrist, and
being aware of my stressors. I have noticed that the stress that is
created by my fear or negative thinking eventually causes me to get
depressed. Stress is different for everyone. I know what tends to get
me down, and I try to avoid situations that may be stressful to me or
deal with them right away when they come up.

What has been the most helpful to me in sustaining my wellness is the
study of spiritual principles and being aware that my thoughts create
my feelings. I have noticed that every time I have gotten depressed in
my life, it has started with my not loving myself fully. I would find
myself criticizing myself, comparing myself to others, and believing I’m
not good enough. Then the spiral would just go downward, deep into the
depths of depression where I would end up hating myself. It has been
extremely painful to be in that place.
Being conscious of the thoughts I
think, releasing my negative feelings, keeping my focus on the present
moment, and relying on my inner self to calm me and guide me are my
greatest tools for wellness.

SUPPORT
I am very blessed to have the family and friends and husband that I do.
My commitment to you is to support you by helping you transform your
unhappy feelings, so you can live a fulfilling life.

SUCCESSES
Although I live with a severe mental illness, I have been able to
accomplish a lot of good things in my life. I graduated with an associate’
s degree, a bachelor’s degree in education, and I have done a good deal
of graduate work in counseling. I have maintained a marriage for 27
years to my high school sweetheart and raised three healthy and happy
children. I've always followed my passions in life, and it has led me to
some wonderful jobs, people and experiences.
My most powerful passion
is this. I look forward to inspiring as many people as possible with my
message of hope and helping my clients connect to their inner selves, so
they can feel confident on their own path toward a happy and fulfilling
life.

PAIN HAS A PURPOSE
Although my illness is like a nightmare and “hell on earth” at times, I do
feel I am fortunate to have experienced the full spectrum of emotions
that a human being can experience. And, although I hate this illness at
times, I also love it because it has taught me so much. Depression has
been the #1 teacher in my life. I realize that the purpose for the pain
I
experienced through depression is so that I can be an empowering
teacher and mentor to others who are experiencing pain. It has led me
to a deeper connection with Spirit, a genuine acceptance of my Self,
and a better understanding of others. It has taught me to have an
attitude of gratitude and a real trust in life. Because of all that it has
taught me, I know that pain really does have a purpose.

EMBRACING THE INNER ME
In 2009, I began valuable personal growth work with the help of a life
coach. Finally, I began to accept and love myself just as I was. I also
learned my life purpose. This inspired me to become a Certified Life
Coach. I knew I wanted to empower people to truly love themselves so
they could change their lives.

EMBRACE THE INNER YOU
Now I know I am living my purpose. It is a pleasure to wake up each day
and work toward something I have a passion about as well as a purpose
for. And, it is with purpose and intention that I speak, write, and
encourage people to connect to their true selves and create a fulfilling
life.

I am committed to serving you in the highest way possible so you can
break through to your happiness and Embrace the Inner You!