Yellow Cab So Worth It Spotlight:
Writer and Editor Pam Pastor shows us how to win a fight against depression while advocating for mental health awareness
Pam Pastor’s So Worth It story is nothing short of inspiring as the writer also wishes to help others with what she does. Aside from writing, editing, and playing music with her band, Mozzie, Pam is well-known and loved for her work as a mental health advocate.
Diagnosed with clinical depression, Pam struggled with akathisia. When she was given prescription meds, Pam had to combat this side effect, which makes her restless. Given her condition, this was another layer of difficulty she had to overcome. While it takes tremendous effort, the writer stresses that fighting against depression is so worth it.
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Hunger for living life to the fullest
Pam wants to give hope to those who are struggling like her. She wants to help them feel less alone. Through her writing and various speaking engagements, she tells others that it’s okay to not be okay. Acknowledging the struggle and being patient with one’s self is a great way of practicing self-care and expressing self-love.
She’s very open with her struggles. Pam talks of some days when she’d find it hard to interact with people, let alone get out of bed. There are days when she doesn’t feel like she’s winning the fight, but being the trooper that she is, Pam plods on. “The first challenge was accepting that it was my reality. Depression hit me out of nowhere and for a time, it really knocked me down. But I’ve always been stubborn so I was determined to fight it. The second was finding a good shrink which is not easy to do in a country that doesn’t have enough of them. Then came the medication, dealing with side effects and discovering other ways to help myself get better.” The writer and editor also added that telling her loved ones about her condition and making them understand it was a challenge. She also emphasizes that small wins and celebrating them holds some importance, too.
Depression doesn’t stop her from seeking ways to be better, so she can feel more like herself again and enjoy life. “Life is beautiful despite the struggles that we face. I want to make the most out of my time in this world, there are so many things that I still want to do and depression isn’t going to stop me. I think the So Worth It campaign is great. I love how it celebrates hustling and highlights how working hard pays off. In a world that’s become obsessed with instant gratification, it’s nice to be reminded about the joys of the chase. There is so much to learn on the bumpy road to your dreams.”
Those who are like her and are still on their So Worth It journey can learn a thing or two from Pam. For those who feel like they have a long way to go, Pam shares, “You are not alone. There are many of us who are going through what you are going through and just like we are surviving, you will too. And more than survive, you can thrive. You can be depressed and still live a full life. You are surrounded by people who want to be there for you, who want to help, if you let them. You have many weapons against depression. Mental illness is not something to be ashamed of and asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It’s not your fault. I promise, things can and will get better.”
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