This page is a draft. More coming soon.
If you have depression, I hope you can find help and encouragement here.
If you know someone with depression, I hope you can learn to understand them better here.
If you love someone with depression, I hope you can see what they’re going through and how you can help them here.
Welcome to my head.
I think better on paper.
Always have. (I am a writer, after all.) My thoughts always make more sense written down than spoken out loud – or even in my head.
Hence the blog. It’s a space where I can process what’s happening to me and share what I’ve learned – and what I still need to learn. And it’s also a space where we can talk about mental health and learn from each other.
I keep wondering: Should I talk about it?
There’s still a part of me that denies I have the right to be depressed. Even with the sheet of paper that says “Diagnosis: Major Depression,” I still don’t feel like I have any right to talk about it. It’s not as bad as some people’s. I’ve only been hospitalized once (kinda-voluntarily) and I never actually tried to kill myself.
But silencing myself isn’t going to help me or anyone else. And by sharing what’s happening to me and what I’ve discovered, maybe I can help you, too.
I’ve had at least mild depression as long as I can remember. But when I moved away to college in August 2014, it started getting worse. A lot worse.
In November 2015 a friend, afraid I was going to kill myself, gave me a choice: Either I would let him check me into the local behavioral health center, or he was calling the police. (And honestly, I probably would have killed myself that night.) I spent the next six days in the psych ward, and it was one of the best experiences of my life.
It’s one thing for a friend to tell you to take care of yourself – it’s another thing to hear it from a psychologist in a psych ward. That week, I made the decision that I was going to own my mental and emotional health.
Yes, I have depression. But I’m tired of letting it keep me from living.
I’d love to keep in touch with you.
Lots of exciting stuff is going to be happening here, and I’d love it if we could learn from each other on this journey.
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