For the longest time, I ignored the fact that I was depressed and coped in ways that were self-destructive. Many people who battle mental health issues often turn to things like drugs, alcohol and abusive relationships because they think that is all they deserve.
As someone who is depressed, I understand how difficult it is to think that life can get better and that there may be a time when you don't feel complete sadness on a daily basis.
Some time ago now, I made a choice to cope with my depression by writing about it. Below, is a glimpse into that journey.
If you suffer from depression, I hope these pieces help you to feel less alone. If you don't, I hope that these pieces help you to understand a little more of what people like me go through.
At the time, I was terrified to share what I was going through. Having battled depression since I was a teenager, I was really good at hiding my issues from everyone. There is an element of shame attached to feeling mentally unhealthy because some people cannot fathom that something they cannot see can cause so much damage and debilitating pain.
Seeking psychiatric help was a fear-inducing process, but writing about it was so much more scary. The good news is that writing about it was freeing and therapeutic. My favorite thing about this post was the positive feedback I received from readers who could empathize and the encouragement I received from those who believe me.
In this post, I talk about how a friend hurt me when she told me to "just get over" my sadness. This post is my response to her many years later.
This post details the circumstances of working a terrible job. I share the story of spiraling into a depression that was made worse by unemployment.
Here, I talk about how a dream I had about trying to climb a steep, slippery hill relates to my experience with depression.
In this guest post on Mom of the Year, I write about one of the scariest symptoms of depression--rage--and how it affected my relationship with my son.
What's your own experience with mental health issues?