"I can't explain why I was so affected, but it's a perfect example of the person I am. I'd never even met the turkeys.."
My depression began when I was nine years old after a series of traumatic events. I had always been a happy child who loved people, but everything… Read more "Reader Poll: At What Age Did the Depression Begin?"
"I'll be accepting any type of submission you can think of that tells your story, or even a part of it. Perhaps a picture that encompasses your depression or a certain period in your life, a written story, a homemade video..."
"... I believe that something I call "Mental Health Predictive Maintenance" is extremely important for easing and preventing depression...
"But he insisted. And I told him no. So he gave me an ultimatum."
"When I looked up at the TV again I was stunned to see the boy had put on makeup while wearing women's clothing. It was a YouTube Music ad. I was actually elated to see how YouTube Music humanized this person because they exist all over the world."
"I was made to feel ashamed of using my own medicine so I tossed and turned 'til 4am. My cat gets hungry at 4:30am. The next day I went about my usual business, but remained unmedicated. It felt like walking through fog. I had no real inspiration to do anything."
"One evening when I was 16, my parents were away and I received a call on the house line asking for them. An intelligent teenager, I didn't say my parents were away and instead asked the identity of the caller. It was a family member of my half-brother, and I knew such an unprecedented call would be important so I told her I'd get my sister for her. Then, concerned, I asked her if he's OK and she said simply, "No...""
"I felt the spindly fingers of depression reach up and coil around my legs getting ready to pull me down, but I refused and kicked them off...So I'm telling you it's perfectly possible to be in control of your own mental health to some degree."
"I've always appreciated animals and nature, and the White Mountains in New Hampshire has become one of my favorite spots in the world. I've been going up there since I was 18 years old and still spend a lot of time there throughout the year."
"...I started noticing that he tweeted me relatively often - and that he was kinda funny on occasion. At some point I realized that he's actually the screenwriter of the movie National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jon Lovitz, and Emilio Estevez..."
Ok. I surrender. My white flag has been raised, and I am going to make a therapy appointment. I have just spontaneously cried into my bong for…… Read more “Depression and Therapy: Making the Appointment”
“I suppose when you find yourself frequently envisioning what you’d talk about at your first therapy appointment, it’s probably time to look for a therapist.”
And it is so incredibly fucking dark down here.