Just call me a FAILURE!!

It is so easy when you have a mental illness to feel like a failure, its apart of the disease, its part of the crippling thinking……it is something that I have faced and felt for most of my life and continues to this very day.  In the last 9 or so months it has been…

A reflection on suicide on World Suicide Prevention Day…..

WARNING:  this post contains material that some may find upsetting and confronting, if you feel depressed and unsafe, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 Today, 10th September, is World Suicide Prevention Day, a day when many people around the globe promote their work towards prevnting thousands of deaths each year from suicide.  Many of…

The day from hell….yet I said for the first time “I love life”

Today I had a challenging day…. I left for work in the dark, got home in the dark. I left and it was 9 degrees with 120 kilometre winds and it was absolutely pouring with rain. I got to the train station and was literally battling to stay up right and not taking off like…

Somewhat ‘content’….

It has been awhile since I wrote. I have been in a strange place that I haven’t been use too. This place has been a place where for the first time in a very long time I have felt ‘content’, somewhat happy. Well I think that is what I am feeling or where I am…

Nobody Can See Or Feel What It Is Like For Me……

I don’t often talk about the whole spectrum of my illness.  More often I talk about severe depression and how it impacts on my life constantly.  I don’t talk much about my Bipolar disorder, I guess because I don’t see my manic highs as much of an issue as the other spectrum, the depression, the…

Depression, the secret we share…..Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon is a writer of politics, culture and psychology and is known for his 2001 book The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, which won the 2001 National Book Award and more recently his 2012 book, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity. In his talk Depression, the secret we…

Having Depression Is As Busy As A Second Job

As part of my attempt to recover from depression and return to a relatively ‘normal’ life meant returning to work.  The employment market meant there was no jobs part time nor any that were within half an hour from home so I started full time work over an hour from home, which places extra stress…