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…

A day in the life…..

No two days are the same in my world of depression, bipolar and general anxiety disorder.  In any one day I can go through many different extremes from complete exhaustion that no amount of sleep can cure, depression that swallows me up like the ocean, anxiety that leaves me on tender hooks, and mania that…

The role our story plays in defining us…..

“It was only when I was ready to give up every story I ever believed about myself that I remembered that I am, and have always been, here as a whole, no matter what my mind or body may be experiencing. It is as if stories of being broken make us feel special for being…

My commitment to Mental Health

“I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2014 Project. I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others. By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health. I use this promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.” I was…

When anxiety hits…..

Along with severe depression, and Bipolar Disorder I have General Anxiety Disorder. Good old anxiety generated from the ‘flight or fight’ response, which way back when there were people living in caves it was a response to fear or threat. So in this day and age most anxiety is a result of us fearing something…

Happiness #2

Mihaly Csikszentimihaly (1990) writes that “the best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times……the best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limit in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” I previously wrote that to be happy we need to enhance our…

A special Merry Christmas

To all my dedicated and supportive readers, have a very special Merry Christmas. During this festive time we need to remember how hard this time of year can be for those suffering from depression. For some with a mental illness it means this time of year is unfortunately times of very intense emotions, including sadness,…

Depression has made me who I am…..

I often wonder where I would be, who I would be if I didn’t have depression, if depression hadn’t affected nearly all aspects of my life. Would I have found love differently in the beginning, that didnt result in so much physical and mental abuse, would I still have my family around me instead of…

One step forward in combating social anxiety…..

People don’t think that your absence from something is because you suffer from social anxiety. Often the reaction is negative. I guess though it is like severe depression, and other mental illnesses, if you don’t openly talk about it, which none of us do, then nobody knows the real reasons why you didn’t turn up.…