The first morning I awoke in the psychiatric hospital was surreal. That corner room on the thirteenth floor was the absolute last place I wanted to be. My plans to kill myself had been thwarted by a smart therapist who had forced me into inpatient treatment. I didn’t want to be there, so I assumed…… Continue reading Mental Hospitals Aren’t Scary
I stood backstage, my heart racing and my palms sweaty as I glanced over my notes. I was about to tell the majority of my college that I struggle with depression and self-harm. I was scared. I couldn’t believe I was actually about to tell everyone some of my darkest, most shameful secrets. But I…… Continue reading I Opened Up About Self-Harm To My Entire College. This Is What Happened.
I was on my way to an appointment, carpooling with my newfound friend, Karen. Today was my turn to drive and I was suddenly terribly nervous. I always play music when I drive and I usually just leave my iPhone on shuffle. What if one of those weird international songs comes on? What if it…… Continue reading You Do You Girl
Should I take anti-depressants? Should I go to therapy? Can’t I just manage my depesssion with lifestyle changes and natural supplements? These are the questions that everyone who suffers from depression must try to answer. It’s not easy. At one time I was more likely to suggest natural options. I’m still thankful to get information…… Continue reading To Take Psych Meds Or Not? That Is The Question
A year ago I went to our local shelter and adopted an adorable dog. I adopted him with the support of my therapists, in the hope that he would be helpful for my depression. That little mutt has proven himself to be just as beneficial as I had hoped and of vital importance to my…… Continue reading 5 Ways A Dog Helps My Depression
I’m just going to say it. I have major depression, the clinical, needs medication kind. I’m pretty open about it and I freely tell my friends and family. Much of the time, they don’t know how to respond. I know it’s hard to know what to say. All the “what not to say” lists make it especially…… Continue reading The Best Thing To Say To Someone With Mental Illness
The goal of this post is to immerse my readers into how depression manifested in my life. This is not fiction, it was my life. This was my experience of depression in college, during some of the darkest moments of my life. I hope you can relate to it and that it helps you understand someone…… Continue reading A Day In The Life of Depression During College