When the clouds lift

I think there’s a danger in writing a blog like this that it could become all too easy to focus on the negative. Depression is a difficult illness, that’s not in question. But, and this is so important to remember (I’m writing this to remind myself as much as anyone else), it doesn’t last forever. I’m going to say that again. It doesn’t last forever. Episodes come on, they’re horrible,…

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Acceptance

Among the many different and difficult challenges brought on by depression, is the challenge of acceptance. I struggled with this, quite literally, for years. No matter how many times I was told, no matter who told me, (among them quite a few people who know a whole lot more about the nature of depression than I do) I refused to accept that I had depression. I trotted out every excuse…

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Mind reading

One of the many, many joys of depression is that it often goes hand in hand with anxiety. As someone once put it to me, they’re two sides of the same coin. Me, well I guess I’m just lucky in that I get to experience both sides of this coin. While this blog is primarily about dealing with depression, for me anxiety has also played a huge part in that….

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What’s in a name?

I thought long and hard about the name for this blog. I wanted it to reflect where I’m at, as well as the nature of depression. I wanted it to be catchy. This blog is deeply personal for me, but I’m hopeful that it will also strike a chord with folk who may stumble across it. So it went through a few permutations. I started simple – Living with Depression….

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Wow

Today is the first day in my life as a blogger, and I have to say, I am completely overwhelmed by the veritable flood of positivity that is coming my way, I have literally not stopped smiling since I got up. And for someone with depression, this is a serious achievement!! It just goes to show how willing people are to do something to help, even if it’s something as…

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A leap of faith

So I’ve been thinking about starting this blog for at least the last two years, and have come up with many and varying reasons as to why I shouldn’t. I’m embarrassed. I’m ashamed. I’ve brought this on myself. I don’t want anyone to know. Why can’t I just cop on to myself and cheer up? Who would would want to read it? Depression isn’t really an illness……. I could keep…

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