I know that my dad meant well and that the doctor who treated me was trying to be helpful. In retrospect though, they were clueless. I know now that dealing with anxiety is a lifelong challenge, and at least now I feel like I'm coming out of the fog and finally facing the monster.
This is a story about sandcastles, starfish, and redemption. I'm telling it to you because I was just back at the east coast and we all know that the coastline of the east is the quintessential place for sandcastles and starfish.
Robin Williams's death has saddened and shocked many of us, and as the many displays of mourning through social media indicate, Williams's death has deeply touched so many and brought to the fore much needed conversations about mental illness.
Depression is like being in the deepest abyss or cave, while above you, the light of the world goes on its merry way. Anxiety can range from a feeling of general nervousness to a full-blown panic attack. I hope that what I write about today will help others who also suffer from mental illness, as I do.
I don't know how my husband knew exactly what to do. I'm not even sure he knew what he was doing at the time. But when I look back on those dark months, I realize there were steps Dustin took that led to to the dark cloud lifting.
There are far too many loose guns floating around the United States of America. What are we doing? This is not the world our forefathers conceived wh...
When religion masks the fact that we will never truly know and understand God, that's when we land in trouble. When we think we know all the answers, that's when we are truly ignorant.
To my unpleasant surprise, I was told that I have to interview to substitute teach in the school district I've been working for the past five years. I...
Depression is manageable. But it's not always a walk in the park on a sunny spring day. Part of managing any challenge is to accept its demands. To live within its parameters.
According to the CDC, only 25 percent of people who suffer from mental health symptoms feel that people are caring and sympathetic toward people struggling with mental illness. If so many people are battling these issues, why should they be a secret?
Some day we will look back and wonder how we did not measure and treat depression, and other behavioral health disorders more effectively. We are on the transformation road now. It will be uphill and bumpy. So is all change.
In the wake of the tragic news about Robin Williams, it's crucial for those who struggle with depression to cling to hope and life and the knowledge that things will get better. By sharing our journeys, we can shine on a light on an affliction that affects so many of our fellow humans.
I've had my fair share of encounters dealing with people close to me struggling with the disease. When I hear of yet another suicide, it eerily hits home for me as I'm sure it does for countless others affected by a very dark reality that exists in our world today.
Depression is complicated. As a non-expert, I can only say what I know from my own experience. Depression can also be much more subtle. It can be tricky. Because you could look awfully normal and functional and funny and smiley even. But you are still, at your core, experiencing life differently than the non-affected person.
A big part of depression and anxiety is feeling isolated and disconnected from others, and it makes me feel better that I might not be the only one asking myself that question.
An old cherry tree sits just outside my bedroom window. For several seasons I've watched it blossom to life -- ripening with evergreen and fruit. I've...
I've taken this leap of faith and put myself out there publicly with my honest words, and I simply need to keep moving forward on this path. It's hard not to dwell on negative stuff that's happened though; when you have anxiety, you tend to dwell on the past and worry about the future instead of living in the moment.
I went to Wimbledon earlier this year and I was also lucky to have watched the bikers in the Tour De France cycle past me at an incredibly fast clip. ...
Typically, telephone hotlines have been promoted as a vital resource for youth who need to reach mental-health professionals. However, more young people than ever are using text messages and digital outlets to communicate. Shouldn't we meet them halfway?
At the time, I was able to "white knuckle" my way past panic disorder and push myself forward despite the discomfort. I only wish that someone had informed me that I was suffering from panic disorder and it is one of the most treatable mental health conditions.