2 thoughts on “the “face” of depression

  1. Thank you for such a wonderful post! There are indeed many misconceptions about mental illness. I suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts all my life, and it took a 4 day stay in the psychiatric ward of a local hospital to figure out that I am Bi-polar. I was very close to making my dreams of suicide come true last September, and it lead me to a complete breakdown in a rest area off the highway. Now with medication and a good support team (including my partner) I am much healthier and happier.

    I wrote a post about it some time ago if you would like to read it: http://tinfoilhatman45.wordpress.com/2010/10/07/a-father-and-son-disorder-bi-polar-opposites/

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    • Thanks for sharing your personal experience. I don’t know how you managed to pull yourself back from the edge, but I’m happy you did. You’ve much to give, as I’ve been able to discern from your writing.

      I often wonder if those with heightened intelligence and creativity are more easily given to depression and mental illness. Being so aware and so sensitive to the environment, this group seems open to absorbing so much that is good and bad in society. Somehow, the latter tends to linger on, while the former is more fleeting.

      I’m certain I’ve suffered depression all my life because of “personal baggage” I’ve lugged around since childhood. But as I mentioned in the post, at 61 years of age I’ve had the benefit of more than half-a-century’s worth of experiences to prop me up when my spirits dip.

      Surround yourself with positive influences, including people. Don’t let anything or anyone drag you down. You’ve a right to be here just like anyonelse. So go out and celebrate that right. You’re a good person, deserving of a good life. Live your best one!

      hugs…hugmamma. 😉

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hugs for sharing some brief thoughts...and keeping them positive

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