Personal Stories

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Why Me?

I checked myself into the hospital for the first time and I was scared. I didn’t know what to expect. Everything that is seen in the media about mental illness is frightening.

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The Struggle is Real

I am touched by these conditions which are both a curse and a blessing. The blessing is the empathy it has taught me. The curse is the pain it has caused and will continue to cause.

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Suffering in Silence

Although this battle with depression will be something I have to endure for the rest of my life, I refuse to let the stigma affect me.

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I Wish You Knew

I wish you wouldn’t look at me differently when you know. I also wish everyone would stop using OCD and depression as words to describe how clean someone is or how sad you feel today.

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Both Sides of the Couch

I am a psychiatrist. I am also a psychiatric patient. I have bipolar disorder and find myself on both sides of the psychiatric couch.

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An Ocean of Sadness

People ask me what living with depression is like. I don’t know how to verbalize it other than to say, it’s like slowly drowning in an ocean of sadness.

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Kelsey's Story

Depression doesn’t have cure. It isn’t something that you can snap out of regardless of how many times people insist that you can.

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A Letter to Someone Who Doesn't Understand

Aspects of my personality left me susceptible to BPD. It’s not something that be cured. There’s no pill to treat it. The meds I take, however, help with the symptoms.

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Help Yourself and Help Others

After having my son, I developed what I know now was postpartum depression. I felt worthless, hopeless and again had thoughts of suicide.

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Ben's Story

I am learning how to tune out the lies that depression tries to make me believe. I am bigger than depression. I am better than depression. And yes, people would miss me if I were gone.

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