I can’t remember the first time I felt depressed or exactly how depressed I was when I was diagnosed with depression at the age of 14. But what I do know is that over the years, my depression has gotten worse. 4 years after my initial diagnosis of depression, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder II and Major Depression. However, I don’t always “seem” depressed. You couldn’t pick me out of a crowd and say, “She looks really depressed.” It’s not that I'm trying to mask my depr
Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting over 16 million adults in the United States every year. Unfortunately, only 1/3 of those affected will seek help. One major reason why individuals may not seek help is the stigma that comes with the illness. Depression is highly misunderstood, and there are a lot of myths about the illness. Here are 8 common myths that should be debunked right away. 1. Depression and sadness are the same thing Depression and sad
Earlier today I tweeted out this: I received more than 100 responses from my fellow supporters ranging anywhere from the simple and straightforward “horrible” to more complex responses, each of which that describes the individual's own experience with depression in their own eyes. I composed a list of the first 50 responses I received to give those who don’t understand depression an idea of what it’s like to live with one of the world’s darkest and most misunderstood diseases
I was living in the dark for so long.
I hated it.
Man, I'm scared of the dang dark.
For a good portion of my adolescent life (I want to [embarrassingly] say between ages 7 and 17), I would check under my bed for a murderer. Every. Single. Night. I hated being alone in the dark (and I’m not going to lie, I still sleep with a stuffed animal- ask my roommate).
But I digress because this darkness I am referring to is not the 6 square feet underneath the mattress or the un