First and foremost, to all who lost a father, a grandfather, or a father-like figure – my heart goes out to you. I hope this past Father’s Day was a day of remembrance and not a day of pain. Holidays are hard for us who grieve. It begs the question…will it ever get better?
Written by Jan, a guest writer
I was born paralyzed from the knee down and with other nerve damage. Depression for me came about in high school, but I believe it was more situational for me than for others. For me, I was often down because of things I couldn’t do. Continue reading Face the Mirror
I won’t do a disservice to those who have lived with chronic pain for years by putting myself in the same category. I haven’t received an official diagnosis of “chronic pain” due to a life-threatening or non-curable disease. I have experienced medication-resistant pain for years though.
The problem with pain is that it is so outside of our control. Continue reading Being in Pain Sucks
Hello depression. It’s been a while since you’ve reared your ugly head. I know you’re there, I can feel your presence.
I can feel the way you push my buttons, the way you force sadness unto me. You don’t like it when I see what you’re doing, but you enjoy that I can’t stop you anyway.
Hello depression, there’s something I’d like to tell you. Continue reading Open Letter to My Depression
If I die today,
Would the last words I said be cold?
Would bitterness be what’s left for people to hold?
If I die today
Could you honestly say my life was the best?
Did I go after my dreams or live in unrest?
Hurricane Irma has recently passed Miami. Even bigger news is how the Caribbean is doing after Hurricane Maria. Compared to the damage Maria has caused, Irma seems like childplay. This post isn’t about the refugees or the politics behind the rescue efforts. Through this all, I started wondering how different people are affected by natural disasters. Namely, how does it affect depressed people?
All cards on the table, I work in insurance. During training, we learned the obvious things like what to say and how to fill out an application, but we also learned what are auto-declines and who can’t be insured. To my surprise, there were several mental disorders on there. Autism, anxiety, attention-deficit disorder, depression. Continue reading The Science of Depression