Over the past few weeks I have been in the pit of depression, experiencing anxiety attacks on a rather frequent basis. I have a paper journal which I tend to note my more personal thoughts about this journey, but lately I have found it quite helpful to blog some of my feelings and thoughts, as confusing as they may be. Sadly, there is still a huge stigma attached not only to depression, but to mental illness in general. I know people who have refused to take time off work when they should have done so because of the stigma that would be attached to them, blocking career advancement. While we may think we live in an enlightened world, the sad truth is that when you battle mental illness, even something as common as depression, you not only feel like a marked person, you are, in fact, marked, stigmatized, and tarnished in the eyes of too many people. I believe that education is the only way to change the world when it comes to mental illness. It may take generations and I may not live to see the day when those of us who battle mental health issues are accepted as equals, but every blog on the Internet where people can share their own stories and experiences adds to the education of those who now treat us as lesser beings.
So, under this page I will list my day-by-day journey through this episode of depression. I am hoping that I won’t have to post too many more articles in this series, but it can take weeks or even months to emerge from depression. I would like to thank everyone who has read my posts and who follow this blog.