Within 48 hours, the world was struck by two shocking suicides – Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Two brilliant minds. Two incredible people who made a true difference. Two lives gone in an instant, seemingly without warning. Depression is silent and SO deadly. I would know. I’ve been suffering from depression since I was about 17 years old. I was diagnosed way back then and have experienced different forms of treatment. In the past I’ve opened up about my depression, because I feel like being honest may help someone else. I’d like to continue sharing my story, because I’m not ashamed. And if you suffer from mental illness, you shouldn’t be either.
Depression sucks. Depression really, really sucks. How do I know? I have clinical depression. It runs in my family and unfortunately it’s just one of those things that I was (insert sarcasm) lucky to inherit. Depression is something we don’t talk about enough. People hear the word and they think “Oh my God. That’s so bad. We can’t talk about depression! How DEPRESSING!” Well, okay. That makes zero sense. With all of the social media and internet capabilities in our hands today, it’s my belief that those of us who have suffered from depression should speak out about the struggle and what helps us cope. For me, it’s my dogs.