Mental Health

Managing Mental Illness – Will I ever truly be well?

Mental illness is a shit-show. To combat it, one must always be on the look out, watching for signs and symptoms of recurrence. When detected, one must pull out the big guns, as it were - the weapons of learned coping skills , methodologies, medications, and support team - with the constant hope that thusly… Continue reading Managing Mental Illness – Will I ever truly be well?

Depression, Mental Health

#Depression knocks me on my ass!

It still surprises me that after all these years battling depression, it can still knock me on my ass! It's frustrating and exhausting. But, it shouldn't be surprising. Not really. Dealing with depression symptoms - something I've done for almost 20 years - is like playing the same crappy computer game over and over, and… Continue reading #Depression knocks me on my ass!

Mental Health

It’s #MentalIllnessAwarenessWeek in Canada – Many still suffer in silence.

The difference in awareness of mental illness now as compared to even three years ago is astounding. Social media helps a great deal in spreading awareness. I follow several mental health-related handles on Twitter including CAMH, Elephant in the Room, and┬áMental Health Platform, to name a few. They have been and continue to be great… Continue reading It’s #MentalIllnessAwarenessWeek in Canada – Many still suffer in silence.

Anxiety, Depression

Surviving Depression – Help a Friend

I am recovering from depression. What I mean by this is that my chronic depression is well managed and provided I stay on┬ámy medication, I will remain in recovery. Having had three major depressive episodes over the past thirteen year, I'm in a very unique position. I have lived through deep depression, gotten very close… Continue reading Surviving Depression – Help a Friend