I am, at the time of writing this page (November 2012) a 38 year old guy living in Yorkshire, England. I was first diagnosed with depression in my early 20’s but had shown the signs for many years prior to this, right back to my early schooldays according to my long suffering mum.
I want to talk about depression and how it’s affected my life, but I don’t want to be all doom and gloom, quite the opposite! I have a lot to be thankful for and whilst life is sometimes a struggle to be led minute to minute, I absolutely refuse to let my Black Dog get the better of me. I will try and share what I have learned about living through depression and how to live with something that never goes away but no one can see.
Some days I win, some days I come off decidedly second best, but generally the ups are more common than the downs, and that will do me.
I want to talk about living with depression in a positive way. It is possible to have a very productive and generally happy life whilst suffering from what can be an incredibly debilitating sickness of the mind (or brain, depending on which doctor you talk to).
I am also using this blog as a creative outlet. I write poetry and have done for as long as I can remember. It’s good therapy and occupies the mind. Despite being a confirmed atheist, I do suspect there is something “other” that leaks through and inspires us from time to time, and I will share the outcomes here.
I do hope someone reads this, and I hope that it strikes a chord and that someone, somewhere can take heart and just maybe start to live more effectively and get a few more moments of happiness.