When I first told the world I suffered from a major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, I miscalculated. I was angry at the time, and I didn’t realize it would actually have a positive impact on me and the people I represent.
The worst symptoms I’ve ever experienced weren’t the physical ones. The scariest sensations were in my mind, when it felt like my brain was tricking me, teasing me that I didn’t exist.
Many people don’t know how to provide comfort or respond appropriately in times of need or crisis. Instead of listening and taking the time to provide a constructive response, they jump to conclusions. They say the first thing that comes to mind.
I don’t “look” like I have depression because we are encouraged to carry on as best we can given the circumstances. I don’t have any outward signs of my condition but this doesn’t make it any less real.
Recently I met someone who was late for an appointment, as she worked in a jail which had been on lock-down because an inmate hanged himself. “Another person in solitary confinement,” she said.
This research study seeks depressed participants to test the effects of the combination of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and psychotherapy on brain function.
NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions.
When mental illness is present, the potential for crisis is never far from mind. Crisis episodes related to mental illness can feel incredibly overwhelming. There’s the initial shock, followed by a flood of questions—the most prominent of which is: “What can we do?”
It’s not impossible to maintain relationships and luckily, I have some good friends and family. But there have been times in my life when I’ve had no one because people didn’t understand or didn’t want to take the time to understand. The only way out of the hole of loneliness with mental illness is understanding from others.