Depression: personal blogs and stories

The following blog posts are written by people with personal experience of depression. By talking openly, our bloggers hope to increase understanding around mental health, break stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that – like physical health – affects us all.


What can you do to help someone with anxiety or depression?

Normally stuff like this is written by a doctor or someone that has the ability to tell you with fancy words what anxiety and depression are, and how it affects one functionality to preform daily tasks.

So if that is what you are looking for you will be sadly disappointed. As this is not about the theory of it but the reality. I am just your regular and average guy who works a retail job that struggles to get by.

Male pride prevented me from opening up about depression

For some inexplicable reason, I decided one day to withdraw from everything in my life. At the time, I was studying abroad at university in Bremen, Germany. Instead of going to lectures, I retreated into a cocoon of duvets and a world of fantasy limited to the confines of my bedroom. I shut out the outside world and ignored all calls from friends and family. The only time I went out was late at night to the nearby convenience store to buy a bottle of coke or beer. The shopkeeper noticed my gradual deterioration and asked me if I was alright. The misery etched in my face was very apparent.

My friends struggled to come to terms with my mental illness

During my final year at university, I was aged 20, and finally asked for help from my GP. In the words of my younger brother, I’ve always been a bit ‘quirky’. I have a hard time processing emotion sometimes, and I’ve plummeted from inescapable lows to strange highs in a matter of days since my teenage years.

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