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.


Surviving depression with support from my friends

Just because you can't see or feel it doesn't mean it don't exist. Depression is a silent killer.

I'm 26 and suffered with mental illness most of my life, mainly with OCD which took over my life at times and mild depression where I was able to cope with it until just under two years ago when it all changed.

Admitting depression to yourself is a hard thing to do

Admitting depression is an illness and not something that's my fault in some way or another is hard. After all who really wants to admit they're ill with something that's all in your head. With most illnesses, it’s a different matter, people can see it, they understand it - people are sympathetic. People don't understand depression, they just think it's just something you need to get over and cheer up. Life can't be that bad, surely!

You can be a man and still be open about your mental health

Suicide in men is one of the greatest problems of our time and yet one of the least talked about topics. What many don’t realise is that suicide is the leading cause of death in men under 50 despite the fact twice as many women get diagnosed with depression. Just have a little think about those two facts for a few seconds. It’s not cancer, or road accidents, or some other topic the media loves to run with like global warming that is killing men, it’s suicide.

When I was diagnosed with generalised anxiety, I needed the people around me

A stigma (by definition) ‘is a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.’ Sounds horrible, doesn’t it? Try living with the attachment of a stigma. The feeling of being a disgrace…doesn’t exactly sound pleasant, does it? Well, right now you are surrounded by friends and family, all who will have gone through a rough patch at some point in their lives. But what if it’s not a point?

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