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.

I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth...about depression

Chloe blogs about her depression For me feeling depressed is many things; extreme low mood, insomnia. It strips away my ability to function normally, takes away my ability to concentrate and steals all the pleasure from my life.

Coming from an Asian background most people my age suffer in silence, but it doesn’t have to be that way

Where to begin? I started to notice my mood changing and feeling more down during my final year of university in 2011-12. Savan There were so many factors that caused it - especially the pressure of doing my dissertation and looking for a job even before graduating. I also have a learning disability in the form of Dyslexia so things were much harder than they seemed at the time.

Talking about depression, raising awareness - we can beat this. I know I am!

For as long as I remember I have been different, but maybe back then I didn't realise how much of an effect it would have on me as I got older. I'd say the realisation came in middle school; everyone seemed so care free, so happy and confident, but behind my fake smile and popular group of friends I was battling mentally.

Mental health discrimination is something I never dreamed of facing, but I am not afraid to talk about my depression

In March 2014, I applied for Cabin Crew with Emirates Airline. I was shortlisted from thousands of people, and battled my way to the final interview. It was the most exhausting week I had experienced in a very long time. After waiting 4 weeks, I received my ‘golden call’ and the recruiter told me that I’d been successful and would be starting with them on July 6.


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