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.


It should be 'normal' to talk about schizophrenia

You say "schizophrenia", and people think of someone in food-stained clothes, running around wielding an axe, muttering to themselves. Say "depression", and they think of someone flung in bed with the curtains drawn, sobbing about everything.

You tell them you're a writer, let them experience your dry wit, show them photos of your dogs, talk about 80s rock music, and they think you're "normal."

Depression and anxiety are real, not an excuse

I'm 21 and starting my third year of university, though technically as I took a year out because of my illness, I am still a second year. I couldn't wait to move out of my home for first year so I could have so well-earned freedom. Throw a mental illness into the mix when you come home for the summer after this utter high of a year, and your life is turned upside down. From here, I first experienced stigma and discrimination.

People with mental illness are brave

One of the great things about social media is having an unexpected, online chat at stupid o'clock at night, with a friend who lives many miles away.

The conversation turned to my early stage breast cancer diagnosis. “You're so brave,” my old friend wrote on Facebook messenger.

I've heard this several times, since my diagnosis earlier this year. It, and variations on that theme.

Be a true friend to someone with depression

Admitting depression is an illness and not something that's my fault in some way or another is a hard thing to admit to yourself. After all who really wants to admit they're ill with something that's all in your head. Cancer is a different matter, people can see 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!

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