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.


My friend is still facing the stigma attached to being mentally ill

I know exactly how my friend Samantha* feels every time we meet.  It’s written all over her face.  My heart sinks every time I see her gorgeous, but sad, drawn face.  It’s the face that says ‘I’m not coping at the moment, I’m sad, I’m depressed’.   Equally my heart lifts every time I see her positive, happy, smiling face.  But I haven’t seen that face for a while.  I sometimes wonder if I’ll ever get to see it again. 

Sharing the way I feel helps me to cope with depression

It’s a lonely old thing this depression malarkey.

Having suffered various degrees of depression over the years I find myself at the age of 51 doggedly fighting what is the most profound and desperate black time I have encountered. I continue to function - at work, at home, and socially -but I am dogged by suicidal thoughts on a daily basis and have had some difficult nights where these thoughts have laid siege.

I am a mental health nurse and I have experienced mental health problems

As part of my job, I would encounter mental illness every time I went to work. I loved my job as a mental health nurse as I got to work with very vulnerable people and aid them in starting their recovery journey. I'd had my own mental health issues in the past and had spent the last 4 years on antidepressant medication to help with my low moods. I remained on antidepressants throughout my pregnancy to help stabilise my moods alongside my turbulent hormone levels. I wasn't fazed by it as I thought, as a mental health nurse, I could handle it. 
 

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