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.

Advice isn't always helpful if you're dealing with a mental health problem

I was diagnosed with depression in 2009 and anxiety soon followed. Having lost a 9 year relationship, several professional jobs and a number of friends due to the effects of the condition, I now consider it my most defining feature.

Small gestures made a huge difference to my recovery from depression

As many people may have noticed I have been absent from everything for the last 1 ½ years. This has not been a choice. I have been suffering from severe anxiety and depression.  Although only now it was formerly diagnosed, looking back I have realized I have been experiencing it on and off fot my whole life.  Not only has this been the worst time of my life but it has also been equally as hard for friends and family, who have had to witness things I would not wish upon anyone.


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