I haven’t written about my depression in a while, so for you new followers and visitors, let me bring you up to speed:
I was diagnosed with clinical depression several years ago. I was angry all the time, but I didn’t realize that was an outward manifestation of depression in men, until a therapist told me. And then, once I learned more about its symptoms, I thought, “WOW, I check a lot of these boxes!”
Didn’t mean I was crazy, mind you; that’s an old stigma that needs to be buried forever. Nobody with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or any other mental illness is a crazy person. He (or she) just lacks the necessary mental faculties, for any number of reasons, to safely navigate this life.
Anyway, with the help of a couple of good therapists and some medication, I’m doing better.
For the most part. There are still a few dark days, even fewer really dark days, and a lot of days of just, meh. But, without the medicine, I know I’d be worse.
The important thing is, I got help. If you think you may need help, too, please ask for it. Depression is a beast, and you’re likely not going to beat it on your own. I know us guys especially are reluctant to talk to anyone about things of this nature.
We just go kill ourselves, instead.
Let’s not let it come to that,okay? Help is available; here is a great place to go to find it.
If you want to learn more of my story, read my post from July 2016, “The .05 Cubic Foot Cell.” See if you identify.
I wish you well.