I’ve had a hard time recently with my depression. But by blogging about it I’ve felt the support and comforting words of many. In some way, I felt better for getting my thoughts out there, however black and bleak they’ve been. Writing it all down and reading people’s comments on my posts and their experiences has definitely given me the strength to fight on.
Knowing you’re not alone is also sad in a way, as by blogging about it you find out just how many people suffer from this thing we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemy. I talk openly about mine, when it hits me, and have always felt that the more we talk about it the closer we are to eradicating any stigma associated with it but I understand this can be hard for some.
It’s been part of me at times but I know it doesn’t define me. I am a dad, a man, a friend and many other things. But when I’m depressed I often forget this and I can’t just snap out of it. I have to do things that will aid my recovery. Talk to professionals and seek the help that is out there. But depression can prevent you from thinking straight. It can pull the joy from a day, a week, a month or longer. It can make all seem black and suffocating and we all feel it and deal with it in different ways.
In this month’s round up I include posts from five dads and men on the subject of depression. All brilliant, brave and honest posts which detail the crippling feelings we’ve suffered from at times. If we’re to understand and deal with this illness, then posts like this will help us all.
Thanks for reading.
People Need People by @FreakinMerv
Scooby snacks for the black dog by @AspieChap
Depression by @DustandLove
Depression by @SaneDadBlog
Depression true story by @eddsnotdead