My journey to hell: How depression hijacked my soul, and how I finally wrenched it back.

This is an excellent, courageous article. Please read if you or a loved one is dealing with depression.

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An optimistic start

‘Life is 10% what happens to you, 90% how you react to it.’ (Charles R. Swindoll)

This is one of my favourite quotes and life philosophies. But what if you lose control over how you react to it?

Check phone. Again. Nope, he still hasn’t texted. Heart lurches, stomach flips and brain tries desperately to recall That Nice Thing He Said which means that He Definitely Will Text. It’s tough being an optimist, clinging onto those elusive gaps between the rain, and trying to ignore that you’re getting drenched.

But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I believe in life, and people, and the power of positivity. I appreciate how beautiful and precious life is and I walk around saying thank you for things – whether it be an amazing busker at a tube station or a fun weekend spent with friends. I appreciate how lucky…

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An introduction…

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Jenny Lawson Quote

After 30 years of denying that the major clinical depression that has periodically disrupted my life is anything more than a blip on the radar, I’ve finally decided to embrace the suck in order to integrate this into my life and deal with it in a more healthy, less compartmentalized manner.

I was inspired to begin this blog by Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess, who talks about her mental illness (and giant metal chickens and joyful taxidermy) in a hilarious blog and two (so far) books. I went to her book signing  for  Furiously Happy yesterday and she signed my book with #depressionlies — which is so true. So I decided to see if the URL was available and depressionlies.net was available, so here we are.

I hope to use this blog to help fight the lies that depression tells me and if you’re reading this because you or someone you love is being told lies by depression, I hope what I share here helps… however that manifests.

That being said, I will also be using this blog to post random weirdness that I need to get out of my head that may or may not have anything to do with depression but hopefully will be relatable and somewhat amusing, if not hilarious. I don’t think I’m hilarious. Funny? Maybe… Let’s just go with somewhat amusing and fun to watch.