What do you do when the darkness comes?
What can you do?
I hid. I turned my phone off, I stayed in my bed, and shut out the world.
And I cried, alone, in the safety of my duvet. I cried for the pain to end.
And, then, when I could breathe again, when I could see again, I wrote it all down.
Understanding myself in the darkness
Growing up pre-2000 meant I was at a disadvantage when it came to understanding mental health at the level we do today.
The bulk of this work was written in my final years of depression, and takes a hard look at living with depression. I explore the darker times, the effects on friends and family, the personal tolls on one's physical and mental health, the inability to function in society, and, of course, both methods I've used to cope and heal.
This book will take you on a journey as I explore why I was broken, my steady uncovering of what depression was and how it played out in my childhood and adulthood, and my trial and error methods to finding relief and support and healing.