Not Yo Momma’s Depression by Chrystal Getz

Chrystal contacted me a few months ago about reprinting my piece about the first time I ran on the C25K program and we've been in touch since then. She is a wonderful, inspirational writer and I encourage you to check out her blogs listed below. But I am, as always, honored that she would share her story about dealing with depression here. Thanks Chrystal!++++++++++++++++People like to wrap depression up in a neat, tidy little box. Inside the box are sadness, tears, and perhaps some suicidal thoughts. But there's nothing neat or tidy about depression. It comes in many shapes, forms, and sizes. It can be something you just "have" or something that is brought on by an event or series of events. There are many different faces of depression. This is mine.I can feel the darkness moving in … [Read more...]

Contrast

Depression words:failurerejectednumbfrustratedhauntedsuicidalmanipulatedworthlessdarkinadequatecoldoverwhelmedhijackedCommunity words:capablesafeblessedvaluableforgiveneffectivepeacehopestrengthbeautifuluniquemeaningfullovedThe contrast of living with depression alone and sharing your struggle with someone else is stark. For the stories where these words appear, check out the Not Alone book. … [Read more...]

Living for Eternity?

This weekend Jason and I finally got around to watching The Invention of Lying with Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner. I know it's weird to talk about a movie that's two years old, but it really spurned some interesting conversation around our house.A brief synopsis for those who haven't seen it. Basically, Mark Bellison (played by Gervais) lives in a world where no one lies. They simply tell the plain truth always. For the writers of this movie, this also means no religion either. One can look at it as calling religion fiction, or simply that it's not something that we can KNOW, but regardless, for a long time in the film, there is no religion. When Mark sees the fear that his mother has about dying, he makes up the idea of a heaven-type place (eternity of happiness with those you love) … [Read more...]

You Are Not Alone

I stumbled across Tamara on Twitter not terribly long ago and it took almost no time to realize that we were totally kindred spirits. She writes a fantastic blog, is dead funny and makes me laugh almost constantly. I'm crazy blessed to have her in my virtual village and I'm honored to have her as a guest poster today. If you're interested in sharing your story, you can send me an email.photo © 2008 Lawrence Murray | more info (via: Wylio)I've only just begun it, but I can already tell you: Writing about depression is hard. Writing about my faltering faith, my personality defects, my physical flaws, my parenting struggles-- that's easy. That's stuff everyone goes through; I know I'm not alone. But Depression is a sinister demon, and it's a damn good liar, and it loves to whisper, … [Read more...]

Through the Mirror Dimly

I've known today's contributor my whole life, as Megan is my sister. I'm so honored that she would share her story here. Megan is a really phenomenal woman, and it is a joy and privilege to have her in my life. If you'd like to share your story, you can send me an email. Before I begin to tell my story I feel the need to make a few disclaimers.  What I don’t know about depression far outweighs what I do know.  Everything I thought I knew about depression changed drastically when I actually experienced it.photo © 2008 Viktoria | more info (via: Wylio)The second of those two disclaimers is where I believe a lot of confusion exists. People who have not experienced depression or anxiety often have a lot of misunderstanding, confusion and judgment about the kind of … [Read more...]

Getting Better: Running to Find Myself

Mile 1I stepped onto the front porch in my sweat pants and slightly tight T-shirt that clung uncomfortably to my pudgy torso.  It was unseasonably warm outside for an October afternoon. The sun was out, the sky was blue, and it was a gorgeous day.  And I felt worse than I'd ever felt in my entire life.  I stepped off the porch and set my foot to the pavement for the first time in over 15 years, determined to run as far and as fast as I could. If I couldn't run from my problems metaphorically, I'd run from them physically and in the process, hopefully do something good for myself. Hopefully.  As I took my first stiff steps down the sidewalk, I let my mind wander in an attempt to recover.photo © 2010 iyasser .com | more info (via: Wylio)I couldn't believe it. The worst … [Read more...]