A week ago I was moved to write about my depression issues on my personal blog. The response was incredible in that it was the most read post ever on my blog, but I also received plenty of support and thank yous not only on my blog but also on social media and via e-mail. I even got a few comments in person. I was touched, and I felt like I was making a difference in people’s lives by writing about my issues. I was giving them a voice, reminding them they are not alone. Some even told me they felt more brave to talk about their issues because I had. I cannot say how that makes me feel since I don’t think of myself as brave.
For a few months I have pondered writing a book about depression, and the response to my blog post proved to me I need to move forward with it. My plans are to devote a chapter to a person who is struggling with depression yet is surviving. They’re your neighbors, co-workers and others you run into every day. We live full lives despite our struggles, and I want to give a voice to those stories. And the response to my blog post made me decide I do need to move forward with the project and stop procrastinating.
I decided to start this blog in part to detail the course of this book because it will be a journey for me just as much as it’s a journey for my eventual readers. I have to confront my own issues as I take this on in addition to working with some really great people who have similar problems.
But this blog also is a place for me to voice what’s going on in my life as I struggle with depression. I’ve been on and then off and then back on medication for about a decade. I’ve never talked about these things openly because of the stigma. But I’ve been so moved I feel I need to give not only myself but others like me a voice, a place to educate and break the stigma.
If you want to be involved in my book project, I’d love to hear from you. Send me an e-mail at jenconnic (at) gmail.com. Or if you just need someone to talk with, you can send me a note too. You are not alone, and sometimes you just need to be reminded of it.