Janet H-C

As a woman who has been dealing with debilitating depression for nearly 20 years, I have come to understand the ebbing and flowing of this illness. From depression to hope and back again. Over and over it goes—surviving ultimate despair and rediscovering joy. Wanting so desperately to end my life—and trying to make it happen several times—while discovering an abundance of happiness as a mom to an incredible daughter, as a wife to an amazing and supportive husband, and as a successful career woman when I’m well enough to pursue the writing and marketing I love. The pieces of my puzzle are of many colors, shapes and sizes, representing a vast variety of experiences and relationships. A couple of my psychiatrists have labeled my illness “treatment-resistant” while others have tried every medical treatment known. I’ve found the multi-faceted approach to my health the best—meds combined with weekly therapy and monthly maintenance ElectroConvulsiveTherapy (ECT) and, when motivated, accents of exercise, good nutrition and alcohol abstinence. Once I read the article, “What I Wish People Knew about Depression” on psychcentral.com, my intense feelings of being alone started to dissipate and the shimmers of hope I cherish began to relight my world. For the first time someone described exactly what it felt like to be depressed. Someone understood me! I feel the same sense of kinship and belonging reading these stories on the Bring Change 2 Mind web site. Let’s keep the discussion alive!

4 responses to “Janet H-C”

  1. Jocelyn S says:

    Thank you so much for your story! “Let’s keep the discussion alive!” is a wonderful motto that encompasses so much by saying very little!! I love it!! May your health continue to improve and steady and my your family remain steadfast and supportive!!

  2. Janise J says:

    thank you for sharing!

  3. MARYANN G. says:

    Your story is such a revelation of what I have been going thru now for over 30 yrs. One of the things that still haunts me is how the people closest to me cannot understand what I’ve gone through and the why….

    Thank u for your story, It was very encouraging!
    MG

  4. DIANE L. says:

    I WAS ENCOURAGED BY YOUR STORY AND COULD RELATE TO ALOT OF THINGS YOU SHARED. I AM ON AN HMO HAVE DEPRESSION AND SOME OCD. I DO NOT RECEIVE VERY GOOD CARE FOR MY ILLNESS. EVEN THOUGH MY SISTER AND DAUGHTER HAVE DEPRESSION THEY DO NOT SEEM TO UNDERSTAND HOW MY DEPRESSION AFFECTS MY LIFE. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR STORY. HOPE TO SHARE MINE ONE DAY. DIANE L.

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