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!