Jon D

My story is as horrible as they come.

I have led a “successful” life, doing well in school, sports, etc. I am 44 yrs old. I was Top Ten in my college class, was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds, and have had a great professional career.

I have struggled with depression/anxiety/OCD my whole life. I first got treated at age 29, after having to take a leave from work and becoming suicidal. I spent my 30’s in “remission”. Something happened at the age of 40 and my existing meds stopped working….I went into a horrible tailspin that resulted in being hospitalized for over a year (with a few times out). They could not find the right drug and I attempted suicide several times, the most major attempt by driving my vehicle head on to a delivery truck at 60 mph each. Somehow I survived and finally got on a drug that worked, but it still is a daily struggle.

I commend Brandon Marshall, Wayne Brady, and others for helping SOOOO MUCH with the stigma of mental illness.

I am trying to find ways to help. I am considering writing a book someday.

Thank you for doing all you can to help others. The sign that says “People with Cancer don’t have to Explain” hits home so much. It’s a brain disease. People need to realize it.

Thanks so much,


2 responses to “Jon D”

  1. Louisa G says:

    PLEASE write a book. Share every detail about your journey. I guarantee you will save lives and give hope to many who suffer in silence & fear.
    Every story is unique. I am praying for your recovery to keep you safe. One day, one foot in front of the other & one deep breath at night to acknowledge your will to wake up the next day. Keep the faith & joy in your heart. God has a plan for you – give him the chance to show you the way!

  2. Justmom says:

    Keep trying. Everyday is a new day. I have the same things you describe and I try to look at each day as a new chance to do something or feel something different. Hang in there and thank you for making a difference in the world.

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