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,