About Depression

In my last post, I started talking about therapy. In this post, I’ll bring up the topic of depression.

When I was 18, I was diagnosed as having an “affective disorder”. Another way of saying that is “mood disorder”. What does that mean? I think it means that I have a hard time staying on an even keel without a little medication. Or a lot of talk therapy. I have been managing my complicated life (aren’t all our lives complicated these days?) for many years now.

The good news is that I have gone from feeling very, very, very down and depressed to feeling OK. So if you or someone you know suffers from depression or mood swings, help is available. And my story isn’t the same as your story. We’re all unique in how we experience life.

On a whim, I Googled “Jewish depression anger blog therapy” to see if there are other Jewish bloggers discussing depression. And related topics. Some of my posts came out on top. Not what I wanted to see! Makes me feel alienated, like I’m the only one discussing these topics. One of Rivka’s posts came up: When three out of four IS bad. If you read Rivka’s latest post, you’ll learn that she is doing much better; some adjustment of her meds has helped a lot.

Some of therapydoc’s posts showed up. Her blog, Everyone Needs Therapy, is a good place to start if you are new to this therapy thing.

Dr. Helen has an interesting post called “Do Men and Women Express Depression Differently?”

Daniel Saunders talks openly on his blog about depression. For whatever reason, his posts don’t show up in Google. Does Google not spider Live Journal posts?

Finally, there’s Yoni‘s blog. Those of us that read Yoni’s blog have a hard time helping him. Many commenters urge him to get a therapist. You can only help someone so much.

I hope my writing all this might help someone. I think it’s helping me, at least.

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6 thoughts on “About Depression

  • Well, my dear, important post. And don’t you think that sometimes we should be blogging “on a couch?”

    I’ve started the May KCC. I hate being under pressure.

  • Thanks, Batya. Assuming August KCC goes well for me, I’ll volunteer for another month in the fall.

    Why do I feel like when I write these difficult posts than no one is going to like me if I tell the truth? I know, another thing to talk about with my therapist. Like I haven’t already.

  • Thanks for the link.

    I don’t write about anger much, which might be why I didn’t show up on your search. I looked for ‘Jewish depression blog therapy’ without ‘anger’ and I appeared on that.

    Also, if you want to find blogs, it might be better to do a blog search.

  • Good point on using blog search, Daniel. I still couldn’t find you without the “anger” keyword. I finally did find you in Blog Search with this: “daniel saunders depression”. We’ll just have to keep linking to you so you’ll up your Google Ranking and show up higher.

  • Thank you for the update on Rivka; I used to read her bog and then the blogging stopped so I dropped in less and less regularly. I did not know she was better.

    “Why do I feel like when I write these difficult posts than no one is going to like me if I tell the truth?”
    Telling other people about our weaknesses is never easy.

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