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.