Working On Us – Week #6 – Depression

illustration of a brain encircled by the words mental health matters

This is week #6 of the Working On Us mental health prompts over at Beckie’s Mental Mess.  Have a look at her post for the guidelines on how to participate.  This week’s topic is depression.

Prompt #1 Questions:

  1. There are so many varieties of depression out there, such as Bipolar Depression, and (SAD) Seasonal Affective Disorder.  What type of depression do you suffer from, or have?   I have major depressive disorder.
  2. What do you do to fight your depression? (Meaning, therapy, medications, meditation, ECT).  Medications are the main part of my treatment, but I incorporate a number of different wellness strategies as well.  I’ve had ECT in the past and it’s been helpful, and if it was logistically feasible I’d probably be getting outpatient ECT now.
  3. Does anything help you, and if so… What?  ECT has helped in the past, but aside from that medications have been the only thing that’s had a clear benefit.  In the past meds were able to get my illness into full remission, but that’s no longer the case.  Various non-medication strategies have never had much of an impact, but I use them with the idea of trying to promote overall wellness rather than treat illness.  I’ve never had much luck personally with therapists, but I try to incorporate concepts from a few different therapy approaches into the work I’m doing on myself.


Prompt #2 Pictures: 

(I am posting 2 pictures to select from, out of the 2, please select one and tell us how it makes you feel.  Again, you can write in any format you see fit.)

artistic image of a tree glowing inside a dark cave

I chose to go with photo #1.  I see the dark cave as representing illness, but within the confines of the illness there’s something bright (i.e. the glowing tree).  For me that glowing tree is the online mental health community.  It’s something that I wouldn’t access without the darkness of the illness, but yet it’s something very bright.



book cover: Managing the Depression Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together by Ashley L. Peterson


My new book, Managing the Depression Puzzle takes a holistic, everything up to and including the kitchen sink look at how to put together the pieces of your unique depression puzzle. It’s available on Amazon and other online retailers, as well as the MH@H Store.


13 thoughts on “Working On Us – Week #6 – Depression”

  1. Ashley, I so appreciate you participating again this week!
    I’m curious… When you had your ECT, you say that you felt better, my question… Did you lose any memory during this process? Also, was it a psychiatrist that recommended this procedure or was it you that inquired to have this procedure done?
    I so respect and love your interpretation of Photo#1 – The Mental Health Community is a beacon of so much support and without it, I know I would be lost without it. I actually feel it serves a better purpose than my own therapy I get from my therapist.
    Great job!!!

    1. Yes, I did have memory loss when I had ECT. I first had it when I was in hospital, and I was psychotic and highly suicidal, so I wasn’t really in a position to make a choice. In general, though, I was already pro-ECT because of my work.

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