I've been thinking lately about my inability to maintain relationships with people. Depression has caused me to shut a lot of people out of my life. Mostly I haven't given it much thought, but it dawned on me that it has to do with a sense of brokenness. My illness makes it hard to be … Continue reading Brokenness
It's easy for me to focus on how my mental illness has affected me, but it has also profoundly affected my family, and that's something that perhaps I should give a bit more thought to. When I first became ill in 2007, I didn't say anything to my parents or brother, although my mom thought … Continue reading My mental illness is a member of the family
I spent Christmas with my family this year. It was a small gathering - just my parents, my brother, his fiancee, and me. Except it didn't feel small; it seemed like there were far too many people around. I haven't had a lot of contact with my family for some time now because of my … Continue reading Feeling like a stranger in my own family
Depression is a profoundly isolating illness, as many mental illnesses can be, and as my illness progresses in many ways I find myself evolving into a hermit of sorts.