Welcome to ‘Depression Getaway’.
My name is Wendy Love and I live with depression, or does it live with me? I am never really too sure….
I was diagnosed with clinical depression in 1996 and then that diagnosis was changed to bipolar disorder II in 2004. I understand what it is like to attempt to live a life that often does not seem worth living.
Eventually I had to close my small business. No work, no money, no purpose, but wait! I discovered something I can do no matter how I feel – write!
Writing is a natural outlet for this retired teacher. I taught for ten years in elementary schools and twelve years of adult art classes. As a self-employed artist I did the craft show circuit.
My most rewarding accomplishment was raising two daughters and sustaining one marriage for 24 years. I survived the break-up of that marriage and went on to courageously and happily marry again.
My years as a school teacher and an art teacher make blogging kind of fun for me. It is like my own little classroom (with quiet, well-behaved students!) and I can be as creative as I want.
Since I have trouble with most medications I have been forced to come up with other strategies for living with depression. It is a good thing I love research! Writing has become one of the many strategies that helps me survive living with this illness.
How will this blog help you?
You will feel less victimized and more empowered by gaining knowledge about depression.
You will be encouraged and inspired by my story and by others.
You will be equipped with new strategies to support you and make your life more manageable and your depression easier to bear.
I am blogging for depression. I am blogging for your depression and I am blogging for my depression! Writing is therapeutic for me and maybe you can get some of the ripple effects.
I have called this blog ‘Depression Getaway’ because that is what I hope I can share with you – a whole bunch of ways to get away from depression and to make it get away from you! I will share strategies that will allow you to get relief from depression for a moment, an hour, a day, a week, or even longer.
I plan to share how things such as laughter, sleep, exercise, faith, art, journaling, therapy, medication and more can be integrated into your depression recovery program in a positive way.
Depression is a terrible illness affecting every part of your life and I will never pretend it is not. But it is NOT hopeless. If you HAVE to be depressed, there is no better time than now. There are newer and better medications, a broadened public understanding and more research than ever before on ways that you can improve your chances of living a full life, even with depression.
If you would like to read some other things I have written, go to my first blog Wendalyn Loves to Write, which is filled with personal stories, or my second blog Dipsy Doodling Around Depression for some more insights about this illness. I am not posting there right now, but you might enjoy some of the articles.
Welcome to ‘Depression Getaway’!
I am so glad you stopped by today.
Join me and together we will live, share, laugh, care, learn, discover, forgive and recover!