Blog Profiles: Blogging About Depression

Blog Profiles: Living with Depression

Welcome to Blog Profiles. Each week, PR Newswire media relations manager Christine Cube selects an industry or subject and a handful of sites that do a good job with promoting, contributing, and blogging about the space. While Christine is on maternity leave, Mary Johnson will be filling in. Do you have a blog that deserves recognition? Tell us why on PR Newswire for Bloggers.

Nearly a quarter of Americans still consider depression a sign of personal weakness,” and it has been estimated that up to 50% of people suffering from depression are not currently receiving treatment.

Depression is not battled like cancer with a host of people cheering you on and encouraging you to come through to the other side in remission. Mental Illness is battled silently, in the darkest corners of your mind and with a small support system of trusted friends and family who will not share your secret.

Even with a support system, it is impossible to not feel alone when they don’t understand that it is not a matter of just feeling happy.

Here are some brave bloggers who share their personal journeys of life with depression.

Moosh in Indy is written by Casey Mullins who came to Indianapolis from Utah. She writes about depression but also her family, their travels and life in Indy.

The first post I read from Casey was The Importance of Being Able to Speak Our Crazy Out Loud. This is the post that spoke to me the most, because if you can trust someone to share your crazy with, life is so much easier.

She is open about her challenges and things that become less scary when you talk about them, especially when you have to talk to friends who you suspect may be hurting, or considering hurting themselves.

Casey’s blog focuses on the positives of life and family and that there is a full and wonderful life to be had even if you happen to take medication. Just don’t make the mistake of asking her if she forgot her medication – mental health issues or not, we all have bad days.

Follow @mooshinindy on Twitter.

Douglas Cootey writes A Splintered Mind with lots of humor and attitude about overcoming the stigma associated with ADHD and depression.

Ever wonder what a call to a suicide prevention hotline would be like?  Douglas has wondered too and has tips on how to use it as a viable resource if you or someone you know struggles with suicidal ideation or urges.

But, Do You Have What it Takes to be Helpful with Suicidal People? What if it is your own child or a stranger? Douglas shares his thoughts on using sensitivity and love, especially when dealing with children.

Personally, I found his article on journaling very helpful as well as how he manages his “mental health proactively,” with clear, concise tips to get through the bad days.

Follow @SplinteredMind on Twitter.

Daisies and Bruises, written by Erin, shares the pleasure and pain of life as well as how to find a way to live since death is not an option. There are bad days and good days but when she realized that her voice could help people, she started blogging.

Erin has recently won an Emmy for a series of videos on HealthiNation about how living with depression is for her. While sharing the great news, Erin writes that “depression still stole the daylight” that day though she had hope for a brighter future.

Coping While Your Therapist is on Vacation offers a plan for how to deal with this situation, and How to Stop Hurting Yourself offers sound ideas to learn to stop.

Erin is also an artist and a poet with an Etsy store.

Follow @daisiesnbruises on Twitter.

Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers is written by a married mom of two in Ireland trying to make sense of life with clinical depression and borderline personality disorder.

The author shares her journey with medication and therapy as well as the day she finally trusted her therapist.

Depression may feel like a solitary diagnosis, but the effects of this disease reach families and spouses. Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers encouraged her husband to write about what it’s like to live with someone with mental illness. His honesty about his fears, difficulties and even anger is raw but filled with love.

Follow @SunnyScattered on Twitter.

No matter what problems you are dealing with, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline wants to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

P.S. Ever wonder how we come up with ideas for our blog profiles? Our handy list of industries and subjects on PR Newswire for Journalists stays top of mind. If you’re a blogger or journalist looking for mental health-related news, let us know. We can customize a newsfeed for you on PR Newswire for Journalists.

Mary Johnson is the office manager in the PR Newswire Cleveland office. You can find her blogging at ineedaplaydate.com or oversharing on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter at @mryjhnsn.

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