My Lifelong Journey With Depression

August 25, 2014 6:30 PM

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My Lifelong Journey With Depression

My earliest memory of feeling hopelessly sad was when I was about 9 or 10 years old. I had severe asthma and had been in the pediatric intensive care unit with pneumonia. For weeks afterward, I was on a lot of medication. That is when I first remember feeling out of step with the world. For me, that feeling of alienation is the most pervasive and debilitating aspects of depression.

During my teenage years, I suffered from what is called major depression. I was hospitalized for seven months. I didn't want to leave the house and I flatly refused to go to school. I just wanted to curl up and reread all the books from my early childhood, as if they could deliver me to an earlier, ...

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