When You Know Your 'Good Days' Are Numbered

February 2, 2015 5:48 PM

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When You Know Your 'Good Days' Are Numbered

The first time I tasted and survived a depressive episode in 2011, I thought it was but one glitch in an otherwise emotionally healthy life. And then in the winter of 2012, it returned, and this time worse in manifold ways. Eight months later, I emerged stronger than before, declaring to myself and the world that I didn't fear a relapse. But the truth was, I didn't really believe it would come back. It was a vague possibility in my head, but nothing more.

But it did return the following spring. Again, and this is highly likely due to inadequate treatment and self-care, this one was also worse than its predecessor. I was woefully unprepared. I hadn't even had a chance to attempt to conceptualize what that might look like. Before I knew it, I was reduc...

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