You, Me, and Depression | Shealagh Whittle

August 12, 2014 6:44 PM

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You, Me, and Depression | Shealagh Whittle

I was walking through downtown Seattle yesterday when I got a text alert saying Robin Williams had died, and authorities suspected suicide. I remember the day I attempted suicide like it was yesterday. It was actually Election Day 2000 (there are a lot of really dark jokes I could make about the date I chose, but I will refrain). My day at school was like any other -- but there was a layer of fog around me that I just couldn't quite shake. My mom and I had just moved back to Washington state from Texas, and despite the fact that she made every effort to get me back into the same friend group I'd had when we lived here previously, I missed my Texas friends desperately, and everything about my current life seemed wrong.

I went into the living room, turned on the news to watch the early returns, and then made myself a bag of microwaveable popcorn. I sat eating it, feeling totally and completely overwhelmed by life. People who don't quite understand depression will describe it as being "really sad," but beyond sadnes...

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