I have borderline low testosterone and severe depression. After my mental health hit an all time low, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
Reports of depression and use of antidepressants among Sweden's youth have increased. Is this an outcome of a deteriorating mental health, or merely a reflection of increased awareness?
What will I do with this column and my Twitter account if the sadness doesn't end? Do I keep writing about the experience of living with depression and anxiety, and exploring the nuances of sadness forever?
He taught me how to play poker and gave me my first orgasm. Then he hit me.
"You're going to give birth to a beautiful Zoloft baby!"
"After my first treatment, I felt good for a week. Not the kind of bipolar 'good' where I'd be manic. I felt normal for the first time in a long time."
I was prescribed Cymbalta at age 17. Years later, when I tried to get off the drug, the withdrawal I experienced was excruciating.
At the time I was suffering most from the mental illness, everyone from my friends to my doctor failed to understand what was wrong with me. Here's how I got better.
My anxiety disorder can make me feel like I'm trapped in a cyclone of negative thoughts and fear. But like many mental health conditions, with the right treatment and techniques, life is very liveable.
I've tried to come off Prozac in the past, but felt awful when I did. Does that make me an addict? I've given up worrying – as a depressive, life is liveable on them. That's all that matters.
You're not a failure if you can't treat depression with the power of your own mind.
New research suggests that depression may be a reaction to inflammation within the body. But will shifting the blame from the head to the body affect the stigma that still exists?