Melancholia: My Depression One Year On

Melancholia: My Depression One Year On

This time last year, I was diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression (Melancholia: After My Diagnosis with Depression). I prescribed antidepressants and registered with a therapist for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I intended to keep a daily diary of what happened...
How I Talk to My Son About My Chronic Illness

How I Talk to My Son About My Chronic Illness

A few months ago, I was taken to hospital in the ambulance. I had caught a winter virus from my son, who was kind enough to vomit on my face—twice. Since I don’t have a colon, my system can only sustain being sick out of both ends for about two hours. After that...
Melancholia

Melancholia

Melancholia: After My Diagnosis of Depression A while ago, I wrote about my struggle with my mental health and my subsequent diagnosis of anxiety and depression. I promised to write a daily diary detailing what was happening to me. And I did—for three days. Then I...
Down the Rabbit Hole: Crohn’s Disease and My Mental Health

Down the Rabbit Hole: Crohn’s Disease and My Mental Health

  Over the last few months, I’ve noticed a decline in my mental health. I get angry more quickly, I cry at inappropriate times several times a day, and I increasingly have periods where I feel so profoundly sad that it’s hard to breathe. These symptoms are not new to...