My advice for the Mom with Postpartum Mental Illness

Because both of my depressive episodes occurred during the postpartum period, I have learned a little bit with regard to how to handle this situation.  Most of it, I learned … Continue reading My advice for the Mom with Postpartum Mental Illness

Dispelling Emotional Darkness

Alien Mind A poem, by Chelsea Walker Within this crypt, This coffin deep The real me gone– Dead, fast asleep I dwell inside the doorless keep of my alien mind. … Continue reading Dispelling Emotional Darkness

Overstimulated

The clinking of dishes; The lights; The “Mom, I’m hungry.”  “He’s hitting me.”  “Can you play with me?”  “What’s for dinner?” The piles of laundry; The overflowing dirty dishes; The … Continue reading Overstimulated

From Traumatized to Trying Again

The pain and darkness of my depression were so severe, constant and intense, that for a long time, even after these symptoms started to let up, I felt traumatized by … Continue reading From Traumatized to Trying Again

Logic, Your Greatest Tool

When the greatest pain and darkness of my depression started to lift, I was left with an overall feeling of sadness as well as a constant barrage of negative thoughts … Continue reading Logic, Your Greatest Tool

A Favorite Poem, and Today’s Thoughts

Today, I’d like to share a favorite poem that I heard many years ago when I was in the struggle of figuring out and accepting my diagnosis.  It resonated with … Continue reading A Favorite Poem, and Today’s Thoughts

You Are Enough

What I share below is something I never have verbalized to anyone in full.  I share here, in a judgment-free zone, to start a conversation about something I feel is … Continue reading You Are Enough

“The Chasm”, a poem about my journey through deep depression

The Chasm A Poem, by Chelsea Walker It came, took me underground Away from light, far from home. I fought growing fog, yet The world became darkest black.   Where … Continue reading “The Chasm”, a poem about my journey through deep depression

Stabilizing

It has been a little shy of two weeks since beginning my mood stabilizer. To add this and wean off of Buspirone has been nothing short of the rollercoaster I … Continue reading Stabilizing

Depression Survival Tools and Tricks, Part II

I am glad to share with you today, 5 more helps for enduring severe depression.  These are things I learned during my deepest and darkest depression–the hardest thing I’ve had … Continue reading Depression Survival Tools and Tricks, Part II

Depression Survival Tools and Tricks, Part I

Everyone experiences depression differently. When it was at its worst for me, I felt constant, intense mental pain and a feeling of being completely enveloped by darkness. I was always … Continue reading Depression Survival Tools and Tricks, Part I

To Be(er), Or Not To Be(er)

“Please Drink Responsibly” is the phrase slapped across every product you must be twenty-one years of age to purchase in the United States. Alcohol has been, is, and always will … Continue reading To Be(er), Or Not To Be(er)