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Appalachian Preacher

. . . [F]inally, you have helped to shape my sense of justice.  Justice is a major part of my personal theology.  Now when I hear about some kid being pushed to the point of suicide because of the relentless and constant bullying of some other kid–when I hear about gay youth being tortured by their class mates–when I see the pain in the eyes of a girl who finally had too much–I can’t help but think of you.  And I know that we aren’t going to set the bullied free from their torment until we set their tormentors free from their need to inflict pain.  Bullied kids are oppressed by the maliciousness of others, and bullies are oppressed by the life-circumstances and societal pressures that encourage them seek out the weak and hurt the helpless.

. . . I hope you never know the heartbreak and the agony of wrestling for years with the temptation of suicide.  I hope you never know what it is like to be broken that way.  I hope you never have to hurt so badly. But if you ever do, I would be willing to help you.  So please reach out.

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rewire

I can’t wait to be a part of this incredible journey and believe in it’s purpose. So many of us have people in our lives that love us but don’t understand the pain we endure, so having access to a community like this is invaluable.

Writing is very therapeutic for me, but mental illness can be very isolating, so to have a platform where I can share my experiences openly without judgment gives me a sense of hope.

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Life and Lims

I will concede that mental health is a little trickier to diagnose or pin down with such clarity or certainty as other physical diseases or conditions. But that does not mean it doesn’t exist or that it’s a person’s “fault” or some sign of weakness. There are still many people, even in 2014, an age where we have pretty much eradicated polio and can easily and cheaply treat other diseases that used to decimate communities, who consider mental illness either “all in someone’s head” or something that could easily be defeated if someone just tried hard enough. That’s simply not OK. Too many people are suffering without proper help because of too much misunderstanding and not enough support. I admit that I feel a tad nervous sharing what I experience (despite my being a fairly outspoken person) because I know what others’ misconceptions can be, and life is tough enough already, folks.

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For those who follow my blog they likely are more than aware that my particular mental illness was clinical/reactive depression and I had it for most of my adult life. I’m a senior now but have only been free from this debilitating disease for 5 years approximately.

It’s not that I was depressed for all of those years, but it came and went at will it seemed. I managed to remain married, raise three children and have outside the home employment; however, I never knew when the ‘darkness’ as I called it, would rear its’ ugly head. I have written much about my struggle and it’s one of the reasons I began blogging. The hope was that if someone was going through the same thing,  perhaps they wouldn’t feel alone,  or that no one understood what they were dealing with. That terrible feeling that you are less than ‘normal’,  or that somehow you were unlovable; because that’ how you feel.

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Trigger Warning: Suicide

From One Crazy Life To Another

Depression has a nasty stigma and we all know it. Depressed people just ain’t right… you know you’ve heard it from at least one person. It’s time to make that stigma go away, and instead of judging we should try finding answers and helping. But what do I know, I’m just a crazy stay at home mom.

A lot of these crazy depressed people or people with mental disorders have a back story as to why they are the way they are. So before you cast judgment and call all of us a bunch of crazies, get to know us. We aren’t so bad… I promise.

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