16 things I’ve learned from 16 years of dealing with depression.

This week, I penned a piece for the Huffington Post on my dealings with depression. Hope you enjoy, and I’d love to hear your comments/additions/jokes (because I dig jokes). <3

Depression came crashing into my life like a wrecking ball at the tender age of 14. It brought some ugly sidekicks: eating disorders, body dysmorphia, anxiety, issues with alcohol. Loneliness, worthlessness, despair. All were my miserable companions for more than a decade.

The good news is, I didn’t give up. I wanted to. Lots of times. But I didn’t. And these days, life is brighter than ever.

In the wake of the tragic news about Robin Williams, it’s crucial for those who struggle with depression to cling to hope and life and the knowledge that things will get better. By sharing our journeys, we can shine on a light on an affliction that affects so many of our fellow humans.

So, here are 16 things I learned in 16 years with the dreaded “D” word (note: this list is not exhaustive):

Click to read the rest on the Huffington Post.

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2 Responses

  1. Tim says:


    Thank you so much for your list of 16. More than anything I have read, it captures how the prism of depression affects one’s perspective.

    If I ever write my autobiography, its title will be ” You Have No Idea.”

    It is obvious that you a very lucid idea about what the Big D feels like.

    Take care,

    • Hannah says:

      Hi Tim,
      Thanks so much for the thoughtful commentary. “You Have No Idea” sounds like the best title ever. Says it all! I hope you do write it one day — I think all of us sharing our stories can make a world of difference for others who are struggling.

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