It’s been a while since this got an update. I’m in the process of reworking things here, so bear with me.
A few weeks ago, I experienced a series of three references to my personal blogging. I began to consider what I wanted to do here. Then, about a week ago, I encountered a blog post dispensing bad medical and science advice for persons with depression and anxiety. At that point, I saw the way forward for this blog. Thus the name.
I know, I know. Another blog about depression and anxiety? Yes and no.
First a little about myself. I am a freelance writer and military veteran living in the St Louis area. I also suffer from a major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety, and OCD. Yes, there are a lot of blogs covering depression and axiety. (Links to some of my personal gotos will be added soon.) However, I haven’t see (m)any covering those from the perspective of a military veteran.
Sure, there are PTSD blogs out there, but this one isn’t PTSD related. A few news reports of terrorist attacks near me, witnessing 9/11 live through radio news, and sirens going off in Saudi Arabia and South Korea aren’t really the kinds of experiences that result in PTSD. I don’t have it, and will only discuss it where relevant to other things.
However, not having PSTD doesn’t make one immune to depression and anxiety, nor does it mean an easy transition from the world of the military to the world of the civilian.
One of my goals here is to serve as a source of help for others who may share similar experiences and let them know they’re not alone. Another goal of mine is to point out (and usually mock) bad advice, whatever forms it may take (but especially in the realm of medicine, science, and politics).
This will be a story of my experiences and my journey. You may have similar experiences, but these are mine.