100 Followers!

Some time over this weekend we hit the 100 follower mark. Thank you all who read and follow this blog. I’m amazed and humbled to have 100 people interested in the things I write and create here. I’ll do my best to continue to keep this blog active and earn your trust in following me.

Name Inspiration

The inspiration for the new and improved name of this blog comes from an article that showed up in my Facebook feed.  The article’s headline promised “Never Feel Depressed or Anxious Again“.

Being a depression and anxiety sufferer myself, I was instantly intrigued in the possibility for a cure.  Being a skeptic, I couldn’t wait to see what new advice was offered.

The link clicked and I waited to see what new wisdom would be given.  The article went on to outline 11 things one could do eliminate depression and anxiety.  Disappointment set in as I read the usual list of useless cures.  However, my curiosity peaked, I set about to discover the qualifications of the science and medical genius behind this advise and lo and behold I discovered the author was fully qualified to be a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer.

I know what you’re thinking.  Yes, I am a freelance writer too.  However, I recognize my limits and do not offer anything on this blog as medical treatment or scientific discovery.

Things were said, comments exchanged with other readers, and a new inspiration to blog was born.

My biggest fear with purveyors of bad advice regarding depression and anxiety is that such advice will lead to delays in seeking, or even the non seeking of, real professional help.  For those with depression and anxiety that delay could even be deadly.

The problem as I see it is depression is like alcoholism or addiction.  Wait, let me explain.  (I felt a disturbance in the force, as if millions cried out in anger.)

When I relate depression and anxiety to alcohol and addiction, I’m not saying we all belong in AA or NA meetings or in institutions.  However, like these other forms of mental disease/chemical imbalances, there is no cure, only treatment.

One of the greatest misnomers of depression is that you take your meds and you’re depression goes away.  But, every depressive experiences depression differently.  The meds prescription that works for you comes about through trial and error by your psychiatrist and you.  The reality is that for some, antidepressants work the same as some other medications and vaccines.  It doesn’t eliminate the problem and it isn’t meant to; yet, it does lessen the impact when a dark period comes in.

I began my journey with depression years ago.  I remember first seeking help around eighteen years ago or so.  However, due to bad advice and job-related fears, I stopped pursuing the help I needed.  Instead, I struggled with my depression until a few years ago.

My one piece of advice if you’re experiencing depression or anxiety is don’t wait, get help.  It does make a difference.

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Welcome to the Reboot

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.

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