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Thanks, I Needed That.

When I asked for your good wishes on my birthday, I had no idea how important those positive messages would be for me. Continue reading

Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy birthday to me! I am 50+ years young. It’s not that I’m ashamed of my age, but I probably shouldn’t give away my DOB here. I’m actually proud how long I’ve lasted; a lot of chronically depressed people don’t make it this far. This is the first birthday I can recall not being depressed. … Continue reading

Grieving

Last Monday two people were struck and killed by a train here in town as they walked down the tracks. According to surveillance video, neither attempted to move out of the way despite the train’s repeated warning signals. Those two have been on my mind all week, so I decided to write about them. This … Continue reading

Love and Let Down

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for that annual façade of endearment known as Valentines Day. Continue reading

Woah, We’re Halfway There

Last week I passed the halfway point in my NeuroStar transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment, so I thought I’d give you an update. I’ve noticed improvement in how I feel, my energy level, and my ability to focus. For example, before I began treatment, I’d make sure I did all my pet chores (feed, walk … Continue reading

A Toast

I was heartened and yet saddened by the number of people who have reached out to me since my last blog post. Many reached out privately. While I respect your reasons for doing so, I couldn’t help but rage that we still suffer alone and silently while abusive people go on with their lives. I … Continue reading

Down and Dirty (and Uncomfortable for Some)

No, I didn’t go out on New Years Eve. I sat home alone and went to bed around 10pm. No one wanted to spend the evening with me. So now this is my cover photo on Facebook: And why shouldn’t it be? It’s what my brain has been telling me all week. Yes, Jen, YOU … Continue reading

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go

I knew when I started ugly crying in the shower this morning that this week is going to be really bad. I put up a Tinder profile before Thanksgiving looking for a date for New Year’s Eve. Here we are three days out and I have no date. So what? I was alone for Thanksgiving. … Continue reading

One Week In

I started the NeuroStar TMS treatment Tuesday. Several people have expressed interest in the treatment so I’ll share what it’s been like for me thus far. NeuroStar transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) targets, “key areas of the brain that are underactive in people with depression (NeuroStar website).” This treatment is for those of us who have … Continue reading

Depression No More!

I met with my therapist this week and she made a shocking announcement to me: “You are no longer depressed.”  Wow! Really? I knew I’d been thinking that, but to have an objective observer who knows me well to say so is affirming. So what does a person who has suffered with depression for much … Continue reading

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