This site is a tool for myself. If you get something out of it then fantastic. If you don’t get anything out of it that’s fine too, because I write it primarily for me.
In my mid-teens I started seeing things differently. I developed from a well-adapted, cheerful kid to one with what seemed to my parents as a simple case of teenage angst. Eventually I was sent to our family doctor, then to a counselor, then to a psychiatrist, put on medication, sent to another counselor, quit counselling, quit medication, went back on medication…you get the picture. Oddly, I was never diagnosed, but I was definitely on a downward spiral.
Almost 20 years later I was still in the throws of a depression that waxed and waned until a traumatic life experience set the embers on full blaze. My family, doctor and counselor were put on full alert, and again I was sent to a psychiatrist who finally diagnosed me with Dysthymia. That diagnosis certainly didn’t grant instant cure, but it gave me something somewhat tangible to start working with.
A few years later and I still battle daily with depression, but now I have the support and knowledge necessary to at least keep it at bay. It’s over my shoulder every waking (and even sleeping) moment, but I am better equipped at keeping it there. For the most part I use sport and athletics as my coping mechanism, but there’s a lot more to it than that.
This site is about sharing my experiences through fiction and non-fiction.