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Diagnosed with depression 17 years ago, I lost the life I once knew, but in the process re-created a better me. I am alive and functional today because of my dog, my treatment team, my sobriety, and my willingness to re-create myself within the confines of this illness. I hate the illness, but I'm grateful for the person I've become and the opportunities I've seized because of it. I hope writing a depression blog will reduce stigma and improve the understanding and treatment of people with mental illness. All original content copyright to me: etta. Enjoy your visit!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Videos

Here I am: http://www.healthination.com/mental-health/true-champions-depression-laree/

Feel free to join the fight and share them widely. Let's stomp out the stigma of this illness. And please let me know what you think. Without you, my readers, this opportunity and these videos would never have been possible. I am so blessed and grateful.

16 comments:

JJ PishPosh said...

Thank you

Irene said...

There were 3 videos, not 4, right? Nicely done. Loved hearing you say not to waste time with those who are unsupportive, and about the benefit of caring for animals. What I don't relate with is goal setting. This may be a mistake on my part but I am not much of a goal setter.

Thank you.

etta said...

@ Irene: There are actually four short videos, but those who have tried to view them on iPads or phones have apparently been getting an error message and the fourth video has not been loading/playing. I've let HealthiNation know about the problem. Thanks for your comment.

paullamb said...

These (4) videos were wonderful. I could see my own symptoms in much of what you said. I am grateful I've found your blog and the resources you speak of.

Rachael Wood said...

Thank you. My husband watched these videos with me and they struck a chord with both of us, as the person with depression and the supporter. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Kai said...

Great videos, you did a wonderful job and it's nice to learn a little bit about the person behind the site! And your dog is adorable, I loved the little dance. :)

Mopsa said...

I really enjoyed watching the videos. You expressed your ideas VERY well! And you look lovely too :)
Finally, be sure that your words are a constant inspiration to those who (like me) regularly read your blog. Thank you so much, Etta.

Jean Grey said...

Great videos! And a cute dog too.

Nemya said...

The videos were great. You did excellent!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I loved these! You did such a great job. And you explained depression and did a LOT of advocacy in just a few videos. Thank you for your honesty. Thank you for sharing your experience. Thank you for letting me know that I'm not alone.

And I am sharing these!

Anonymous said...

I am blown away by how great these videos turned out.

One thing I really like about reading your blog is that I feel you are doing everything "right" and still have to face this disease. This provides me some comfort because I always feel like I am always doing something wrong and it is causing my depression but you exercise, write and talk to your doctor and still have depression. It helps prove this is a disease and not just a "character flaw". I often feel like my depression is a character flaw.

- Virginia

Anonymous said...

I can't thank you enough for these videos. I believe they will help many people. You articulate so well that the disease is a disease. Thanks for your courage, your example, and your daily efforts.

Rikke Sommer said...

What a welltold and inspiring video! Thank you for carrying out the message of depression.

Bengal said...

Great Videos. Seeing the person behind the blog was refreshing and even more relatable :)
Thank you!

Camille Howey said...

Hi LaRee!
My name is Camille and I'm a 22 year old woman from Michigan. I've been battling depression and anxiety for the past three years and stumbled upon your blog this time last year when the road was particularly rough. I haven't read many of your posts, but I saw the videos and was inspired to share my story with you and support you as well.:)
I can relate to so many of the things you share on your blog. I started getting help for this period of depression 6 months in and only did so because the numbness, lack of motivation, and exhaustion were terrifying. With the support of my family, I started trying different meds and going to therapy which have both helped incredibly. I had such a hard time accepting help and almost left therapy a month in, but I'm so glad I stayed. My therapist has helped me grow in so many ways and my quality of life has improved drastically. Life isn't sunshine and butterflies all the time,but I'm able to do so much more than I could a few years ago and I know myself so much better. I'm working on the issues that led to my depression one of the biggest of which is learning to take care of myself. I've also been on a laundry list of different psych meds, some of which have helped (at least for a time) and others which have made my symptoms much worse. I'm still not sure I'm done on that phase of my journey, and I understand it can be a frustrating road to take. The meds I'm on now seem to be helping to an extent but I've gained 25 lbs. in the past year which has been frustrating! Have you been able to find meds that worked long term or is this something that is still changing as your symptoms change?
Ironically enough, I am also studying to be a physical therapist. I love it, and it gives me a great goal to work towards, but the pace of school wears me out which is a trigger for my depression. I do try to stay positive and keep with it even when it's hard- I refuse to let depression take away my dreams.
I wanted to let you know that your blog and your story are an inspiration to me. I'm still pretty secretive about my depression, but I'd so like to be able to speak about it openly. To show people that this is an illness, not a character defect. I still get caught up in that thinking, and I want to use my story to help others learn about depression and know that help IS available, that recovery IS possible. Often, I get frustrated with myself, angry that I can't do as much as I'd like because of my depression. I so admire your ability to take care of yourself but also not let depression define you and take away your joy and the goals you have for yourself. It is incredible the difference you make and that you're a marathon runner to boot! Thank you for your courage in sharing your story and just putting one foot in front of the other. I'll definitely be back to read more about your journey and find motivation to keep walking this road to recovery. And hopefully move towards sharing my full story one day soon. :) And, if it's okay, I might be back to ask you some questions from someone who's been there! I wish you all the best. Take care. :)

Pricillia Barnes said...

I love your story! I just started my blog today and would love for you to read my story!



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