Blog for Mental Health 2014 Pledge

Today, I’m hitting two birds with one stone. I’m participating in the A to Z challenge with the theme of mental health and I’m doing my pledge. Today’s letter is “B” and B is for the Blog for Mental Health 2014 Project. I thought this project was a great idea. It’s a community of bloggers that write about mental health among other things. The idea is to share experiences and raise awareness.

I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2014 Project. I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others. By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health. I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.

For more information, check out A Canvas of the Minds

My Story, the Abridged Version

I have depression. I started treatment in 2006, but it began long before that. I think I was born hating myself. Mental illness runs on both sides of my family. It must be in my genes. I was always a very serious child. People would say I was moody, which I suppose was true, but it was more than that. I had terrible stomach aches and threw up a lot when I was younger. I guess I didn’t understand how I was feeling so it manifested physically. As I got older, the physical symptoms waned, I developed body image issues, anxiety, perfectionist tendencies and the moods got harder for me to handle. Eventually I stopped going out, I stopped sleeping, I stopped functioning and I prayed that I would just disappear. Since it was unlikely that my prayers would be answered, I did the next best thing. I got help.

Currently, I’m functional…most of the time. Some days are easier than others. I’ve come a long way from where I was, but I still have a long way to go. Depression is a battle I will fight for the rest of my life. I am on medication and I have had therapy, but I’m trying something new. I’m sharing. I’m starting by pledging my commitment to Blog for Mental Health 2014.

I blog mainly for my own benefit. I try to put whats going on in my head into words or at least doodles. It’s my way of keeping track of life, especially the good things. I wear many different hats; wife, Ph.D. candidate, lab manager, daughter, depressive, mum to a cat, etc…I get overwhelmed a lot and sometimes I need a reminder that I have had happy times and no matter how bad I feel, they will always come again. I have found comfort in being able to relate to people expressing similar thoughts and feelings. I’ve made new friends from all over the world through my few weeks of blogging. It’s been a relief to know I am not alone. I’m hoping that sharing my experiences (both good and bad) will help someone else, like it does me. That’s the idea anyway.


32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Traveling Cats
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 09:07:34

    I notice that a lot of bloggers suffer depression and anxiety. I believe that expressing ourselves through our blogs is (unconsciously) a way to deal with those issues.


  2. Natalie Zaman
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 09:15:09

    B is also for Brave–for putting it out there. This is a great project! ♥


  3. NotAPunkRocker
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 10:10:13

    B is for beautiful, so glad you are part of both A to Z and Blogging for Mental Health!


  4. Diana
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 10:48:01

    It seems that a lot of bloggers-and a lot of academics-that I know are depression and/or anxiety sufferers. I struggle more with anxiety, but I’ve had my bouts with depression, too. Thanks for sharing your story and for marrying these 2 challenges in a productive way. 🙂


    • somberscribbler
      Apr 02, 2014 @ 12:25:04

      Thank you for reading! The academics seem to be quiet about their problems. I have met some via blogging, but I don’t know any in real life.


      • Diana
        Apr 03, 2014 @ 19:28:36

        Ha! I feel like virtually every academic I know is either now or has been medicated and/or in therapy for anxiety trouble. Maybe it’s just something that comes along with writing, as most of those who I know well enough to discuss that sort of thing are writers and creators.

      • somberscribbler
        Apr 03, 2014 @ 19:53:47

        That could be it. I’m in science. We just don’t talk about this sort of stuff.

  5. Gretchen Joy
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 11:16:29

    I think blogging is a great way to spread awareness and to release the stigma surrounding mental illness. I was mapping out my A to Z, and definitely plan on talking about “dark” or “non-fuzzy” issues up ahead. You have a great voice!


  6. dino0726
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 11:53:09

    Hi there – Just wanted to stop by and check out your blog. I’m also doing the A – Z Challenge. Good luck for the rest of April. 🙂


  7. Shawn Yankey
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 13:16:00

    I really like your blog, it is very cool! I too suffer from depression and related a lot to the things you said in this post. I am glad to hear that you are doing better. It is important to communicate about this problem not only because it helps you but because those that suffer from it can benefit from your stories as well. I know it was very hard for me to get help.
    Shawn from Laughing at Life 2


  8. liane {meraki geek}
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 15:13:54

    You’re definitely brave, bold, and beautiful for sharing your personal story. I look forward to celebrating with you through good times and supporting you through bad. Bravo!


  9. nembow
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 15:25:03

    Hi! I’m blogging about my struggles with depression and anxiety too ( for much the same reasons as you. Thanks for the link to the mental health pledge people. I’ll check it out. Wishing you all the best!


  10. sfashary
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 15:55:09

    B is definitely for Brave. I commend you for sharing and please know that you’ve gained a new friend and follower here ^^


  11. Charlotte Comley
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 16:57:18

    Very brave and moving post. Great to follow and connect through A to Z


  12. C.E. Darrell
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 20:20:54

    As sfashary said, this is a seriously Brave post. I have a lot of friends with depression and anxiety disorders who, I know, struggle just to open up verbally about it. Maybe I should recommend blogging to them as a sort of catharsis technique, because your post is very inspirational 🙂

    Also, your blog design is amazing! Such gorgeous art, you’ve definitely gained a follower here 😉


  13. Yvonne Ventresca
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 22:49:00

    It’s great of you to share your personal experience. I love the doodles, too.



  14. Carolyn
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 02:56:16

    somberscribbler? I think this is a subject that is not spoken of enough, especially in today’s world. Good on you to put it out there; so many can be healed from it. Thank you! 🙂


  15. Mandy
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 13:30:11

    Thank you for sharing your story and for blogging about these issues using the A-Z challenge. Raising awareness is always a good thing and hopefully it will let people know more about mental health issues that they may not have known about otherwise. 🙂


  16. achieve1dream
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 20:35:58

    This is a great project! I think awareness will go a long way in helping people. 🙂 After reading your history I’m really thinking my problems are related to a hormone imbalance. I was a happy kid… I only started having problems with anxiety when I hit puberty and it gets worse every year. I’m looking forward to following your blog.


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  18. David Joel Miller
    Jan 06, 2015 @ 22:59:38

    Just saw your blog in the list for Blog for Mental health 2014. Enjoyed your post. Glad to see you are still Blogging. David at counselorssoapbox


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