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With mental illness, specifics matter. These are mine.

By August 14, 2021August 27th, 2021No Comments

Emma Gleeson writes about mental illness stigma, depression, therapy and emerging from the dark…


I am currently emerging from a two-month-long attack of depression. Exhausted and reeling, my fragile mind spins as I reflect on what I have endured. This, sadly, has not been my first rodeo. Since the age of 19 I’ve never gone a full 12 months without an episode, a collapse, a bout, or to use more euphemistic language “a rough patch”, or even more patronising, a period of “feeling low”. Feeling low is an experience every person encounters. Characterising the terror and despair I feel in the grip of my illness as a persistent bad mood further cements the stigma many of us claim to be fighting against.

Emma Gleeson writes about mental illness stigma, depression, therapy and emerging from the dark...

I am currently emerging from a two-month-long attack of depression. Exhausted and reeling, my fragile mind spins as I reflect on what I have endured. This, sadly, has not been my first rodeo. Since the age of 19 I’ve never gone a full 12 months without an episode, a collapse, a bout, or to use more euphemistic language “a rough patch”, or even more . . .

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