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Depression lies. If you’ve ever experienced depression, you understand this. But when you’re in the middle of it, you can’t always see the lies. You believe the voice in your head telling you dark thoughts or leaving you with the blues and more for weeks at a time.
That’s why it’s so important for people who have depression to make connections with others who can understand what they’re experiencing. Because you’re not alone. Others understand and can support you.
These are the top blogs helping to spread that reminder.
Lawyers with Depression
Depression among lawyers is more common than you might think. Some stats suggest lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to experience depression than people in other professions. Those stats, and his own personal experience with depression, are what prompted lawyer Dan Kukasik to start Lawyers with Depression. This is a resource for all lawyers who might be experiencing depression. Visit the blog and tweet him @DanLukasik.
Pick the Brain
Canadian Erin Falconer started Pick the Brain with a focus on self-improvement, not necessarily solely on depression. But depression is a topic that’s frequently touched upon, and those experiencing depression might find the resources provided quite helpful. As a bonus, there are also pieces dedicated to helping the ones you love. Visit the blog and tweet them @pickthebrain.
Dr. Deborah Serani is a psychologist and practicing psychoanalyst who uses her experience treating trauma and depression on her blog. She’s published multiple books on the subject and frequently ties pop culture into her posts as a way of reminding her audience that depression affects everyone — even celebrities. Visit the blog and tweet her @DeborahSerani.
A Splintered Mind
Douglas Cootey started A Splintered Mind in 2005 with the intention of helping others living with ADHD and depression to overcome stigma. He embraces self-deprecating humor, and has since authored the book “Saying ‘No’ to Suicide.” His posts touch on fatherhood, suicide, depression, and ADHD. He’s also an advocate of cognitive behavior therapy over psychotropic meds. Visit the blog and tweet him @SplinteredMind.
Etta is a runner, proud dog mama, and woman who has been battling depression for 17 years. On Depression Marathon, she writes about addiction and the road to sobriety as well as depression. She doesn’t shy away from sharing her good days and her bad ones. Her goal is to reduce the stigma surrounding depression and to help others know they aren’t alone. Visit the blog.
Time to Change
This is a space that originated as a “growing social movement” aimed at “changing how we all think and act about mental health.” It features user-submitted personal stories about depression, as well as mental health resources and ways to get involved. Visit the blog and tweet them @TimetoChange.
Coping with Depression by Healthy Place
As part of the largest consumer mental health site, the Coping with Depression blog is authored mostly by Michelle Sedas and Jennifer Smith. They work together to provide insight and advice both for those experiencing depression and those who love someone who have it. Visit the blog and tweet them @HealthyPlace.
Bill White is the founder and producer of Chipur. It’s a site he created as a mental health professional who personally deals with mood and anxiety disorders. He’s also been sober since 1984, an experience he occasionally blogs about alongside pieces about bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. Visit the blog and tweet him @chipur.
Everything Matters: Beyond Meds
Monica Cassani is a mental health professional and former patient. She uses her personal experiences on Everything Matters: Beyond Meds as a resource for those looking for alternative mental health treatments. She shares natural self-care methods and explores wider issues in the sociopolitical and spiritual realms relating to mental health and human rights issues. Visit the blog and tweet her @EquanimityNow_.
Depression on My Mind by Psych Central
Christine Stapleton is an award-winning journalist who contributes weekly posts about depression, addiction, recovery, and sex. She tackles tough subjects, like the relationship between people with substance use disorders and doctors. She isn’t afraid to get raw and honest about her own struggles. Visit the blog.
Wing of Madness Depression Guide
Deborah is a working mother from a long family line of journalists and editors who taught her how to take reporting seriously. She’s used that background since 1995 to manage what’s now one of the longest-running depression blogs. Her goal is to help people identify depression and seek treatment. She also regularly reports on the latest science and treatment options surrounding mental health. Visit the blog.
Blue Light Blue
Amy Marlow was only 13 when she lost her father to suicide. In the years since, she’s received diagnoses of bipolar II, PTSD, and generalized anxiety disorder. She uses Blue Light Blue to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness, something she admits she didn’t want people to know she had for a long time. Today, she wants to help others know they aren’t alone and to share what she’s learned along the way. Visit the blog and tweet her @_bluelightblue_.
The creators of Blurt know how devastating and isolating depression can be, and they want to talk about it. They want to help others get support and feel less alone, and they want to share advice for anyone who might currently be struggling. Visit the blog and tweet them @BlurtAlerts.
Miriam Slozberg is a Canadian author and astrologer who wants to raise awareness and help make the stigma of mental illness disappear. She often combines her knowledge and experience with spirituality with her posts about mental health. She also shares tips for others who may hope to launch a blog of their very own. Visit the blog and tweet her @miriamslozberg.
Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL)
Imagine watching your child go through violent rages and extreme mood changes. That’s exactly what Lisa Lambert lived through when her oldest son began to go down a difficult mental health path in first grade. It prompted her to become an advocate for people with mental health needs. PPAL often features personal stories from others. Lisa also routinely shares her perspective as the mom of a child people on the outside might’ve simply deemed “bad” because of the behavior his mental health issues contributed to. Visit the blog and tweet them @ppalboston.
Shahenaj Khan describes herself as a “25-year-old London born, cat loving, and soul- searching introvert.” She’s passionate about, and fascinated by, the subjects of psychology and mental health. She often shares information about various disorders on Mind Elate with the hope of spreading awareness and insight into methods that might help if you’re living with depression. Visit the blog.
Radical Transformation Project
Faith has been dealing with depression and anxiety her entire life. One day, she found herself searching for a blog or community that she might connect with, but nothing felt honest to her. So, she wanted to create something that was. Radical Transformation Project isn’t a blog about “curing” depression. It’s one about living through the inevitable ups and downs of being right there in the trenches. Visit the blog and follow her on Instagram.
The Ranch is a group of mental health centers providing residential treatment for people experiencing addiction, compulsive behaviors, and mental health disorders. Their blog serves as an external support system for anyone who might be struggling and looking for connection or advice on how to deal with their own mental health issues. They’ve got posts on addiction, depression, and everything in between. Visit the blog.
Leah Campbell is a writer and editor living in Anchorage, Alaska. She’s a single mother by choice after a serendipitous series of events led to the adoption of her daughter. Leah is also the author of the book “Single Infertile Female” and has written extensively on the topics of infertility, adoption, and parenting. You can connect with Leah via Facebook, her website, and Twitter.