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  1. i read this on the way to work today and it make me weep! you are so brave for talking about everything. i wish i was as brave as you and talk about my dark periods as well. There are still things in my life that i can’t share… i am just afraid to do it. i love how sincere you are. i will definately check the Black Dog Tribe page now and i will look forward to read your post tomorrow too.Kisses and hugs

  2. Powerful stuff, Mamma, and stuff I can relate to, as my wife suffers from depression and had a terrible bout of it that lasted for two years. Hard times, but one gets on with it. I wrote a feature for the Mail on Sunday about my experiences of living with depression and the awful powerlessness you feel. You can read it here if you like (ghastly headline and photos though!):
    Thanks for this painful but wonderful series of posts, and for all you do to cheer up Twitter and keep the blogosphere on track!!

  3. I’m now following the Black Dog Tribe and have been following & supporting similar organisations here in Oz for quite a while. The work they do is so incredible and very worthwhile. And without beautifully articulated, heartfelt stories like yours to share, how can those organisations raise awareness? They can’t. Or at least, not as well. Which is why your blog is such a powerful agent for change. Keep it up!

  4. You’re narrating this journey very compellingly (and grammatically!!). My only worry is that it must be a singularly painful task. You are making an invaluable contribution to the Black Dog Tribe, but don’t, in your admirable zeal to help others, let the cost to you get too high. I’ve bought in an extra stash of gin and Bourbon Creams in case you’ll be needing it.

  5. This is hard hitting stuff! At the same time a compelling read. Hats of to your ability to revisit these times hopefully without opening up any old scars….

  6. Wow. You are achieving a lot here Annie – let me know if you need to chat, but you sound very strong…

  7. Bravo for talking about this very hard time, it must be a great relief to be able to talk about it and maybe put it behind you. I’ll be back tomorrow to read the rest of your story. I love your blog, you are a great writer.

  8. If you had been suffering from the flu or cancer those around you would have been sympathetic etc but when it comes to mental illness you are told to pull yourself together and treated with impatience. There is no diference between mental or physical sufferring. I have effectively been banned from staying at my fathers house because I was down in the dumps and suffering from PTSD symptoms when I last stayed at his this Easterand my step mums. He wants the ‘nice’ me and wont accept anything else. Its rather hurtful to say the least. Those that aren’t suffering find it difficult to understand that its often very difficult to control your behaviour when you are so totally caught up in the web of any mental disturbance. X

  9. This is so true and such a great way of looking at things – seriously I do feel like this week has been just like therapy for me. It’s been so beneficial getting peoples feedback and thoughts. thank you for being a person who has helped me feel better about myself x

  10. Wowsers, I read lots of blogs and lots of them by really great writers so to think that you think that really has made my week. Thank you very much indeed.
    It’s been hard to write and subsequently a really emotionally hard week for me but I’m coming through it now feeling stronger and much more ‘at one’ with myself.

  11. Yes sorry it should have come with a flashing warning!
    It’s been emotional but I’m starting to feeling better about it all already which is really positive as this is always a hard time of year for me. People always comment on how it must be lovely having all my family round me at Xmas and then I have to explain they won’t be…which is followed by questions and ultimately I feel totally ashamed to have to explain the whole story.

    Hopefully no longer!

  12. GIN! Sorry you set my gin-dar off there…
    Thank you very much. I rate you as one of the best writers in the blogosphere and you are a joy to read so for you to pay me that compliment really knocks my socks off with pride.

    I’m coming through the other end of a painful week now – I’m feeling all the stronger for it too x

  13. Thanks Misha, I have to say that it’s nice to do something on my little piece of the web for ‘good’. Not that I usually use my blog for evil but you know what I mean. I’m not going to get all preachy about bloggers using their outreach for positive things but it is a ‘perk’ and has helped me more so than Black Dog Tribe even x

  14. Oh super – I’ll read that now. Apologies for such a delay in replying to your comment but to be honest I’ve been lying low a bit – it’s been a painful week for me. I underestimated how hard it is to write about something so personal as I fully appreciate that not everyone will have a positive view on it and so I dreaded a negative response.
    Lady luck has been smiling on me and I’ve had nothing but supportive folk getting in touch. Thanks for being one of them x

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