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I'm so glad you wrote about this, Megan. My grandfather committed suicide when he was 83. My family doesn't really talk about it, but they are finally starting to get real about the fact that mental illness runs in the family.

We've all had bouts of it. And my brother recently discovered that a somewhat removed branch of the family was the subject of a test group at the Royal Ottawa Hospital, because of such high incidences of depression.

You're super-brave for writing about your experiences. It makes it easier for all of us.

*hugs*

Posted by Ariel (not verified) on Wed, 07/04/2007 - 13:42

good for you for writing this here. i hope it's catharctic. and i am so glad you are alive !!!

hugs,
amanda

Posted by Amanda (not verified) on Wed, 07/04/2007 - 17:40

This is important. Thank you for making it real. Keep going.

Posted by Aggie (not verified) on Wed, 07/04/2007 - 18:55

Thank you, you three. It means a lot to hear it.

Ariel: One of the things that drove me crazy about that time was that suddenly this family history came out of the woodwork - like my dad's had deep bouts that he's never talked about, and my great aunt and great grandfather and cousin so-and-so. But because no one talks about it, no one knew to look. Sheesh. Glad you're better too.

Posted by megan on Thu, 07/05/2007 - 07:59

Thanks! Yeah, I felt the same way. My grandfather's funeral was bizarre. All everyone could talk about was the inheritance. My ex and I actually had to rifle through his apartment after his first attempt, to try and find out what he took ... My Mom has been on ant-depressants for 30 years "to help her sleep." She'll never admit that she's really treating chronic anxious depression. My brother got hit pretty hard, but he's doing well, thanks to meds and counselling. I was on meds for a while, but I find exercise, close friendships, talk therapy and journaling to be the most helpful. And trying to eat right. It's a lot sometimes! But it's worth it ... I still have lots of cloudy days. I try to monitor my mental health daily, and I'm not afraid to take time off when I need to. That's what sick days are for ...

:)

Posted by Ariel (not verified) on Thu, 07/05/2007 - 13:29