Gwen Marsh It was supposed to be an ideal solution. My husband had a new job in a new city. I could keep my old job by working from home. Having flexible hours meant more time for my four-year-old little girl. However, the ideal turned out to be a set-up for disaster. I work as an interaction designer (i.e., I optimize how people interact with the Web) and market researcher for an online company. Before our move, I was heavily involved in a big project that required me to work long hours. I loved it. Despite the pressure, I was keenly aware that IRead More → Note: I have struggled with clinical depression since I was a child. It has been a constant companion I have learned to manage and while I am better now than I have ever been, every so often I feel it returning. I describe it to my husband as a “demon eating my brain.” I have compiled this list from personal experiences that have been helpful to me. It is not intended to replace medical attention which can help many people who suffer from this illness.Read More →

By Amanda-Marie Kavanagh Imagine a time when you felt really down. Like the kind of down when your body feels really heavy, your limbs are like lead and it takes every ounce of willpower to get out of bed. Times when tears refuse to run and you heart actually aches. You feel all alone, like no one could understand what you are going through and that no words of comfort could ever help bring you out of your present state. In fact, you start thinking that you deserve to feel this bad. That really, you are burden to your friends and family, that maybeRead More →

Jul 29, 2014 Hamilton Spectator By Laura Armstrong From the tender age of 14, young people are masters of their own medical treatment under the law, from birth control to mental health care. “It really handcuffs families, but it is the legislation,” said Phyllis Grant-Parker, executive director of Parents Lifeline of Eastern Ontario. “Legally, physicians cannot discuss with a parent about their child of 14 or older unless the child has given them permission to do so.” Often, Grant-Parker said, it takes a traumatic event before there is some positive intervention. That seemed to be the case for Ali Shahi, a Mississauga man suffering fromRead More →

by Anita Levesque I have lived with the ups and downs involved with manic depression all my life. But I didn’t realize this until I started high school. My father had dealt with manic depression most of his life and was tired of hiding it after a while. I guess he figured my brother and I were old enough to know what was going on. Looking back at how things were, I wish we didn’t know; if I only knew how things were going to be. But I didn’t and you cannot predict the future, but you know, I wouldn’t change anything, as I’ve becomeRead More →

Laurence White I have suffered from clinical depression for over three decades. Depression is a disease, a disorder, the manifestation of something fundamentally wrong in the functioning of my brain. I can no more will myself out of depression than a diabetic can will his pancreas to produce more insulin. As I recently told someone critical of Robin Williams’ suicide, judging someone killed by depression makes as much sense as judging someone killed by cancer.Read More →