“Hope is a waking dream” – Aristotle
My name is Claire, I’m a 30-something English girl and after contracting Dengue Fever while working in Honduras back in 2007 I’ve suffered bouts of extreme fatigue alongside various other health problems including mental illness. Yep, it’s another depression blog.
The Black Dog really is the pits. I was first diagnosed with clinical depression around the age of 25 and I’ve fought occasional battles with it ever since. I started this blog to share what helps me navigate the murky depths of poor health when things get tough. It’s been a long and gruelling road to recovery so writing down my struggles and being able to connect with others walking a similar path has been something of a lifesaver.
Talking about mental illness feels like discovering the key to a hidden room heaving with those clamouring to share their own stories about depression and anxiety – all they needed was someone to start the conversation. So this is mine.
I hope that through my own catharsis I can help at least one person out there going through the same thing, even if it’s only to provide reassurance that they’re not alone. Because if the overwhelming response to my own stories is anything to go by – they’re really not.