About

me

“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.

12 thoughts on “About

  1. Claire, Just visiting for the first time. After reading above I was wondering if you take vitamin B’s. I read that B vitamin deficiency is fairly widespread. I hope that you are doing well in London. Will go now and read your writings. Best of luck to you! Jerry

  2. Hi Jerry, very good point – and I’m definitely looking into what supplements I can take to boost my health. Nutrition has such a massive impact on well-being. Thanks for reading!

  3. Hello Claire, just stumbled across your blog and I really like your honesty and the way you write. As my mum has suffered with depression since childhood, I know a fair bit about how the Black Dog can consume a person. I too fall into blackness sometimes, although mine isn’t clinical, mine is largely environmental. Anyway, I do wish you the best of luck with life and your blog! Ruth

  4. Ummm … just my opinion, but based on the few posts of yours that I’ve read this is not “just another depression blog”. I love your thoughtful and intelligent take on a dog that bites so many of us.

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