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My Story: Robyn

My Story: Robyn

I've been repeatedly diagnosed with depression since I was 13. I am now 29. I don't really remember the initial steps. I experienced a lot of grief as a child and when my mother remarried, my stepfather forced me into therapy and taking Paxil. I think I did have troubles, but I didn't need medication. I know there were a lot of circumstantial reasons that brought on my depression, yet I think making me take Paxil catapulted me into a lifetime struggle.

by NewLifeOutlook Team on January 26, 2015
My Story: Ryan Heard

My Story: Ryan Heard

I was diagnosed with situational depression and ADD, it was determined that a chemical imbalance in my body was causing my depression. I have to always keep trying, and making adjustments. I’m a 29-year-old male and have been working in IT for the past decade and if I miss treatment it's like living a nightmare daily, with the doubts and cloud. Keep calm and carry on. That is literally the best thing you can do. Each day will bring something – it's about how you…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on January 21, 2015
My Story: Brynna Tace

My Story: Brynna Tace

I wrote this to mark one year of not self-harming. For me, dealing with this was one of the hardest things I have ever done. But I did it. I beat the cycle. It was hard, I had my moments of insanity because I was fighting the urge, but I did it. I beat the addiction. I got on top and I'm staying here. I share this not as an attention seeker, but as a victorious person and one who wants to share that victory…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on January 12, 2015
My Story: Brian Howland

My Story: Brian Howland

I've had depression my entire life, All through high school and college I dealt with depression, but didn’t know I had it. Never give up even though you think you can't go on. Go ask for help and if that person cannot help you ask someone else. My counselor, meditation, renewed faith, and my wife have me on the right journey of life now.

by NewLifeOutlook Team on January 6, 2015
My Story: Arthur Bulsing

My Story: Arthur Bulsing

I struggled to get a grip on life. Getting the flu doesn't make you a lesser person, and depression is no different.Every day now I drink my awesome coffee which helps me get through my day, I remind myself regularly that the world is a better place with me in it and that no one hates me, they just don't understand where I’ve been or what I’ve been through.

by NewLifeOutlook Team on December 29, 2014
My Story: Niamh D

My Story: Niamh D

Before my diagnosis things were dark and lonely for a very, very long time. Five years ago my best friend and another friend died, of two different causes, but two weeks apart. After that I was very confused about life. I didn't know how to deal with death and didn't want to accept it. From then I started down a long dark path of self-harming and isolationI told someone and got counseling and thought I was recovered – I was wrong. Two years ago I…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on December 22, 2014

My Story: Ruth

I should have been diagnosed with depression as a young teenager, but I kept all my feelings inside and hidden, afraid that my family would not love me anymore. Depression is an illness. You are not weak because you have this disease. You show courage and bravery and strength every day you wake up and get out of bed. You are not alone! Please don't suffer in silence. Please reach out to your friends, your family, your neighbors, your doctors. They can help if you…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on December 2, 2014
My Story: Kelly Cameron

My Story: Kelly Cameron

Depression changes the way you think about yourself and the way you see the world around you. It give you irrational and false thoughts and even though you know this, it doesn't stop them from coming. Not every day is a dark day, but I have to get through days like that to see other days that are much brighter. Sometimes it's hard to tell from the outside the hard times someone is experiencing on the inside. I know it's scary — no one likes…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on November 26, 2014
My Story: Carla Silver

My Story: Carla Silver

I've lived with depression and anxiety all my life. Stop depending on others to pull you out. You have the power inside of yourself to decide that you are not going to live like this forever. It is hard. I know. But it begins with you – start small, start determined. I am most proud of finally getting out of the pit. I spent so many years depending on others to help me out when it was up to me all along. I had to…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on November 12, 2014
My Story: Jenna Stamm

My Story: Jenna Stamm

I was a junior in high school. I had been bullied in every grade and this year was no different. When the suicidal thoughts came I knew I needed help. Each year I improve greatly and miss fewer things. You are not alone and never will be. I used to push people away, but when I let them in, although it was hard, I improved. Never hold anything back; if you need to cry, cry. It doesn't matter if you have a reason, all that…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on October 29, 2014