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About Jack Smith, Author of Coping with Depression Blog

About Jack Smith, Author of Coping with Depression Blog

Hi, my name is Jack, and I suffer from depression.

I was first diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder about seven years ago, but I’ve been waging war on this brain disease for a long time. And it is a disease. It is not a character flaw. It is not an excuse for my shortcomings. It is not a spiritual defect. It is not a case of the occasional blues. It is real, and it is painful — physically painful. It is maddening and it can be gut wrenching. It is an illness just as diabetes is an illness.

I call it a war because war is hell, and so is clinical depression.

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