About Ashley Womble, Author of 'Coping with Depression'
Monday, June 22 2015 Ashley Womble
For the longest time, I thought I was just a sensitive, moody girl who had been battered by bad luck. I didn’t think I was depressed because reasons to be sad were always around. Throughout my 20s, I experienced a handful of family tragedies, lots of death, and my fair share of broken relationships. When a psychiatrist said that I had depression and anxiety, I felt I had earned my Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) diagnosis the way one earns a graduate degree. I had a masters in sadness. I figured I would always listen to Elliott Smith and read Virginia Woolf's novels. Depression was in my bones. Instead, not long after I began treatment for depression, I discovered that my feelings were symptoms of an illness, not personality traits. Happiness had been inside of me all along.
You Can Have Depression and Be Incredibly Happy
I’m thrilled to join Liz Smith as a blogger for Coping with Depression, because I want to share the ways I’ve learned how to live happily with depression. I am going to write about coping strategies that have worked for me and may also work for you. I’ll discuss how depression can impact relationships, health, and life in general. I hope these posts will help you discover that it is possible to live with this illness, or love someone who does, and have a really amazing life. Although Elliott Smith songs don’t sound quite the same, I’ve found it’s much better to master happiness.
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