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Introduction to Jennifer Smith, Author of ‘Coping with Depression’

Jennifer Smith, new author of 'Coping with Depression,' talks about how it took a near suicide attempt to get her diagnosed with depression.I’m Jennifer Smith, and I’m thrilled to be writing for Coping with Depression at HealthyPlace. I was diagnosed with major depression in January 2017. This came as a result of a near suicide attempt which required inpatient psychiatric care. I had struggled with depressive episodes throughout my life, but this was a much more severe event. Up until this point, I had been adept at attributing my depression to simple moodiness or just being tired. I had adopted routines and methods of hiding my depression from others, and the result s of that nearly cost me my life. I am currently on medication and in therapy, and I am learning how to cope with my depression in healthy ways rather than ignore it.

‘Coping with Depression’ Goals

Jennifer Smith, new author of 'Coping with Depression,' talks about how it took a near suicide attempt to get her diagnose with depression.Through this blog, I hope to encourage others with depression. I want to share some of the tools that work for me. I would like for others who have depression to ask me questions or talk about what works for them. I want this to be a blog that stimulates conversation. Ultimately, I hope to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental health issues so that no one ever feels the need to hide their pain again.

More About Jennifer Smith of ‘Coping with Depression’

I have an incredibly supportive family, my husband of nearly 20 years and my three older children; they are compassionate and understanding fellow travelers on this journey. I also have a fourth child, who is visually-impaired and severely developmentally-delayed. While this presents additional challenges, I am grateful for the place she has in our family and for the life lessons I learn from her on a daily basis.

I enjoy reading, writing, and all things autumn. I am also quite fond of my red hair and my pixie cut. I want people to see me, not just my depression.

Author: Jennifer Smith

Find Jennifer on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and her blog.

3 thoughts on “Introduction to Jennifer Smith, Author of ‘Coping with Depression’”

  1. I really relate to your blog. I’m stuck in my deep depression and have been since janurary. I know that you have to take baby steps so not to overwhelm yourself but I’m having a hard time just trying to get motivated. people tell me that I.m doing better than I was but I don’t feel that way at all. I need to feel that but that hole that I’m in just stays as dark as ever. I want to get out so bad but I can’t seem to be able to do anything about.

    1. Finding motivation is hard when we’re battling depression. I always say if I do just one thing each day, then it’s a start. Also, be sure to reach out for help. I know that can be hard, too, but it sounds like you have some people around you that care about you.

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