The Hunt for Mental Wellness

By Michael Ryan Blackwood
I've struggled with my mental health for almost as long as I can remember. I've now seen two psychiatrists and two other therapists. I have chronic depression, also known as dysthymia. (From the Greek for "bad state of mind," though thumos literally translates to "soul." Bad soul. Well that's encouraging.) If you think of the normal person's mood as sitting on a line (which will have natural fluctuation), the depressed mood sits below that line. Symptoms often include lack of motivation, feelings of guilt, feelings of worthlessness, self-doubt, and sometimes suicidal thoughts. 

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