My Mental Health Journey

Some of you may know me and the journey I have been on in the past year or so. Others of you don’t. I wanted to begin a new blog series today as a way to share more openly about what I have been experiencing in an effort to connect with people who may be up against similar challenges.

There is no easy way for me to begin. In the latter part of 2019 and all of 2020, I have been on an uphill battle with largely debilitating depression. I have made a lot of progress, but I am not out of the woods yet.

This is not my first go-around with mental health. I’ve spoken publicly before about my history with the disease. But this latest encounter has been by far the most excruciating. I will go into more detail in later posts about the events that led up to this episode, but my hope is to make each of the posts in this series relatively short with a focus on tracking my current progress I am making day to day and week to week.

The one thing I have learned over time is that I definitely can’t recover well if I attempt to do it on my own.

Thank you for following along with me.

Author: Dave

LX Designer, entrepreneur & change agent. Immersed in collaborations that improve learning & working environments. Sometimes, I go fishing.

13 thoughts on “My Mental Health Journey”

  1. I will be praying for you David and also those close to you. I battle with it a bit during my separation and divorce, but with guidance of those who love me, much prayer and my Reliance on the Almighty God I was able to overcome. GOD IS MY STRENGTH AND MY SONG.

  2. Dave I don’t really know what to type. I’m crying & feel so saddened. I’ve been struggling with depression for a couple decades & anxiety followed shortly there after. I’m sad to learn that this awful illness is effecting you too! My heart is saddened whenever I hear that another person is suffering! I want to follow along with you by reading your future entries. I’m praying for you Dave! -Andrea Nordblom (Daam)

    1. Andrea, thank you for your note. Mental health is certainly nothing trivial and it sounds like it has been rearing its ugly head for you for quite some time. I am also so sorry to hear that. Thank you for your prayers and for your support toward wellness and recovery on this journey we find ourselves on. It means a lot to have you reach out like this to connect in solidarity.

  3. Dave,
    So sorry to hear this!
    You are a Beautiful and Powerful soul.
    I know you will overcome and ultimately be reborn through this agonizing and relentless crucible.
    But you are right: I doubt, like you, that it can be accomplished under your own power only.
    One of the biggest lies the world ever believed is that we are individuals. We are not. We are relational; we are relationship. (Even GOD is a relationship of 3). Indeed, following on from the work of “process” philosophers and theologians – if we take away every relationship we are connected to, we won’t even exist. We are members of a community. In fact, to be entirely more accurate and precise with our words when speaking of, say, depression, we should reflect the truth of this by stating something more like: My family/community/system is experiencing depression with and through me.

    Mental Illness is a horrible monster for the person and his/her relationships. But it’s a dragon that can be slayed nonetheless. Our Jungian archetypal fantasies have us painting the picture in our heads that it’s some brave prince who – through cunning, skill, and sheer willpower – slays the dragon alone. But wait! When has history shown that any dragons were defeated on an isolated island by a prince raised there only by wolves? (and even then, don’t the wolves get some credit, too!?) Dragons are defeated by a community. Tolkein knew this, having gone to war himself, as he wrote about it being a community of TWO hobbits who defeated Mordor together, right!? Frodo, COULD NOT have done it alone.

    Anyway, all this rambling to say I’m with you brother. I’m in your community. Reach out and talk with me, if you would. I want to (continue to) be a part of this journey with you.

    1. Wow, what a rich comment on the importance of relationships, community, and togetherness. Thank you for it and for your support and friendship, Jim. I sure do appreciate having you in my community. Looking forward to getting out and hitting those mountain biking trails with you. Let’s do that soon!

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