Once again I will be participating in the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge! It’s been awhile since I’ve participated but my heart was telling me to give it a whirl and I thought of a great topic right away.
For the duration of the challenge my theme will be about dealing with depression and anxiety. These are two evil demons that I struggle with on an ongoing basis and I wanted to share personal stories along with tips for dealing with these turds.
According to ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America):
Anxiety disorders affect over 40 million people (over 18% of the population!) in the United States who are 18 and older.
Major Depressive Disorder affects over 16 million people in the United States and is the number 1 leading cause of disability.
I was first diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder at the age of 15 after being sexually abused by a close “family friend”. Depression also runs very rampant in my family – I’m talking lifelong struggles.
With so much first-hand and second-hand experience with depression it’s pretty close to my heart. I’ve written a lot about depression on this blog which you can read here.
I’ve also written a book about dealing with depression called Crawling Out of Darkness: 12 Strategies to Implement Now to Help Battle Depression Naturally.
On this page I plan to keep a running list of links to each blog post I write this month that is related to this challenge. That way they’re all in one easy to find place!
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The challenge begins on Sunday, April 1st and I’ll be blogging every day after that with the exception of Sundays. This is a huge undertaking for me but I feel like I’m up for the challenge! And I’m really passionate about sharing information about depression and anxiety.
If you have a blog I encourage you to join me in the challenge! Whether you decide to or have already accepted the challenge, feel free to leave a comment to your blog or theme reveal below. I’d love to come check it out!
If you’re interested in learning more about the challenge and/or want to see the other bloggers participating you can check all that out here.
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