Column: My battle with depression

I remember sitting in my small and dark room that I shared with my younger sister listening to The Smiths’ hit-song, “Asleep.” It had been playing on repeat for so long I had lost count of how many times I had heard the smooth voice of frontman, Morrissey sing the lyrics, “Sing me to sleep/Sing me to sleep/I don’t want to wake up/On my own anymore.” I couldn’t understand why I was in such a rut. Nothing sparked it, one moment I was chatting with my parents in the living room and the next I was swiftly excusing myself to go to my room tears welling up in my eyes as I quietly shut the door behind me. I was 17 years old at the time. Fast forward to my second-semester at my community college and I could feel the same sense of dread wash over me. I was managing editor at my campus’ newspaper and between classes, work and the paper I could feel the pressure bubbling underneath my skin like a dormant volcano. I sat at my computer staring at whatever assignment I was editing when my vision began to close in on me as if the rolling

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A letter to Dwayne Johnson

Dear Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Though you may never read this I want to thank you for making your secret battle with depression public. I know it must’ve been difficult to publicly disclose your experience with mental health. In doing so, you’re helping thousands, maybe millions, who look up to you find the courage to speak up about their own battle. Contrary to popular belief, depression doesn’t just affect the downtrodden or the poor. Depression is a silent killer that doesn’t discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion or social status. No, depression will find you and chase after you until you are firmly in its grasp, never letting you go. Even in the middle of a great day with friends or family, depression can rear its ugly head and all of a sudden, you’re down in the dumps for no particular reason. According to a report by the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 16.2 million adults experienced at least one major depressive episode in 2016. Looking at the larger picture, that number represented about 6.7 percent of the U.S.’s population of adults. Digging deeper into the numbers, about 3.1 million adolescents from ages 12 to 17