Depression can creep up on you. The trouble is, you often don't know it. No one has warned you.
In March 2007 I was given the "all clear" following a cancer operation. This is when something hit me. But it took another 7 months, and thoughts about the other side of life being an attractive place to be, before I sought help - to be told I had major clinical depression. It then took another 3 to 4 months just to come to understand what I had let alone actually do something about it. Now in early stages of rehab, I can see how bad it really was.
This project gained life because I wanted to do something that can help others recognise they have depression and see there is light at the end of the tunnel. That something is a book "Dancing With Depression". It may also be useful for those who live with people who have depression.
The title comes from my passion for dancing, particularly rock, swing and jive. It was dancing that provided the day-to-day structure for me through the fog of depression.
There are many triggers of depression and many variations of experience and treatment. The book is not to be a medical or treatment guide. It is to be compilation of peoples' stories to which others can relate and be encouraged.
I'd like you to join me in telling our stories.
The more stories we can include in the book, the greater the possibility of matching someone else's situation and the more likely we can help readers understand the depression process: suffering it, recognising it, understanding it and dealing with it.
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