How to Explain Depression to Those You Love


By Kimberly Zapata When I was 15 years old, I was diagnosed with depression. I was young and naive; I was scared and ashamed; and I had no desire to explain my disease to anyone because I didn’t want others to know I was “sick.” I didn’t want others to think I was crazy. I … Continue reading How to Explain Depression to Those You Love

A Letter To My Younger Self, On The Anniversary Of My Depression Diagnosis


By Kimberly Zapata Dear Kim, I don’t know why I’ve never written to you before. Maybe it is because what’s done is done. Because the past is unchangeable. And because your disease — your depression — is incurable. Or maybe it is because writing to you means writing to myself. Means believing in myself. Means I … Continue reading A Letter To My Younger Self, On The Anniversary Of My Depression Diagnosis

The Difference Between Sadness And Depression


By Kimberly Zapata I’ve received a lot of mental health advice over the last 20 years, and while the vast majority of said advice has been helpful, one troublesome comment keeps coming up: “Aw, it’s okay. You’ll snap out of it; I mean, everyone gets sad. Everyone gets depressed.” Of course, I know these words are well-intentioned. … Continue reading The Difference Between Sadness And Depression

Why It’s So Hard To “Ask For Help” When You’re Depressed


By Kimberly Zapata I am depressed. Again. And if I’m being honest, I have been for quite some time. That said, it is easy for me to write these words. It feels comfortable, natural. Like I am having a conversation with myself. But to say these words — to look another human being in the … Continue reading Why It’s So Hard To “Ask For Help” When You’re Depressed