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

Remembering Carrie Fisher & Her Contributions To Mental Health


By Kimberly Zapata Usually, I’m relatively unfazed by celebrity deaths. Don’t get me wrong — I have empathy for the family of those affected. For the colleagues, loved ones, and friends left behind. I feel for their loss. But for the most part, my life is not impacted; my life remains unchanged. The same cannot be … Continue reading Remembering Carrie Fisher & Her Contributions To Mental Health

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

9 Tips For Getting Through A Panic Attack


By Kimberly Zapata If you struggle with anxiety you know just how tough it can be to manage your symptoms, i.e. one minute you are fine — you are talking, laughing, and just being yourself — and the next you are terrified. You are horrified. You are paralyzed. Your mind is racing. Your breath is heavy, and your both your … Continue reading 9 Tips For Getting Through A Panic Attack