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

How To Help Suicide Attempt Survivors, From Those Who Have Been There


By Kimberly Zapata The first time I tried to take my life, I was 17 years old. No one knew. I wrote a note and made a plan, bought a bottle of pills, and ingested them en masse, swallowing two, three, and four at a time. While I became ill, spending the next 36 hours … Continue reading How To Help Suicide Attempt Survivors, From Those Who Have Been There

8 Things Not To Say To Someone With Mental Illness


By Kimberly Zapata For the last 16 years, I have struggled with depression. That means I have had 16 years of highs and lows. Sixteen years of ups and of downs. And 16 years of therapy — for 16 years I have been chasing a cure. It also means I have had 16 years to … Continue reading 8 Things Not To Say To Someone With Mental Illness

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

What It’s Really Like To Parent With Bipolar Disorder


By Kimberly Zapata I’ve never liked the color white. It is bland, cold, sterile and is the backdrop for most bad memories. My father died in a windowless white room — in a white bed, covered in white sheets. My first apartment was white, and the unfinished walls were a stark reminder that this arrangement … Continue reading What It’s Really Like To Parent With Bipolar Disorder

Traits Of Highly Sensitive Children, From A Highly Sensitive Mom


By Kimberly Zapata My daughter was a few days shy of her 2nd birthday when I first heard the term “highly sensitive.” At the time, I didn’t really understand what it meant (or what it was), and I didn’t really care. I thought it was just another catchphrase coined by uptight parents to make “emotional” … Continue reading Traits Of Highly Sensitive Children, From A Highly Sensitive Mom