I Have A ‘High-Functioning’ Mental Illness — And No, It’s Not As Great As You Think


By Kimberly Zapata I was first diagnosed with depression when I was 15 years old. At the time, I didn’t know much about it or my symptoms. I knew it was an illness — a mental illness — and one that affected almost every aspect of my life, but beyond that, my knowledge was limited. … Continue reading I Have A ‘High-Functioning’ Mental Illness — And No, It’s Not As Great As You Think

I Attempted Suicide But Didn’t Want To Die


By Kimberly Zapata The day began like any other: with the pungent smell of cigarettes and coffee, with the distant sound of footsteps and muffled conversation, and with the rising of the sun. An early “Wait, it isn’t even 6 o’clock yet. Why is it bright out?” rising of the sun. Of course, I didn’t see the … Continue reading I Attempted Suicide But Didn’t Want To Die

To Those I’ve Hurt While Depressed


By Kimberly Zapata I’m sorry. I know those two words seem so small, and they are. They are nothing more than nine simple, basic characters, but I don’t know where else to start so I’m sorry — I’m so, so sorry — for how my depression affects you. I’m sorry for how my depression affects others. There … Continue reading To Those I’ve Hurt While Depressed