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

What No One Tells You About Coming Off Antidepressants


By Kimberly Zapata I have an admission to make: I stopped taking my antidepressants. Again. I didn’t forget to take them or run out, and I didn’t have some type of breakthrough — or breakdown. Instead, I just woke one morning and decided I didn’t need them. “I am OK” I thought, and so I … Continue reading What No One Tells You About Coming Off Antidepressants

The Reason I Kept My Postpartum Depression A Secret


By Kimberly Zapata I knew I was struggling with postpartum depression when my daughter was just six weeks old. I was cried every day, and tossed and turned every night. I was nervous and anxious, and I was suicidal. But instead of talking to my husband or reaching out for help, I suffered in silence. … Continue reading The Reason I Kept My Postpartum Depression A Secret

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