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

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

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

The Truth About Anxiety


By Kimberly Zapata When most people hear the word anxiety, they think of the condition in its most extreme form. They imagine Hollywood-like portrayals of an attack, things like trembling, shaking, and breathing into a paper bag. But anxiety is more than restlessness, hypervigilance, and erratic breathing. Anxiety takes control of your body. It causes … Continue reading The Truth About Anxiety

Depression Makes Me Question Everything… Even My Marriage


By Kimberly Zapata Depression is a funny thing. I mean, it isn’t ha-ha funny or even remotely humorous, but it is unpredictable. And when you have depression, it doesn’t just affect you. It affects everyone around you. I’m not implying that my friends and family are “depressed by association,” nor am I trying to undermine … Continue reading Depression Makes Me Question Everything… Even My Marriage