Hi, I’m Heather Loeb, and currently, I run this blog, write a mental health column in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, and serve as the Communications Manager of NAMI Greater Corpus Christi. I’ve suffered from anxiety and depression since middle school. I wasn’t formally diagnosed until college, after my beloved grandmother passed away. I was embarrassed to tell most of my family and friends because I felt shamed. The stigma of depression made me think it wasn’t a real illness. I can tell you without a doubt it is real and very serious. I also have a personality disorder, eating disorder and substance use disorder.
After I had my two children, my depression became worse and in 2019 I went inpatient at The Menninger Clinic in Houston for six weeks. I’m not cured by any means but with medication, ECT treatments and talk therapy, my depression is managed.
I still have dark days. I even still get suicidal. A depressive episode is never easy, but it is better now that I can talk about my illness freely and have more people to support me.
Not talking about depression can literally kill, so I urge you to reach out if you are struggling or if you know someone struggling. It could save a life.
Thanks for reading. Stay in the light.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times columns:
I’m an Addict
Eating Disorder Hospitalizations
Forget the Numbers on the Scale
Diet Culture is Toxic
If you know someone who is suicidal and needs help, please contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit their site here.