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.
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.