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Episode 58—What to Know About Depression

I’ve lived with depression since my teens, which means I have a lot of experience with this illness: in this podcast episode I’m breaking down what you need to know about depression. Whether you’re listening for yourself or someone you love, this is part practical advice and part pep talk to help you remember yourself while you navigate your mental health.

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A couple of years ago, I wrote one of my most popular newsletters ever. I think it remains my most replied-to email of all time. In it, I talked about my depression—and what I wanted you to know.

What I learned from that experience was that even if I don’t have it all figured out, by telling my story, I’m able to help others. And it was a good reminder that none of us will ever be completely healed, so we should never make that a barrier to helping others and being of service. All of us have the power to create a positive impact. We don’t have to wait until we have it “all figured out” to begin.

(In fact, if we start where we are, that might actually have a bigger effect than waiting ’til we—or our circumstances—are perfect.)

Earlier this year, I wanted to update the list—and was so proud to have it published on mental health and chronic illness site, The Mighty. Whether you have depression or love someone who does, this episode is full of good reminders and (even if it feels hokey) what I want you to know about depression. I hope that it feels useful for you.

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