I tend to isolate and shut down when I’m in a depression spell though I’m sure I must in some way impact people negatively.

I don’t believe their is anyone that feels 100% comfortable all the time. Everyone is effected by some type of stress.

My depression comes in waves. I think I’m more manic than depressed but when the depression comes I sink fast and hard. I may always have to take medication and if so, I accept it because I did my best to fight it off on my own for as long as I can remember and I finally started taken meds about a year ago. They have helped my tremendously in my fight and with no doubt have improved the quality of my life.

You are never alone. I am always here. If you ever want to talk to someone you can email me at erika.sauter@outlook.com. Anyone can. I want to be a support to others. We all need to be a support to each other. The bigger the army the stronger the fight.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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