Your words are beautiful. Thank you so much for taking the time to write.

I think I write about my experience with depression and mania not only for myself but for those who cannot express it. There are people who feel so similar yet struggle to express it. I don’t. I don’t always see the negative. This is a gift in many ways, you know? To feel this real and this raw, and I have no shame in saying, Hey, sometimes I feel like shit. There are times every one of us does, depression or not.

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

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