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Trying to Explain Depression

Great blog post on depression!

How to be Unsuccessful

shutterstock_321921797When I was a junior in high school, I was hospitalized for depression.  This followed two previous hospitalizations for anorexia when I was younger.  I was placed in the Adolescent Unit of the hospital, which contained mostly troubled kids from foster families.  They could not understand why I was there. “I don’t get it,” one kid said to me. “Your family has money, you’re cute and athletic” (I had just starred in a basketball game.  I’ve never been good at basketball, but most of the other kids on the Unit smoked instead of doing sports), “and you’re smart.”

I didn’t understand it either.  It did seem like I had a pretty good life compared to most of those kids.  I did well in school and my parents were decent people, still wanted to live with me and didn’t beat me up.  They divorced when I was eight and that was…

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About Christy Barongan

I didn't know it at the time, but I wanted to be a psychologist so that I could figure out how to be normal. I think many people come to counseling for the same reason. What I've come to learn is that feeling good about myself is not about trying to be normal. It's about trying to be me. But it's a constant struggle for me, just like it is for everyone else. So I thought I would approach this task with openness and honesty and use myself as an example for how to practice self-acceptance.

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