Christina looked like the girl who should be peppy and fun. In reality, she felt a deep sense of shame and guilt.
We’ve both seen depression up close. We grew up under the cloud of depression that hangs over a family. Both of our dads suffered from Depression. One father made it out. The other one didn’t.
When you’re deployed, you bury any fear and keep it together, staying focused on the people and the mission. So that’s what Joe did.
Over time, Jen’s depression worsened and she began having anxiety and signs of ADHD. To Jen, her depression felt like complete hopelessness.
Kenny always felt different – like he didn’t really belong, even in his own family.
Annie’s mind was consumed by thoughts of failure, guilt, and worthlessness. In her struggle to connect with and care for her young daughter, she neglected her own needs and kept her torment private, until the shame compounded into something unbearably painful.