The Best Depression Health Blogs of 2013
16 Best Depression Blogs of 2013
Depression is a common illness that is more serious than having the occasional blues. Serious depression can interfere with your ability to get through daily life.
The National Institute of Mental Health states that emotional support, encouragement, and understanding can help ease depression. Healthline’s top 16 depression blogs of 2013 provide all of that and more.
Click through the slideshow to learn more about this year’s best blogs.
Lawyers With Depression
Lawyer Dan Lukasik, a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law and managing partner at the law firm Bernhardi Lukasik PLLC, created Lawyers With Depression in 2008. Lukasik’s blog is the first in the United States specifically designed to help law students, lawyers, and judges cope with depression.
Accessible and to-the-point, Lawyers With Depression provides actionable advice and strategies to help lawyers keep moving forward in their careers while dealing with depression.
Pick The Brain
If you’re looking for a general upbeat blog on mental health issues, look no further than Pick the Brain. This blog delivers trusted information loaded with catchy and current advice on motivation, productivity, health, and self-improvement.
Founded in 2008 by Erin Falconer, Pick the Brain features content from more than 200 bloggers worldwide. If you’re ready to grow beyond your depression, this is a great place to start.
Fighting the Darkness
Jamie Leggatt, the blogger behind Fighting the Darkness, believes that keeping depression and other mental illnesses a secret only adds to their stigma. After staying silent about her condition for over 20 years, Leggatt decided to be perfectly truthful in her blog. She hopes that talking about her depression will help others get through their own challenges.
At times painful and other times hopeful, Fighting the Darkness helps shed light on the true experience of depression that’s often kept hidden.
Dr. Deborah Serani's Depression Blog
The winner of multiple awards, Dr. Deborah Serani's Depression Blog is the next best thing to talking to your favorite therapist. “Dr. Deb” is a psychologist, practicing psychoanalyst, and author who offers free professional advice and resources that you’d usually have to pay to receive.
Her research-based psychological perspectives on a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, make this a top destination for news and encouragement.
John Folk-Williams started Storied Mind to share ideas, stories, and information that have helped him break free from depression and restart his life. He hopes the resources on his website will help others with depression do the same.
Different from many informational sites on the Web, Storied Mind is a place for those living with depression to share experiences and provide support to each other.
A Splintered Mind
Douglas Cootey presents his unique view on the world using humor and attitude to address depression and ADHD in A Splintered Mind. The blog is designed to reach out to others with these two conditions and to help readers (and himself) overcome stigma.
Upbeat and entertaining, A Splintered Mind stands out for its ability to reel readers into the world of someone with depression and ADHD. Cootey uses photos, videos, and tweets to emphasize his points and keep his fans laughing while helping to heal them.
Blogging on the inspiration-based website BeliefNet, Therese J. Borchard delivers her daily musings on feeling better in Beyond Blue. Dubbing her perspective “a spiritual journey into mental health,” Borchard provides “Therapy Notes” based on insights from her own therapy notebook.
Beyond Blue helps those with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues get through the rough spots.
If You're Going Through Hell Keep Going
Bipolar blogger Susan encourages her readers: If You're Going Through Hell Keep Going. By chronicling her life with mental illnesses including depression, agoraphobia, and bipolar disorder, Susan creates a safe space for readers to explore their own feelings and experiences about the issues.
Whether she’s blogging about her cat, why she hates New Year’s Eve, or more serious topics like suicide attempts and medications, Susan remains true to herself—and to her readers—by telling it like it is.
Una Vita Bella
Chronic conditions like depression and other mental health issues are often seen as a curse. Yet Amy Kiel believes that you can live a beautiful life—Una Vita Bella—even while dealing with complex diagnoses like the ones she contends with: fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety.
Kiel has won many awards and hearts with her unflinchingly positive look at life with chronic illness and mental health issues. Visit her site and you’ll understand why.
According to her site, Katherine Stone has created the most widely read blog on postpartum depression and other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth. Postpartum Progress places its focus on upbeat messages of recovery and empowerment. Stone stresses that postpartum depression is both treatable and temporary if you seek the right help.
The award-winning site boasts special tools for both moms and doctors, as well as links to support groups and other support organizations.
My Postpartum Voice
If you’re feeling lonely in your motherhood journey, blogger Lauren Hale is here to help. Hale recommends that you grab a blanket and some tea to relax and enjoy her posts on My Postpartum Voice.
As an experienced veteran of the struggle of motherhood with the added stress of mental illness, Hale provides a voice of encouragement to all moms—especially those suffering postpartum depression—who have trouble finding their footing as new parents. Her site has a chat function that allows for an extended community of those who can relate.
Draw That Beast
Draw That Beast is more than a blog. It’s an interactive online art project that allows depression sufferers to be creative with their feelings. The anonymous creator of the site believes that imagery can sometimes better capture a moment than words can.
The site’s goal is to provide a forum for people to share their own unique picture of depression, and connect with others through artwork. The result is a beautiful collection that captures the heart and soul of the human spirit.
After being diagnosed with depression 12 years ago, blogger Etta was determined to do more than wallow in it. She started a process to recreate her life in spite of mental illness. This health professional uses marathon running, her dog, a treatment team, and a willingness to go head-to-head against depression as blog fodder in Depression Marathon.
Sharing her problems, progress, and plans, Etta inspires readers to go the distance in their own journeys with depression and work toward a new life.
If you’re tired of feeling down, Depression Getaway may be just what the doctor ordered. Blogger Wendy Love has created an online haven for encouragement, information, inspiration, and hope.
First diagnosed with depression and then with bipolar disorder, Love wanted to offer others with mood disorders a way to do something for themselves even when they feel depressed. The result is posts that give readers a break from feeling bad and help equip them with new strategies to support their recovery.
Take Action to Ease Your Depression
It can be hard to feel motivated to make a change when you’re feeling depressed. The Best Depression Blogs of 2013 extend a helping hand when you need it. Unlike a class or a therapist, blogs are available to readers any time of day or night.
With resources like these to guide you, you may soon find yourself feeling better connected and better understood.