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Everyone gets the blues now and then, but do your blues last for weeks at a time? If so, you may have depression, and you’re not alone. Major depression is one of the most common mood disorders in the United States — about 16.1 million adults (that’s almost 7 percent) and 3 million teenagers will have at least one major depressive episode per year.
There are also multiple types of depression, including major depression, persistent depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder. Postpartum depression, experienced after giving birth, affects up to 1 in 7 women in the United States.
Depression can make it difficult to do everyday things, like getting out of bed or concentrating at work. Depression can also be incredibly difficult to talk about. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best blogs on depression out there. These online warriors are fighting depression and inspiring others to do the same by sharing their stories.
Dr. Deborah Serani is a psychoanalyst who specializes in treating trauma and depression. The author of several books on living with depression, Dr. Deb blogs often about the ins and outs of depression and related conditions. Her posts range from helpful how-to’s, like tips to build resiliency, to raising awareness about nonsuicidal self-injury. Dr. Deb’s posts get straight to the facts, so check out her blog for no-nonsense tips and resources. Visit the blog or tweet her @DeborahSerani.
A Splintered Mind
If you’re looking for a little levity in your reading, you might want to follow Douglas Cootey, who writes about his experiences coping with depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). His posts are inspired by his daily life, like reactions to "drive-by" suicide notes posted on Facebook and the forgetfulness that comes with ADHD. Check out his blog for personal takes on coping with depression, with a dash of humor thrown in. Visit the blog or tweet him @SplinteredMind.
Lawyers with Depression
For 10 years, lawyer Dan Lukasik has blogged about depression to help those in the legal community cope and heal. His posts cover everything from his personal and family history of depression to his top 10 videos on depression. Dan peppers his posts with references to literature, philosophy, academic research, and pop science, giving readers lots to dig into. Legal eagles may find Dan’s posts especially interesting given his focus on lawyers; He also works as a life coach for legal students and professionals dealing with depression. Visit the blog or tweet him @DanLukasik.
Pick the Brain
Editor-in-Chief Erin Falconer helms Pick the Brain, a site dedicated to self-improvement. The articles here aren’t all about depression — the site’s overall focus is on productivity, motivation, and self-education, resulting in posts that speak to a broad range of experiences. Check out posts on how to beat nagging thoughts and reflective reads like lessons learned as a depressed teenager. Visit the blog or tweet them @pickthebrain.
My Postpartum Voice
Lauren Hale has been blogging about postpartum depression since 2007. Informed by her experiences with postpartum OCD, depression, and PTSD during and after her three pregnancies, Lauren’s blog acts as a space to share stories and build a community. Lately, her posts have centered on #PPDChat, a support chat on Twitter. My Postpartum Voice’s rich archive, however, is full of personal stories and rallying cries to speak up about maternal mental illnesses. Visit the blog or tweet her @unxpctdblessing.
Blue Light Blue
On Blue Light Blue, Amy Marlow chronicles her experiences living with major depression, anxiety, and PTSD. At thirteen, Amy lost her father to suicide, a loss that continues to inform her view on the world and her own journey living with mental illness. Her posts are reflective, thoughtful, and deeply personal. Check out her blog for more on living with loss and depression, as well as creative takes on how depression changes daily life. Visit the blog or tweet her @_bluelightblue_.
Living with depression for 16 years, runner Etta speaks to the impact of depression on running and work, and often addresses the intersection between depression, addiction, and sobriety. Etta’s voice is deeply personal and lends a transparency to her posts that makes you feel like you’re chatting with a close friend. Reading her blog, you know you’re not fighting depression alone. Visit the blog.
Time to Change: Depression
The depression blog at Time to Change is part of a broader, U.K.-based campaign to end discrimination and stigma around mental illness. With a commitment to increasing understanding and decreasing taboo around mental health, it’s no surprise that the blog is chock-full of personal stories. A community of guest bloggers not only share their experiences, but also post about the importance of friends and how to support someone with depression. Time to Change also has blogs on related topics, like anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder, as well as a resource library with tons of content on how to support people in your life affected by depression. Visit the blog or tweet them @TimetoChange.
Coping with Depression by HealthyPlace
This HealthyPlace portal is the collaborative effort of several co-authors, and their posts touch on a range of depression-related topics, including coping skills, medications, and social support. These days, Tiffanie Verbeke authors most posts. She offers her thoughts on less-discussed aspects of living with depression, such as coping with extreme anger and managing postelection feelings. Visit the blog.
Managed by Bill White, Chipur covers depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Bill is a mental health professional who also lives with his own mood and anxiety disorders, so his posts are informed by both professional and personal experience. Bill’s strength lies in his ability to make each post feel like a conversation, be it through decoding medical research into plain English, introducing a guest post, or standing up for people with lesser known mental illnesses. Check out Chipur for stimulating pieces with a touch of intellectual heft. Visit the blog or tweet him @chipur.
Everything Matters: Beyond Meds
Informed by her experiences as an ex-patient and mental health professional, Monica Cassani runs Beyond Meds, a resource for people seeking alternative treatment for mental health issues. Although not unique to depression, content on Beyond Meds maintains a particular focus on natural methods for self-care and healing. Posts on depression include thoughtful pieces like “Depression as Pain” and explorations of nonmedication treatment options. If natural remedies and alternative treatments pique your interest, Beyond Meds is a great place to start. Visit the blog or tweet her @ParadoxNow_.
Depression on My Mind by Psych Central
Psych Central’s depression hub features weekly posts by journalist Christine Stapleton. Christine’s posts on depression and related topics, such as addiction recovery, draw from her personal experiences. She speaks openly about her sobriety in posts tackling tricky questions like, “If I take antidepressants, am I still sober?” In fact, her most popular posts deal head-on with practical issues, like explaining your depression to your boss. Most posts are quick, quippy reads. They offer great resources for anyone dealing with depression and addiction. Visit the blog.
Wing of Madness
Started in 1995, Wing of Madness is one of the longest-running depression blogs on the web. Maintained by webmaster Deborah, the blog is a deep, rich archive of information and personal accounts on living with major depression. Recent posts explore topics like depression in men and how to survive the holidays while managing depression. Dig into the archives for answers to questions like what depression feels like and resources on how to live with, seek treatment for, or help someone facing depression. Visit the blog.
Originally founded by Jayne Hardy, Blurt is the blog of the U.K.-based Blurt Foundation. The blog is dedicated to increasing awareness, understanding, and support for depression. The Blurt team blogs about living with, managing, and supporting others with depression. Posts take a thoughtful approach to the issue and reframe common experiences through a depression lens. The team also draws on insight from Blurt’s peer support groups to increase awareness of depression and dispel myths about the condition. Visit the blog or tweet them @blurtalerts.
Miriam Slozberg wears many hats: social media consultant, depression advocate, and blogger, just to name a few. Her site has many content areas, both personal and professional, including a cache of posts on depression. Miriam’s posts burst with personality. She takes a conversational approach to exploring both current events and personal experiences with depression in mind. Read more from Expressive Mom for passionate opinions, humor, and the occasional astrological insight. Visit the blog or tweet her @miriamslozberg.