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My name is Jenn and this is my blog to help storytellers that battle with depression.
Origin Story – Sparks’ Notes ver.
So why did I want to start a blog like this? I’ve always been interested in telling stories. Ever since I can remember I loved reading, watching TV/movies, and playing video games. I always loved to sing and it didn’t take long before I started writing for fun as well. As I got older, acting and photography joined my creative pursuits.
Anyway, my depressive symptoms started probably around the time that I was 12, but my depressive symptoms continued after that and slowly, surely, almost imperceptibly they got worse. I experienced some stable times and some terrible lows in the years that followed. Long story short, I eventually ended up in a psychiatric hospital in November 2016 (you can read more about that here) and received the diagnosis of Bipolar II.
The Sadness Monster
Once I got help and began to recover, I finally realized that this illness cannot be beaten alone. You can try – I certainly did, but I feel like going it alone leads to burnout and worse. That path didn’t work for me, and I want to steer you away from it as best I can.
I knew I wanted to help other people dealing with depression. I’m sure there’s people out there right now that are exactly where I used to be – refusing to reach out for help for a myriad of reasons, suffering in silence, and desperate for ways for dispel the darkness.
This feeling led to the creation of this blog – The Sadness Monster. This has long been my name for depression, because… well, that’s pretty much what it is, right? I mean, obviously, I know that depression is so much more than that, but regardless it steals your happiness from you. That sounds monstrous to me.
Anyway, I think it helps to separate yourself from the illness this way – it reminds you that those awful thoughts aren’t really yours and they aren’t fault. It’s just that darn Sadness Monster acting like a jerkasaurus rex again.
Originally, I simply wanted to share my experiences and coping methods with others that needed help. However, I quickly realized that I wanted to take a more specific approach. I know first hand how difficult it can be to get through the day, let alone try to organize your thoughts and create something. As a storyteller, there is nothing more frustrating to me than having my stories stuck in my head, held hostage by The Sadness Monster. And so, I slightly changed course with this blog.
The Sadness Monster remains the name of this blog because your journey is an epic tale where you are the hero and The Sadness Monster is the villain. Just consider me a friendly side character, here to help you fight against the beast and obtain victory. I’ll provide tips on dealing with depression, ways to ignite creativity, and help you get your stories out into the world.