Mental Illness & The Holidays: I’m “Normal” Because I’m Medicated

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Happy Holidays!

…for some people, this season is very, very difficult emotionally.

I used to be one of those people.

Without regaling you with my tales of woe, let’s just say that the holidays have a lot of unpleasant baggage for me. This baggage, plus a case of undiagnosed depression, led to many a Thanksgiving or Christmas with me in tears, or curled up in bed, or fighting back tears WANTING to be curled up in bed.

But I got help. And so can you.

Forget Normal

You may be thinking that you can fight off your mental demons, slay them with the mighty sword of Happy Thoughts, and reap the benefits of being normal like all those other people around you.

Here’s a secret…

Many of the people you consider “normal” are that way because they’re medicated.

A lot of those people are (to steal a term from my LGBT friends) “in the closet” about their mental illness. But a good number of us are “out” and eager to help others like us get the help they need.

Can you help?

If you are willing to put your Twitter handle out there and be a point of contact for a geek in need, please post a comment below. I’ll start!

Need help?

You can use this list as a lifeline if you need it this holiday season. Want to pick someone’s brain about their experience with depression?  Need someone to tell you that you’re not crazy, you’re just suffering from a treatable illness? A virtual shoulder to cry on? We’re here for you.

Suicide is never the answer. If you are having thoughts of killing yourself, please call 1-800-273-8255 (the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). Trained professionals are there and can get you the help you need immediately.

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Since 2008, E. Foley of Geek’s Dream Girl has been helping geeks from around the world find love. She writes amazing online dating profiles for her fellow geeks and guides them through the perilous waters of the dating scene and out the other side. She's totally proud to report that she's even caused a couple geek weddings! She lives in Maryland with DaveTheGame, her adorable cats, Mr. Peanut & Don Juan, and Titania, Queen of the Cocker Spaniels. (Email e, or follow @geeksdreamgirl on Twitter.)

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