November 21, 2011

10 things for which I’m thankful

10 things, in no particular order, for which I am thankful (From the perspective of a man who deals with mental illness).

1) My wife: She has stood by me through good times and bad. Compassionate but candid when I need to be called out for not trying hard enough. Would not be here without her and my kids.

2) Valium: Sometimes it’s the only thing that quiets my anxiety and slows down those racing thoughts.

3) My psychiatrist and my therapist: Good doctors who really understand mental illness are hard to find. If you are depressed and aren’t getting the help you need from an internist, I’d make it a New Year’s Resolution to find a specialist.

4) Chewing gum: Gum is definitely underrated.

5) Drug companies: Tar and feather me for saying this, but if they didn’t invest millions in R&D, we wouldn’t have anti-depressants that improve the lives of millions. I have no problem with them making a profit.

6) Starbucks: They say caffeine can actually help with depression. And their Mocha gives me mojo when I'm feeling down. So drink up.

7) Politics: It’s a good diversion when I don’t want to think about my problems. And it makes me realize there are people who are more confused about life than I am.

8) Blue Bell Ice Cream: I read somewhere that too much sugar can impair the brain’s ability to make enough serotonin. That’s okay. Refer back to #2 and #3.

9) My children: For making me laugh, making me cry, for teaching me about patience and for giving me three really good reasons to get out of bed on the days I don't feel like it.

10)  Football: An even better diversion than politics. Only when my team loses, I have to refer back to #2.

I know it’s been a while since I last blogged, but I haven’t had much to say. Happy Thanksgiving, and feel free to share what you’re thankful for, especially if you deal with mental illness.


  1. I'm glad you've got these 10 things to be thankful for. Personally, I'm thankful for Angry Birds. Nothing helps me feel better than slingshotting birdies at evil little piggies. LOL ; )

  2. I'm really thankful...for the chewing gum post. It was, unexpected...and it made me smile. Now everytime I chew gum for the next few days it will continue to make me smile. Thanks for that :)

  3. Hey, Just stumbled across your blog and this post have helped me smile for the first time today. It's been a tough one.
    I am going to think about the ten things I'm thankful for and perhaps write my own post about it in a few days. (have a list of posts waiting to be written when I get my concentration together!)
    Thanks for writing and for fighting the darkness of depression, you're encouraging others to not give up too!