#Sunlight

John Moe discusses Depression.
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John Moe @johnmoe
“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” – Louis Brandeis #sunlight
John Moe @johnmoe
I’ve thought of that quote many times in recent years as I’ve talked here and elsewhere about depression, mental health, suicide. #sunlight
John Moe @johnmoe
I thought about it when Eric Slocum, a newsman in my hometown of Seattle, ended his life recently - http://t.co/fH6buPlu #sunlight
John Moe @johnmoe
I think about it whenever I read about a suicide, which is often and way too often. #sunlight
John Moe @johnmoe
We live in a society where depression, WAY too often, is seen as just a mood or a feeling. #sunlight
John Moe @johnmoe
Or if it is diagnosed, depression is seen as something to be ashamed of. A dirty secret. A hidden infection. #sunlight
John Moe @johnmoe
That shame, of course, makes it worse. Makes the person with the disease feel like an outcast. Compounds the problem. #sunlight
John Moe @johnmoe
And that is screwy, my Twitter friends. Because then people don’t get the help they need. #sunlight
John Moe @johnmoe
If you broke your leg, you’d go to the hospital. If you have depression you need to get help. #sunlight
John Moe @johnmoe
These are all things I’ve been saying for years. You might have heard me before. I’ll say them again. One of my things. #sunlight
John Moe @johnmoe
But the truth is, I haven’t done all I could do. I haven’t been forthcoming. I haven’t lied but I haven’t told the whole truth. #sunlight
John Moe @johnmoe
The truth is that I’ve been living with the disease of depression for many years. #sunlight
John Moe @johnmoe
I haven’t been public about that for many reasons. As a sorta public person, I don’t always know where to draw the private line. #sunlight
John Moe @johnmoe
But as I’ve encouraged people to put their own mental health in the #sunlight, it felt increasingly dishonest not to do the same.
John Moe @johnmoe
I was diagnosed by a doctor within seconds of arriving in his office. A great deal of evaluation and testing confirmed it. #sunlight
John Moe @johnmoe
There have been times it tore at me pretty bad. Affected my family and those around me. #sunlight
John Moe @johnmoe
For a while now, I have been aggressive about treating it and have found a management strategy that is working for me. #sunlight
John Moe @johnmoe
That balance of treatment took me quite a while to find. #sunlight
John Moe @johnmoe
I am not blissed out all the time. I have a full range of emotions. I have the same spectrum a regular person has. #sunlight
John Moe @johnmoe
And there have been times when I’ve been on no medication or the wrong medication and boy things are bad. #suinlight
John Moe @johnmoe
But I want people to know that depression, like a lot of chronic diseases, can be managed. #sunlight
John Moe @johnmoe
Some people have an easier time managing it, others a harder time, but you don’t have to give up. #sunlight
John Moe @johnmoe
I have this disease and I can have a great career, have a family, be engaged in the world, and be happy. #sunlight
John Moe @johnmoe
I have depression but it doesn’t have me. There’s a tiger in my house but I work like hell to secure its cage. #sunlight
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