Tag Archives: Depression

Robin Decides to Write a Book

It was 2008, and I had long ago given up on the idea of writing a book about the extraordinary year Robin and I experienced together in 2003, since I couldn’t figure out how to tell the story without violating … Continue reading

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Feeling Compelled to Write a Book

As I have said, the experiences I had as Robin’s therapist in 2003 changed my life.  I never expected Robin to have such a dramatic meltdown.  I certainly never expected it to take a year for her psychiatrist and I … Continue reading

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Preview of Things to Come

Our loyal readers who have followed our story know that Robin and I are working on finishing up our book, and will be self-publishing it as soon as possible.  It will tell the rest of the story of how Robin … Continue reading

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NOTE TO THE READERS OF DESPAIR TO DELIVERANCE

For those of you who have followed along, Robin and I have now finished telling our story of the very stressful year we both experienced in 2003 after her meltdown.  Our plan is for Robin to write the last chapter … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Want to Kill Myself.”

  It was October 2003 and Robin had been battling her own brain for over eight months.  After four hospitalizations, eleven ECT treatments, the loss of her job and health insurance, and the finalizing of a bankruptcy, she was trying … Continue reading

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“I’m Tired of Doing the Suicidal Battle in My Head.”

In mid-September 2003, approximately two weeks after her fourth hospitalization, Robin began to display noticeable signs of a further lessening of depression.  Her affect was brighter.  Her thinking continued to become clearer.  She moved more quickly and responded to questions … Continue reading

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Robin’s Thoughts on Rock Bottom

It was a horrible six months for me at the start of 2003. I had a major psychiatric Meltdown, was hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital for the first time, went on short-term disability, was diagnosed with a severe and chronic … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Know What to Do!”

In August 2003, Robin’s life had completely hit rock bottom, from her perspective.  In seven months she had gone from living in her own apartment and working full-time at a job she felt good about, with co-workers who liked and … Continue reading

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“I Feel Like I’m Losing Control Again.”

The weekend before Robin was supposed to resume working full-time in June 2003, she stopped taking all of her medications. She admitted she was feeling unsure about managing the stress, and was feeling pressure from me to refrain from acting … Continue reading

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Robin Discusses Her World View

Prior to and during my Meltdown year, if I had been asked directly about my religious beliefs I would have identified myself as agnostic. My dad attended the Methodist Church while he was a child, and I was baptized in … Continue reading

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