Accepting a Diagnosis of Depression: One Editor's Journey

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Stephanie Gallman, a CNN assignment editor, recently wrote an opinion piece describing her inner struggle to accept her depression diagnosis. When she received her diagnosis in August, she recalled being shocked and in a state of denial. As Gallman reviewed her personal history with her mental health care provider, she began to realize that perhaps the bouts of anxiety she experienced throughout her youth were not simply part of growing up. Her family history of mental illness confirmed her doctor’s diagnosis.

For someone who self-identifies as vivacious and happy-go-lucky, it was extremely difficult for Gallman to come to terms with her diagnosis of depression (the “D-bomb” as she calls it). When expressing why she was in denial about her mental state, she wrote, “I hate depressed people.” Her own prejudices of people with depression and fear of the stigma associated with a diagnosis caused Gallman to resist help. She was afraid of being perceived as a “Debbie Downer” but made the critical error of mistaking people with depression for people with pessimistic personalities.

Gallman eventually overcame her fear, but many others do not. Join us April 28, 2012 at BU’s Nickerson Field for Strides Against Stigma, an event to help end the stigma of mental illness.

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