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Where In The World Are You, Readers? [INTERACTIVE PROJECT]


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Hello. I’m Chris.

I live with severe depression and in September of 2014 I unsuccessfully hanged myself – my friends saved me. 

I’m also a history/geography nut.Picture of Chris, the blogger of surviving the specter.

I’ve seen some pretty interesting locations showing up in the stats portion of surviving the specter, and am interested to know where visitors are viewing from. If you would kindly let me know where you are from and what drew you to the site, I would appreciate your thoughts.

Please feel free to include any other comments or even ideas for future posts.

If you’re interested in being a guest blogger, check out the guest blogging tab and email me your work – I’d love to read what you have.

As always, thank you for taking your time to help with this project and may you find peace through your valley, my friend.

Whether you’re a follower or you just stopped in to see this cool image, would you go ahead and let us know where you live in the Comments section?

Inquiring minds want to know!

 

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Specter

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When I first began thinking of writing about clinical depression, I stopped thinking. I put it to rest. Why would I consider doing what I was considering? What would I do in the face of my family and friends when they found out? I felt so shameful. So inadequate. So inferior. And I felt so alone. Especially as a male. Men aren’t supposed to talk about our feelings. We’re not supposed to cry. Not show weakness. Not show emotion.

specter_003This…thing I had, made me do all those things. And it wouldn’t leave. It just lingered there for years. It reared its ugly head more than I could handle. I saw its sinister teeth glistening in the shadows. Its chipped, stiletto nails sliding around the corner and scratching on the walls of my soul.

Later, through years of counseling and medicine, doctors help me put a name to this thing and they called it depression. I’ve come to call it, Specter.

A big step to my living with depression and being haunted by Specter was the realization of what I was going through was real. It was not imagined. I was not a freak or different because I was going through it. I was normal. The Lord just dealt me a hand that was different from other folks in my life. That’s a-whole-‘nother talk which I imagine I’ll address in the future. The biggest help to me was decoding the codex. Once I discovered the following four items, I could live with my depression. Yours may be different my friend. You may have less. You may have more. There’s no standard here. And that’s perfectly fine.

Here are four truths I’ve learned from my years of living with depression:

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My Story


NOTE TO READER: This post is a transparent account of my life with clinical depression and suicide.

I don’t know if this post will go to press. It’s currently in draft status but I’ve felt an intense calling to publish it. May is Mental Health Awareness month so that may probably be the ideal time to post it.

My History

I was diagnosed years ago with clinical depression. Not the kind that makes you feel sad after your girlfriend breaks up with you, or explains why you feel under the weather when the weather is under. No, this is much blacker than that. Those of you who live in my world know exactly what I’m talking about. Those that don’t, please be thankful that you may have a hard time understanding.

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Posted by on 02/06/2015 in Depression, Suicide

 

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My First Blog Post


Hello there! Welcome aboard and thank you for stopping by. My name is Chris and I am a survivor of clinical depression as well as suicide. Since this my first post I would like to publish my objectives for our time together.

 

My blogging objectives include:

 1.  Providing a positive forum for folks. This should be a safe and healthy place for our brothers and sisters to express what they are going through. To achieve this ends I request everyone’s help by practicing the following:

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