Thursday, January 21, 2010

My Secret Society

I starting to think that depression has admitted me to a secret society of depressed women. It's super-duper secret: none of us knows who else belongs.

A couple of weeks ago I told the Bible study group I'm in that I've been dealing with clinical depression and asked them to pray for me. The response was awkward and caring. This morning I bumped into a woman from that group and she pulled me aside and whispered that she also suffers from depression. She told me that she's on medication. Or, no, she didn't tell me -- she mouthed it without sound.

A few other women I know have "confessed" to depression, or told me that someone close to them deals with depression.

I definitely understand the inclination to guard privacy related to mental health, but this seems counter-productive.


  1. Just so you know, I'm also a Pastors Wife and I take anti-depressants. I have a long family history of depression, so I cannot afford to let the matter go unattended. I think it is wonderful that you have been open and honest about this topic! Way to Go!

  2. I know just how you feel. When I announced to our congregation (previous) my struggle with depression I though it would help. I think it was a bad decision. This doesnt' encourage you, I know. But I'm with you. I feel like a leper.

  3. Thank you both for writing. Anonymous, I am so sorry that your congregation did not support you. It sounds like you have moved on from there. God be with you.


Thanks for using this space to share your encouraging words.