I have struggled with depression most of my adult life and seek to encourage others who grapple with either chronic despondency or occasional bouts. I hope my journey resonates with some, validates feelings, and sparks the thoughts “I’m not alone” and “I will feel better.” My goals are to save lives and help eradicate the stigma attached to mental illness.
My first book, Surviving Our Parents Mistakes, debuted in 1999, and Transcending Depression in 2020. My articles about depression have appeared on the websites of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the Canadian Mental Heath Association. I live with my wife, Cathy, in Missoula, Montana.
Writing Transcending Depression was a cathartic experience. I wanted to clarify my thinking about mental illness and depression from my own stand-point. Then I thought what I learned from this analysis might benefit others, and that as readers peruse my book, they might come up with some ideas of their own that I haven’t. That’s my prime motivation for writing the book - to reach other people and give them hope.