Hi! My name is Lauren. If you've found your way to this blog you either A) already know me and a little of my story, or B) have been googling depression. Either way, I'm so glad you're here.
I've started Balancing Imbalance because I have spent the last year focusing on just that- balancing life with chemical imbalance. In that year, I've discovered the importance of being open and honest about depression. I've found that there are multitudes of people suffering because we are not culturally willing to discuss what's going on in our brains. We are shameful, scared, embarrassed. We are silent. I believe with my whole heart that a more open dialogue about depression and mental illness will help us all make it through.
Currently I am diagnosed with major depressive disorder, general anxiety disorder, and attention deficit disorder. Quite the cocktail, amiright? After living with depression for most of my life and a severe case of antenatal depression (depression during pregnancy), I spent the last year focusing hard on managing my depression. Not just surviving with it, but thriving with it. Over the year I've discovered two things- I love trying new management techniques, and I am not satisfied with the resources out there for managing depression; especially antenatal depression. The resources weren't there when I needed them so I've made it my goal to be that resource for someone else if I can. Not pregnant? No worries. I aim to make this blog accessible for people living with different kinds of depression- in all it's varying forms.
Balancing Imbalance will be a place for me to share different strategies and techniques for depression management, and a place for me to share my struggles and little slices of life. I intend to be frank and honest, even if it's not particularly flattering. That said, I hope to keep things lighthearted as much as possible! Because we should stop acting like depression is this super serious thing (although it is) that we can't or shouldn't talk about (we should). I truly believe that sharing our stories of depression is one of the most forgiving and therapeutic gifts we can give ourselves.
If you take a look at the sidebar, you'll see four categories. Here's what you can expect from each!
Mental Illness: Tales of life with depression- in a more serious light.
Mental Weirdness: Stories about the weirder, and often hilarious, side of chemical imbalance.
Mental Wellness: Where I share different techniques for managing chemical imbalance. I use a wide range of tools- from modern western medicine and therapy, to hippy dippy meditation stones and jewelry.
Yoga: Because yoga has been such a powerful resource for me, and I will likely post about it often.
Thank you for reading! I am so excited to share my journey with you.
From my light to yours, namaste.
Ps- Join me next time for more of my story. There's a funny bit at the end. Get ready for it. <3