British artist and poet, Giles Andreae, who has openly shared his battle with chronic depression, once described the condition this way:

     “Here is the tragedy: when you are the victim of depression, not only do you feel utterly helpless and abandoned by the world, you also know that very few people can understand, or even begin to believe, that life can be this painful. There is nothing I can think of that is quite as isolating as this.”

     It was during my 45th year that Andreae’s assessment of depression would become my reality. As I entered an unforeseen relationship with the disease, I too, felt the sensation of perpetually stumbling in the dark, hopeless, and being vastly misunderstood. Despite the undeniable truth of my situation, I resisted—categorically denied, kicked, screamed, and heightened my opposition with each waking hour. As someone whose work is dedicated to teaching kindness and emotional resiliency, succumbing to a depressive malady seemed absurd. Regrettably, my arrogance and opposition only intensified and prolonged the illness. And what might have been days of desolation became an extended journey into psychological hell.

     For many, openly discussing anxiety, depression, PTSD, Bipolar, and other mental disorders remains taboo. (Whereas physical illnesses result in the delivery of a warm casserole to the victim’s home, offers of rides to the doctor, Get Well cards, and a barrage of compassionate gestures). Mind you, this approach is not due to indifference, but rather, ignorance—a lack of understanding the nature of the disease. It is unfortunate that we live in a time where a psychological condition is considered a sign of weakness. As a result, the most common side effect of depression is self-loathing and especially, shame.

     Perhaps, bestselling author, Brené Brown said it best: “Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change.” Brown also reminds us that to rediscover the light we must first confront what lurks in the dark:

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”     

     Writing Truth Over Shame will likely remain the most distressing undertaking of my career. But that was the point. Choosing truth and vulnerability over humiliation not only becomes a precursor to one’s healing but also has the power to keep our demons at bay. And the reality is, the unpleasant stories, regrets, colorful language, and utter disappointments I have shared here are as much a part of my legacy as any successes I have known. Therefore, in disclosing the accounts which follow, it is my desire that something within these pages may inspire the reader to choose truth over shame, courage above fear, and restore faith that there is light to be found, even in the darkest of times.

With Love,



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