My name is Craig Hallam, I’m a published author of fiction and ex-Nurse who has written a free ebook called Down Days, a point-of-view insight into what it is like to suffer from depression. It isn’t my first book, but it is the first time I’ve written non-fiction and the first time I’ve ever written about myself specifically, especially with such honesty.
This has not been an easy book to write. There is a story here of the single most petrifying and life-altering experience of my existence. I have lived with a darkness of soul, flirted with suicide, and lost myself. There is also no real end to this story. I am not “better”. I’m not “fixed”. This is a condition that I continue to live with every day.
What’s the idea?
It’s pretty simple.
My idea was to show people what it is like to live with depression. The symptoms, the fears, the things that Those-Like-Me have to tackle and consider on a daily basis to make it through in a society that fundamentally doesn’t understand them.
I also wanted to release it as a free PDF, rather than through my publisher, so that anyone who might find some comfort or some perspective in it will be able to do so without barriers. That the world sees depressives as they really are and come to understand us is too important to attach a price tag. That’s why you won’t see any adverts on this blog or any “donation” buttons.
Secondly, that people might share their own insights here. The blog aspect of Down Days will have few posts from myself. Instead, I would like this to be a place for people who suffer from depression, and those who live with them, to share their own stories. The comments sections will hopefully open up some dialogue that people might find support from others.
WARNING: This site is for support. I will be moderating comments
and deleting any that are anything other than supportive or relevant
What it isn’t
I’m not here to be a guru, a guide or an authority on depression. This isn’t some self-help bunkum. I’m not telling you what to do or how to deal with your own Down Days. The book is there purely as an educational tool to show what it’s like for Those-Like-Me. The blog itself is there for people to share their own experiences.
For Those-Like-Me, maybe you can take some solace in the knowledge that you aren’t alone.
For The Interested, I hope you might gain some new understanding or perspective that you didn’t have before..
That’s it. Simple and, hopefully, effective.
Thanks for reading.