Depression – The person behind the disorder



It’s easy to think of mental illness purely in terms of symptoms and statistics, but what of the people behind the disorders? What’s the reality for them? Here Jackie attempts to explain what it’s like living with depression…

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Whitby Shores, Whitby, Ontario

By Aisha Ashraf

An autistic Irish immigrant in a cross-cultural marriage, Aisha Ashraf is the archetypal outlander, writing to root herself through place and perspective. Published in The Rumpus, The Maine Review, River Teeth, HuffPost and elsewhere, her work explores the legacy of trauma, the nature of being an outsider and the narrow confines of belonging. She currently lives in Canada.

2 comments

  1. I can really relate to this. Really. I am going to share this with a number of people in Jamaica, including Mensana, an NGO support group that helps people with mental illness. She IS very brave, I applaud her. I am sure her words will help many people understand. It is brilliant that you posted this. Jackie is a wonderful person. Thanks.

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