Martha's story

A woman

Over coffee, Martha explains how severe depression left her wanting to end her life and unable to have normal conversations with people.

"I woke up every day with suicide on my mind, and I went to bed with suicide on my mind," Martha says.

Nearly broke, her life became a "dark maze of mental illness," she says.

She went into the hospital for treatment at least a dozen times. "I realized what it meant to be on the margins of society," she says.

Now recovered, Martha directs an agency that advocates for people who have mental illnesses. Her work allows her to be an "edgy voice" for those like her who need help to recover.

"People do get better," she says.

Martha's story reflects her experiences as told in an interview. The photograph is not of Martha, to protect her privacy.

For more information, see the topic Depression.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry

Current as ofNovember 20, 2015