This is me

thJ48GYHLSI will never forget the very first blogs I ever came across on WordPress. I was searching for like-minded buddies and quickly found people from all walks of life speaking candidly about mental health problems.

I was in awe of the humility of complete strangers and their resilience to recount incredibly painful experiences, which often included harrowing tales of child abuse. Until that moment, reliving my own childhood was something I was never able to do, the trauma felt too great, too soul-destroying, but the beast of fear is never as big as we anticipate.

From those early bloggers, came the courage to write about my own experiences. I published my first post in May 2013 and when I compare it with this most recent post from 2015, it feels amazing to see the change and growth.

My name is Cat. I am originally from Scotland in the UK, but have lived in London for twenty years. I write anonymously, not out of shame, but to protect the identity of people you will read about in these posts.

My Travels with Depression has never been a daily post venture,thZWQ1S6TJ although I do take considerable time to answer comments and visit other blogs each day. One of the most important elements of this blogging experience is the sense of community, it means a great deal to me.

I write about the issues that come up in therapy each week, and topics cover just about everything you can imagine. They are explicitly honest and there are times when my finger hesitates on that ‘publish’ button.

Facing the past is painful and humiliating, but it is also incredibly cathartic and this is why I treasure this blog.

“We are only as sick as our secrets”

Please feel free to email me mytravelswithdepression@gmail.com

51 thoughts on “This is me

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  2. Devin

    I agree that it might be a little long, but overall it sounds good. I’m not sure if you could put the same information in a shorter version, if not I wouldn’t worry about it. It’s not boring, so as long as it is within someone’s interest, I don’t think it would be a problem with it being a little longer. Mine will probably end up being long when I do it too. I blog anonymously for the same reasons. When I looked at the assignment, it felt overwhelming so I may not get too it right away.

    Good Job!
    Devin

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    1. Cat Post author

      Yes, I probably will look over it again and see if it can be cut back a little. I would have preferred it shorter. I did find it difficult to do and sometimes the stress gets in the way of creativity. I will be on the lookout for your assignment. Thank you for taking the time to comment, much appreciated 🙂

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  3. Priceless Joy

    I personally don’t think it is too long. I think it is honest and reveals enough about you to help your reader know you and your reason for blogging. I think it is honest, open, and inviting to people who want to follow/read your blog and find out more.

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  4. cardamone5

    A little long, but very inviting. It feels friendly, and welcoming, which is what your about page should do. Good job.

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  5. Ellen

    I like it – it gives a real sense of your personality Cat. Too short, IMO, if anything. Or just right. Everything you wrote seems to belong. It took about a minute to read, if that – how much shorter could it be? Cheers

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    1. Cat Post author

      Hi Ellen… I’m so pleased it catches a sense of my personality because I always worry that none of my posts do. I’ not altogether sure if I could cut back much of it, maybe 25 words, but pleased it still comes across in only just a minute

      Thanks, Ellen, cheers!

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  6. EmWell2

    my finger also hesitates on that ‘publish’ button. Reading your about me made me want to follow you, but I already am. I wrote an about me a month ago and I didn’t want to tweak it yet, so I winged it with this assignment. Your about me also gives me a better idea of what I’d like my future about me to look like. You did a nice job in spite of your stress.

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    1. Cat Post author

      I had a look at your blog and about page, nice job, I did find your ‘about post’ amusing, but sometimes I laugh when I am not supposed to 🙂

      Thank you for commenting, I’m relieved it looks okay 🙂

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  7. mandy smith

    Cat, I truly hope you won’t change this much, unless you want to change up something. But I’ve followed you for so long, and this perfectly tells where you began and where you are now. I created a new About page when I had reached a new place in my healing. I wanted to show people how much blogging helped me. That’s exactly what I get from your new About page. It’s beautiful. It’s Cat. ❤

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    1. Cat Post author

      It was hard enough to write, changes are unlikely, although I could probably lose 25 words, or so. I’m so pleased you like it and that it portrays my last (almost) 2 yrs. Thank you, Mandy 🙂

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  8. therabbitholez

    I don’t think it’s too long, it’s your introduction, and it lets us know what motivates you, I will admit there is a difficulty in setting the right tone, I think mine is too long, but felt I had give some background and where I am now, as you say to see the changes as you go through the year will give you and your readers more perspective.

    Like you I like the community aspect of blogs especially with those that write about mental health, the commonality we have, helps us to support others through their words and mostly I like the feeling that I’m sitting across from someone and chatting which always moprhs into other subjects.

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    1. Cat Post author

      I’m glad the importance of community comes through. I found it incredibly difficult to write and the last two I had were like novels!!!
      I just had another look at your ‘about page’ and I don’t think it’s too long. It gives an accurate description of where you are now
      Thanks for your feedback 🙂

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  9. Crisisalive

    It is a little long, but it doesn’t “read” long. I think it’s perfect and just enough to make us want to visit your page to connect. What you write helps a lot of us identify with different aspects of ourselves, although not the same circumstances but the similar self searching.

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    1. Cat Post author

      I will probably cut it back 25-50 words, but it was difficult to do, so I’ll leave it a few days and approach it with a different head.
      I am pleased you identify in some way, we all have different experiences, but our “self-searching” amounts to the same.
      Thank you for your feedback 🙂

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      1. Crisisalive

        I’m sure it was difficult to write. I had a terrible time trying to figure out what to write on my about page when I first got on here. Still have to re-do.

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  10. Rachel

    I was reading every paragraph wanting to know more and didn’t even take note of the length. I think it’s great that you are so honest and I’m glad that you do press the “publish” button.

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    1. Cat Post author

      Thank you, Rachel, that’s great to know. Hitting publish can often be a challenge, but it’s worth it when I hear people relate in some way
      Thank you so much for your feedback 🙂

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  11. Susan Irene Fox

    Cat, I felt as though we were chatting, hanging out in your living room or in a coffee shop. Quite a nice job. Don’t think it’s too long at all; shows me who you are in a nutshell. Gave me some needed history and just enough of your transformation to make me want to read more.

    Keep blossoming. ❤

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    1. Cat Post author

      That’s so good to know, Susan. I’ve never been too bothered with the about page, but according to WP 101 course, it’s the most important thing since electricity, but it’s good this captures the blog and maybe prepares the reader for what’s to come 🙂 Thank you so much for your feedback. Are you feeling better now?

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  13. mariegriffith

    Cat, I think your about page is a good length. It tells me everything I need to know about your blog. I wish you well in this continued journey and I agree wholeheartedly with the quote at the bottom of your page: “We are only as sick as our secrets”.

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  14. Karen Beth

    I love your about me page … looks like you redid it 🙂 I always love reading about your therapy… I have been with Andy now in therapy 8 years and it’s always amazing when I read other’s experiences in therapy …. healing is an amazing journey 🙂 I am always intrigued to read your journey 🙂

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    1. Cat Post author

      I was doing a blogging 101 course recently and one of the assignments was to re-do the About page. I feel a lot happier with this one, but I suppose, by the very nature of my blog, I will need to rewrite it at some stage, as things change and grow! Healing IS an amazing journey. Thank you, Karen

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  16. D.G.Kaye

    Lovely to make your acquaintance Cat. I found your blog through Mandy’s page. Kindred spirits! And lovely About page here. I wouldn’t change a thing. 🙂 You can’t put a count on words we feel we need to use to express our thoughts and experiences.

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  17. MC

    hi Cat

    So glad to meet you. I totally understand the fake name. I envy the freedom. My blog is under my real name, to advertise myself (self-employed – never worked LOL). I am very tempted to start a blog under a fake name, because there are too many things I’d love to talk about, but can’t this way.

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    1. Cat Post author

      Hi Michelle, very nice to meet you too. Blogging anonymously has been like therapy online for me. Do you have two blogs? I connected to a blog Crows Feet’ from Cates blog last night, but today if I click on your name, “MC” it connects me to Imperfect Cooks. I love the pics on Crows Feet, I know most of those places in Scotland (I’m Glaswegian) and I also enjoyed your family stories… you’re a great writer. Thank you so much for introducing yourself

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      1. MC

        I noticed that Imperfect Cooks thing. Weird! I don’t think it’s me. I say that cautiously, because my brain is rubbish lately. I have co-written blogs with friends in the past. One did have a recipe forum, but as far as I remember I never was on a cooking blog

        I’ve only been to Glasgow twice, with my husband (he’s from Inverness). First time we got lost and ended up going down a one way road in peak hour Christmas traffic he wrong way. OMG… it is funny now, but it wasn’t then! LOL

        That time, we travelled home along the coast up to Skye, through the night. Watching sunrise over the sea was just STUNNING and magic.

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        1. Cat Post author

          That’s weird about the cook blog, but it won’t help your blog because I’ve tried to click on your name for every comment or like you left and they all divert me to the cook blog. The only way you can change this is via your gravatar profile. Just click on your gravatar pic to go to settings

          We spent summers in Kiltarlity in Inverness, love the place

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  18. Trinity

    Hi Cat I just love the way you express yourself. You’re right as always, the blogging world creates communities spontaneously, for those feeling alone and in trouble it makes a lot of difference to be heard and share our own experiences to have good feedback and support from others like us. I’m glad we met here.

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