Every single time my safety has been at risk, I’ve been in the grip of an episode. If it weren’t for the patient and thankless remonstrances of my loved ones, things may have turned out differently.

If you have depression and you can see an episode coming, tell your caregiver. Prepare emergency measures such as phone numbers and emergency contacts. And don’t give in to the impulses.

This too, shall pass. The trend is usually upwards. It’s just hard to see when you’re yet in another pit, no matter how shallow it is.