Goldstein: It's okay not to be okay

Six-time Winter and Summer Olympics medallist Clara Hughes, has talked about her own experiences...

Six-time Winter and Summer Olympics medallist Clara Hughes, has talked about her own experiences with depression, as the national spokesperson for Bell Media's Let's Talk campaign to fight the stigma of mental illness. QMI AGENCY

Lorrie Goldstein, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 3:18 PM ET

On Tuesday, Bell Media will conduct its annual “Let’s talk” campaign about mental illness.

I’m all for it. We need to end the stigma surrounding mental illness and talking about it honestly is one way to do it.

I’ve been diagnosed with clinical depression twice in my life.

I was lucky. If my family doctor, Dr. Bernie Gosevitz, hadn’t realized it and referred me to a psychiatrist — my friend Dr. Irvin Wolkoff — I don’t know where I’d be today.

If my wife and children hadn’t been supportive, if my friends hadn’t been loyal, if the Toronto Sun hadn’t been fair, if my colleagues hadn’t been understanding, I don’t know what would have happened to me.

Today, years later, I see Dr. Wolkoff once every two weeks (at the start it was two or three times a week) and, under his care, I take a mild anti-depressant, once a day. I’m fine.

I know, from personal experience, there is no way I could have “willed” myself to be well when I was clinically depressed.

 


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