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I Never Understood Depression Until my Mother Died From It

Growing up with a depressed parent was normal. Does that make sense? I didn't know any difference. I thought every parent cried themselves to sleep. That all mothers ended up in the psych ward at least 5x times a year. That most parents had addiction issues and thus slip ups happened every now and then. Because that was my normal. Depression was our family's normal. We didn't live by days of the week so much or special events; I measured time in the dark and light bouts of her illness My normal was doctors and meds being prescribed to her; her lazy Susan of pills that sat upon our microwave.
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