Posted by: Marie | August 9, 2010

(374) Spotlight: The Gallows Pole

Post #374

Spotlight on a Great Blog

I have been perusing many therapy and mental health related blogs over the past few months and have found quite a number that I really like and have added to my blogroll.

Some of those blogs are of exceptional value to me — I feel compelled to call attention to them, as is the case with the blog I’m highlighting in this post. You may ask, “What qualifies as exceptional value?” Well, I value the following:

1) An overall focus on healing and moving forward — that doesn’t necessarily mean there is an absence of negative material; but rather, that it is balanced with solution-oriented insights;

2) Originality — while links to and reuse of enlightening material is good, original content is even better;

3) Relevancy — the majority of the posts are related to therapy and the therapeutic process;

4) Level of activity — the author(s) keeps the material fresh.

So, here is one blog that I feel qualifies as “highly valuable”:

The Gallows Pole

[Update: This blog has been deleted since the time this blog post was published]

Here is what the author writes about himself and his blog:

“I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety since I was in high school. My symptoms started manifesting themselves mostly as severe acute anxiety — basically severe panic attacks. These attacks began to happen with such regularity that they started to affect my daily life. As the attacks persisted, so did prolonged bouts of severe depression. For many years I suffered without ever really seeking treatment. Finally, my wife demanded that I get treatment. I was reticent, however. I thought of the stigma, and more to the point, I stigmatized myself. I thought that the stigma was true; that I was truly weaker than everyone else. Admitting that I had these mental illnesses was tantamount to admitting to deep and profound character flaws. Thoughts of suicide were always close to the surface. Through my wife’s love (and her persistence), I eventually sought the help I needed, but not before reaching at least two troughs of depression so deep that I was fortunate to ever climb my way out of them.

“My depression, as diagnosed by healthcare professionals, was described to me as severe. I was always able to obtain treatment on an outpatient basis, but there were several instances where that almost was not an option. I provide this information only by way of making clear the severity of my illness. At its worst, it is almost unbearable. But I survived. Now working every day toward recovery, I hope to share my painful experiences with others. It remains a struggle, but writing about my experiences has helped me maintain some distance from my illness. So began this blog. It helps me maintain my perspective; perhaps it will help other people as well. Thanks for looking in.”

If you are so inclined, I encourage you to swing by this blog and enjoy!


  1. Thanks so much for your link — I really appreciate it. I enjoy yours very much as well. Your blog helped inspire me to tell my own story.

    Thanks again!

    • My pleasure! You are brave to tell your story!

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