When It Hurts So Bad: On Fighting a Depressive Episode
“I feel like I’m hyperventilating. I can’t stop crying and I can’t breathe. I’m afraid I’m going to drown on dry land.”
Bassey Ikpi is a Nigerian born, American raised writer and poet. With social commentary being a focus of her work, Bassey has recorded original poems for the Kaiser Foundation’s HIV/AIDS campaign, Knowing Is Beautiful and There is No Comfort In Silence for Global Grind and World AIDS Day, as well as an original poem used in an animated short produced by global organization, Girl Effect. She has written for several media outlets on the topic of mental health and pop culture. She is the founder of mental health NGO The Siwe Project and is working on several creative projects.
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It had all started about five or six years earlier, around the first time I fell in love. I didn’t know when it would end.
I have never been anything but this ragged, medicated self; I have never been less aware of the ground beneath my feet.