I’m very moved by the responses I’ve received, so thank you. I don’t want to misappropriate a term that’s important to a lot of people, but since I struggle to find an alternative, it’s like coming out of the closet in some ways. This is who I am. Many people didn’t know this about me. I’m not better or worse than anyone else because of it and while it’s an important part of who I am, it doesn’t wholly define me either. I have mental health issues. Like someone who has diabetes I can manage my depression with both medication and lifestyle adjustments. It’s a relief to just have it out on the table, so I don’t feel like I need to dance around certain topics like living at home, not having a drink, etc.
Letting people know hopefully will pull back the curtain on some misconceptions about depression, anxiety and alcoholism. Thank you all for your support and friendship.