Chris J Powell

Today, Tomorrow and Forever

Life has a funny way of kicking you in the teeth sometimes.  Sunday’s are usually reserved for a review of a Linux Operating System but today I find myself sitting in a cafe while my dirty clothes are scrubbed, spun and dried and I can’t help but think…why me? If I could get a do over on the past year I would gladly take it but then again, I would not be the person that I am had it not been for the challenges that I have faced in my past…you see despite the fact that I have lost so much in the past year…I have gained so much as well. You see that is the funny thing about Mental Illness, the darkness comes from everywhere and often times when you least expect it.  I have spent many a night tossing and turning trying to make sense of the thoughts and emotions that come over me and then I realize that the waves of pain that hit me…are not all of it is bad or negative (although the reality is…most … Read more

Life Ain't Easy…But It Is Life!

There has been much talk around Facebook & Twitter about the tragic death of Robin Williams who succumbed to the inner demons that Depression bring out.  Depression is a silent killer that takes hold of more than 121 million people around the world each year according to the Conference Board of Canada and it is estimated that 1 in 5 people will experience some form of Mental Illness at some point in their lives.  That in of itself is a scary number, but what is even scarier is that fact that almost 2/3 of those people will never seek help for the voices of doubt that creep in upon them. My personal experiences with the demons of Depression, Anxiety and Panic are well documented and so is the lack of support that is actually available.  It lead to the loss of income, a marriage and thinking back, the estrangement of friends and family through out my 42 years.  It is funny that a disease that affects so many actually has far less support from the medical community here in Canada and … Read more

Infographic of the Week – Facts About Mental Illness

It is funny, when I started blogging 3 years ago I used it as a way for connecting with my customers and promoting myself as a trusted partner for their businesses.  The transformation of my writing and the topics that I look to have stayed fairly consistent but recently I have found that I need to start sharing more about my personal life and some of the challenges that I am facing.  The reality is, I am part of a silent group that is both discriminated against and ridiculed…you see I am one of the 450 million people in the world that is suffering from Depression. It is not easy…in fact it is incredibly hard.  While I do have great days (this weekend for example)…I am finding that little triggers in my life are causing me to fall very fast into a tail spin that is hard to pull out of, and once that downward spiral starts…well I leave a path of burned bridges and a wake of secondary pain all around me.  I don’t have to suffer alone, I … Read more