Did you know that about 1 in 10 adults are affected by depression in any given year? This doesn’t include the 1 in 8 adolescents or the 1 in 33 children affected by depression in any given year. Major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the world.

That being said, welcome to Developed in Darkness. I hope to capture what life is like when attempting to manage depression. I hope to show the ups and the downs. I strive to show more highs than lows but life can be funny. What better way to do this than to give everyone an insider’s point of view?

My name is Kate. I’m a 27 year old mother of four amazing children that range from a few months to seven years old. I’m an aspiring author, a photographer, an artist, and I am one of the one in ten people struggling with depression. I was diagnosed, officially, at 17 years old. My depression began, however, at the age of twelve. After nearly 16 years, I wish I could say I’m cured but I would be lying to you. I can say that I’ve learned to adapt and survive. I have a much better handle on it now than I did 10 years ago or even 5 years ago.

I promise that not every post will have something to do with depression. This blog doesn’t have a “niche.” It’ll have personal posts about my life and my journey as I work toward becoming a published author. It will have art posts because drawing, painting, scrapbooking, and other art projects help me clear my mind. Photography posts will also be found because I am the owner of my own photography business. Beware of random rants on many subjects. I’ve learned I’m rather opinionated. Who knows what else you’ll find here? I’m not even sure yet!

I’m hoping this blog can give others who are struggling some hope and maybe even some inspiration. Another goal I have for this blog is to use it to keep surviving – to keep moving forward. Welcome. Please enjoy the ride.