Escaping the Rabbit Hole is the name of Tracey Maxfield’s book…a compilation of the blog entries, illustration and journaling she did during six dark months starting in 2015 when she fell into a deeply depressive episode.
Maxfield had battled episodes of depression much of her life…but the rabbit hole as she vividly describes falling down was deeper, darker, she took immediate medical leave from her nursing job….she read voraciously…and sought help…but depression often doesn’t LOOK like suffering to those on the outside.
She describes the physical feeling of being encased in cement….suffocating sometimes…her psychologist said WRITE IT DOWN…tell others what you’re feeling
She would describe the roller-coaster sometime minute to minute
She began healing when she started forcing herself to be grateful.
It took medication and a great deal of time to get OUT of the dark hole…and she fears, but is ready if it happens again…sharing painfully real about her mental illness has now given her a passion to help young people…so many young people deeply depressed, suicidal.
Escaping the Rabbit Hole is the name of the book….she says for those suffering…hang onto those moments of light