Depression Can Be Deceiving

People thought I was a criminal...

By Robert Anaya Ramirez
Published on LatinoLA: June 24, 2007

Depression Can Be Deceiving

In 1986, five of my immediate family member died. And every one of those people had made an impression on my life. Some were good, some were not. But I listened and learned from them all, so it was a plus.

After they died I retreated into a shell. I began drinking and using drugs, which inevitably brought trouble with them. So began the cycle.

The thing is, I wasn't able to communicate my feelings. There was no interaction, no therapy that may have helped me deal with the deaths. There were meds available, instead of the self-medicating I was undergoing.

I finally "woke up" in 1996, after spending about 8 years in prison. But just because I had a re-awakening didn't mean I would be released. I was finally released in late 2000, after spending 13 years in prison.

In 1996 I got better, I spoke openly and honestly of my problems, my concerns about my sanity, if I would be able to function in society. In other words, I reached out to mental health workers. Shortly after that I began writing.

My first novel has just been published. "Lenny" ISBN#1-4241-6378-1, is about an Anglo found abandoned on a porch in Nebraska by Mexican migrant workers. As Lenny grows he sees the preferential treatment he receives because of his appearance. And when he discovers the truth about his entrance into the Arce home, he begins his search.

Lenny, too, is misunderstood at times--as I was. But the only difference is Lenny doesnt wake up until it's too late.rn I had to swallow my pride and ask for help, or risk spending the rest of my life in prison. My second novel, "The Nation of Aztlan" is completed. This novel is about a modern-day revolution of The Raza...but one of education and enlightenment, not violence and death. It's about finally uniting as one, becoming a force to be reckoned with in all spectrums of society: political, professional, etc.

Speak out, if you suffer from depression. Help is available if you want it.

Thank you. Robert Anaya Ramirez.

"Lenny" ISBN# 1424163781 available everywhere online.

About Robert Anaya Ramirez:
My name is Robert Anaya Ramirez. I live in Odessa, TX. I am 42 years old and I work for KPEJ FOX 24 television station as a master control operator. I work with at-risk youth and I encourage everyone I meet to vote.

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