Banged-up but battling

Hey everyone,

I know it’s been a long time since I posted a health update. I’m still dealing with what has become a major depressive episode.

It might be the worst one I’ve had in a couple of years as I’m dealing with both severe mental distress and significant physical discomfort.

This one has been rough for the past two-and-a-half months. During that time, I’ve been pretty bloody useless and in some pretty damn gloomy places, but I’m trying to fight every day to get better.

I’ve worked with my psychiatrist to increase my medication, and I’ve been speaking regularly with my therapist. Aunt Annie has been wonderfully supportive as well, and I know that there are many people who I only know through the internet who are rooting for me, and that keeps me from bottoming out.

I have been trying to follow the Wings as best I can during this time, but when one is really depressed, one’s concentration goes down, so I’ve not pored over every syllable. There are times that I’ve been too gloomy to even watch games, too, and those days have been particularly dark.

As the trade deadline approaches, not being able to talk hockey with you is really difficult and very disappointing.

I can’t promise that I’ll be back on Monday, here or on Twitter, but I will keep working to break through this depression and get back to working for you.

I miss my work. I miss my hockey friends. I miss talking about “my” Red Wings. I am working very hard to battle through a severe depressive episode. I hope to see you soon.

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George Malik

My name is George Malik, and I'm the Malik Report's editor/blogger/poster. I have been blogging about the Red Wings since 2006, when MLive hired me to work their SlapShots blog, and I joined Kukla's Korner in 2011 as The Malik Report. I'm starting The Malik Report as a stand-alone site, hoping that having my readers fund the website is indeed the way to go to build a better community and create better content.

8 thoughts on “Banged-up but battling”

  1. really missing your redwing coverage george , best hockey report in detroit . ‘ get on the good foot ‘ !

  2. Be strong. It is always darkest at midnight. Prayers and hope for your eventual recovery.

    1. Ditto on all of the above, George.
      My best for you from the non-hockey world of South Texas.

  3. Just get your self in good shape!!! There are a lot of Wings years ahead.

    There it is in a nut shell, George.

    Really Hockey, Wings and everything else are Far Far down the list of things you may have to do. I will say, your last post did appear far more up beat.

    This is just a reminder, LOL

  4. You’re bookmarked on my phone and I check in often… glad to see a new post! Mental health is incredibly nuanced and your situation is unique to you. Be compassionate with yourself. The only timeline is yours and you shouldn’t compare yourself to anyone else. Get well, we’ll be here.

    As an aside, I’ve had my own health challenges and have found two tools that help me quite a bit to be able to do some level of work: speech to text for writing, and speechify for reading… hope that helps…

    Good luck George.

  5. Concentrate on things to be thankful for, even in these dark times. Enjoy the simplest of things fully. Best wishes for wellness soon. I had serious spinal surgeries in 2020 after breaking my spine. Surgeons said I would never ice skate again given the impairment to my legs. I have proven them wrong. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Stay Redwing strong.

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