Dying to beat depression: how 10 induced comas saved a blogger’s life
Heather B Armstrong participated in a study to see if a medically induced coma had an antidepressant effect – and felt dramatically different
In December 2016, Heather B Armstrong phoned her mother from her kitchen floor in tears and told her that she wanted to be dead. With her children thousands of miles away spending Christmas with their father, Armstrong’s ex-husband, and having been abandoned by a date, the blogger-turned-author was alone at home when she felt “overcome with a really bad feeling”.
It was not the first time that she had made such a call, but this felt different. “It’s the night that I called her and I said I don’t feel like I can hold on any more,” says Armstrong, 43, whose website Dooce once earned her the title “queen of the mommy bloggers”.