We all face dark times in our lives, and how we handle them makes us who we are.
Chief meteorologist for ABC News and Good Morning America, Ginger Zee, has confessed that she attempted to take her own life when she was just 21 years old.
“I’d lost all hope,” Zee said of her mindset. “I just shut down. It wasn’t worth living. I was wasting people’s time and space.”
The now 36-year-old familiar face had to weather many storms before landing her dream career.
“My professional life, in a strange way, has always been going up, up, up, while my personal life was just the complete opposite,” she says.
Shortly after graduating from Valparaiso University in Indiana, Zee admitted that she took every pill she could find in her medicine cabinet. Her then-roomate and ex-boyfriend realized what she had done and got her to the hospital. The mix, that included Benadryl and other pills turned out to be non-lethal, thankfully.
It was this suicide attempt that lead to her diagnosis of depression.
“Depression for me has been a couple of different things — but the first time I felt it, I felt helpless, hopeless and things I had never felt before. I lost myself and my will to live,” Zee said. “It doesn’t matter what’s relative to another person’s tragedy, or whatever it is that’s making you feel low. In that moment, my brain, and probably a chemical somewhere within me, said, ‘You need to kill yourself.’ The only voices I could hear were telling me, ‘You are not worth it.'”
Now that Zee is a mother her perspective has changed and she is no longer shying away from her past.