Have you ever suffered from depression?
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And, yes, I've fought it for years. Thought of taking my life many times, gave it a pretty good go on several occasions. When #1 came, I understood why I was never successful. And as I sit here, with #2 sleeping peacefully on my chest… I am so, so glad I never was.
It is interesting what we all share here and what we have in common. I love this community and everyone who posts here, we all fight battles. I hope that we can keep reminding one another that life is good. It is. Even when the darkness creeps in, there is light.
yup. and robin williams' death finally made me "come out" about it in my blog: http://www.wrekehavoc.com/2014/08/someone-saved-my-life-tonight/
Every day for the past 25 yrs or so. I've been on every med known, therapy is a crock, it's just something you have to deal or die with. Sometimes you don't know if you'll want to be bothered with waking the next day.
Everyday you make it through is an accomplishment. Most people will never go through that though.
yes, but for me my deep depression lessened when I stopped drinking and using opiates. For a while I went on an anti-depressant (while still an addict) Welbutrin, and it was the only time in my life that I thought seriously about killing myself. Thankfully I realized what was causing it and got off. So heartbreaking that he was in so much pain 🙁
One time. My ex husband had severe bipolar and my nerves just could take it anymore. Got put on an antidepressant and weaned myself off 1 year later. Been good since.
I'm 22 fyi
Yep. Several suicide attempts. Several hospital inpatient admissions. Almost a decade of counselling. Intensive therapy for 2 years (5 days a week, then 4 days, then 3). Feeling pretty good at the mo, but I still have self destructive tendancies. One of them is answering this question which is a painful reminder on what started out as a nice morning. Sheesh! I'm going to have to buy shampoo now, lift my spirits hehe
Yes. For the last 17 years. Some days, I just can't.
Thanks Vera for helping out there. I couldn't remember who said it. Seems like someone else used that term as well. Or maybe it's so apt it's been adopted by many.
Not depression. PTSD and panic disorder, though. Often the panic wears me out and I "feel" somewhat depressed and exhausted, but that isn't the same as being biochemically depressed. It's just a concurrent symptom of PTSD and Panic Disorder.
Yes. Have been on medicine for 20+ years. It's a condition you deal with daily, and what has helped me most is realizing my limitations and not being too hard on myself.
For very brief periods of time, yes. I would never want anyone to feel that way all the time.
I've been diagnosed with severe depression for 13 years. Finding the proper anti-depressants, doctor, coping mechinisims are all key. With doing all of the above I still have days where I just think "it would be so much easier if…"
Yes, since I was a child. The one "good" thing that's come of Robin's death has been the discussions. They won't last, but at least they're happening!http://hatetosaytoldyouso.blogspot.com/2014/08/robin-williams-is-bullshit.html
Most of my life…
Ever since I was 13 and I still struggle with it now (I'm 47) and I tried to kill myself 3 times. Prozac literally saved my life. I now take 40 mg a day and it changed my life.
Yes and anxiety. If I am unemployed or between jobs during the summer etc. it can get really bad. Then anxiety kicks in with regards to finding a new job or worrying about the next school year. It is terrible and I can see how people just give up.
Yes. Just yes.
Yes, I do have Major Depressive Disorder amongst other things. I always wonder how much is genetics.
I think @StewMcG described it very well. It is so hard for people who have never experienced it to understand.
Situational depression. I work at a mental health clinic for individuals diagnosed with mdd, bipolar and schizophrenia, so I see it on a daily basis. I don't claim to know or even understand but I empathize. Its hard a battle.
Yes, depression since my teens; I also had severe anxiety as a child, but amazingly no one knew but me (good actress). I now am grateful and thankful for SSRIs to keep me stable.
Eleven years and counting. Finally finding the appropriate medication and receiving Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helped enormously, but it's still a daily struggle.
Lolz. Needed a little laughter there. I better get my mirror out and check on mine.
Which reminds me. – laughter is awesome medicine. I'm not saying it can cure clinical depression, but it sure can help a case of the blues. So thank u Lady H!
@fancys. Lol! (U make a point, but then again what would the world be with out a woman's emotions? That's a rhetorical question btw)
Yes. A mood stabilizer really helped me, and still does. I can function without the wild mood swings. Thank god. I tried illegal drugs, but nothing ever worked as well as medication.
Me? No. But a few friends and family. One suicide.
If there's anything I've learned from bearing witness to their struggles, it's that depression doesn't care who you are or what you have.
I do suffer from depression, and I have nil social skills, just like Robin Williams. It sucks.
I don't know if it counts as depression, but when I was a teenager I had terrible panic attacks. It was like watching a stained glass window shatter in slow motion. Haven't had any of these in years though. I'm – so – stable – now – it's – sick.
Black Dog is what Churchill called it. He also struggled with depression.
I deal with depression and anxiety/PTSD. Some days are better than others.
Wishing strength and love to all of those fighting the good fight.
I love that idea, @Riven. Love it hard.
All the hugs to those dealing with MI issues. The one thing about Robin Williams' death is that I've not read one horrible thing about him and so many people are rallying around getting help and destigmatizing MI. I want to stand on a desk! 🙂
@Sherry, I've heard that "black dog" phrase before, but I can't remember where. A very apt description.
Debilitating, no will to live, hurts just to breathe…been there; hated that.
Wow for everyone who's felt suicidal or attempted suicide and deal with this horribly crippling affliction I send you a hug. I cannot imagine the pain you fight every day. My heart goes out to you.
And I only felt depressed when I was around 14. My husband suffers from depression and when the black dog arrives it's all I can do to pull him out. I hope I am able to do so. Life would be shitty without him.
Yes. Attempted suicide twice. Still here. Still fighting. Will probably always be fighting.
No…but I'm a little depressed right now. My boyfriend is being stupid.
You all know you can email Enty with your suggestions, right? Instead of posting them in comments where they might not be seen. Goes the same with articles. I know he does read email.
I have not only been depressed but stood on the edge of the abyss of suicide. To this day I am not sure why I'm still here, but I managed to crawl out of the pit of darkness and have stayed out. It's hard for some to understand why, I do understand, hopefully I won't ever be on that edge again.
No problem, I also recommend AFSP, I do an Out of the Darkness walk every year for my brother, looks like I'll be doing it for Mr Keating this year too.
I have severe depression disorder and I am currently on medication. Without it I can cry over any set back big or small. It physically hurt at times, making it difficult to get out of bed just to take a shower.
Even with my medication I have suicidal thoughts almost daily. I don't have a plan nor do I actually want to do it, but the thoughts don't go away.
Like a monster tied to my ankle. Some days there's slack in the rope. Some days it's close enough to latch on. It never leaves, but sometimes it's easier coping.
U REALLY SHOULD REALLY GIVE A KINDNESS REVEAL RATHER THAN A TRIGGER ENTERN!!! IM BEING SERIOUS & I KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT 4 CHRISSAKE
Would it not be easier to establish who has never experienced depression? May be easier to count the numbers.
I have, it was utterly savage and near uncontrollable. And when, if you are lucky enough to, emerge it is like emerging from the most horrendous battle ever fought. When I finally return to sanity I often wonder how I survived while someone else has not.
I feel for Robin Williams. He fought hard undoubtedly. His death is a huge loss.