*peeks in to the depression blog after seeing it many times and not posting to it, deciding now is the right time to do so*
Hello, everyone! *smiles warmly*
I just wanted to say that depression is a serious thing, and I have been dealing with it for a long time now, quite unknowingly for the first several years of it. It seemed normal to me, at first. And I truly believe that it is a normal part of everyone's life. It is an emotion, like joy, sadness, fear, happiness, etc.
I was (somewhat) recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which, for those who don't know, is characterized by bouts of extreme mania, almost giddy with joy, and the desire to act, often impulsively...as well as bouts of extreme depression, which I suffered with in silence for many years. My mania was not so much mania, now that I think about it, as it was anxiety and worry. That, combined with the depressive aspect of the bipolar condition, led me several times to, at the very least, contemplate suicide. I hated the constant worry and panic, and just wanted it to end.
Fortunately for me, I have a loving mother who is a psychologist, and have enough of a conscience to realize that I would really be hurting others, not myself. But still, I didn't know what to do. I am currently on antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, which have been keeping my mood stable. I would like to be off them, but I fear what might happen.
Now, I am FAR from an expert in psychology, myself (much to my disappointment). But I would urge anyone dealing with severe depression to seek help immediately, and don't wait for it to get as bad as it did for me. It's difficult, but not impossible, to see the light through the clouds.
That's all I have, and if it helps someone in some small way, then I've done my job. I ask for nothing in return for my help, only that you pass the message of hope on to someone else who's hurting.