Is anyone else out there living with depression?

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Answered by: Kenneth, An Expert in the Depression: True Stories Category
You may feel alone. Perhaps you've lost interest in the things that used to excite you. The world might seem so cold and unsatisfying. Maybe it feels as if no one can understand you or relate to you. Well do not surrender to those dark thoughts that may be racing through your head for you are not alone. There are more than 350 million people (including myself) living with depression and you just made the first step into you're recovery. Before I decided to seek help, I hadn't even the slightest idea what a mental illness was but on the night I was eventually admitted into a psychiatric hospital, I learned all I needed to know and not even from the mental health specialists but from my fellow patients. The people I met and lived with in the hospital were a key factor in my process of healing. I looked forward to going to group therapy, learning new coping skills, and simply being around others that related to me. There was never any judgment, we were a community focused on helping ourselves and each other. I still consider everyone I had met there, my second family. Along with my counseling, I also received ECT (Electroconvulsive therapy). I know there is still a stigma around it and don't see that changing anytime soon but personally along with all aspects of my treatment, there was no shame or embarrassment. Do not shy away from finding help on account of what others might think. Would you be embarrassed over a case of bronchitis? A mental illness is still an illness and you should treat it as such because if you don't try to get better, like a physical disease it could always get worse. I struggled for years until I eventually reached my breaking point and made an attempt on my life. I was self-medicating and when that made things worse I gave up but like everyone can, I got better and everyday I'm still getting better. Even if it doesn't seem it right now, because at the time I was first dealing with all of this it did not seem like it would, it will get better. There are so many ways to help you and so many people that want to help you. So I encourage you to keep reaching out for a helping hand because there will always be someone reaching back. Seeking help is so important, not only for you but for the others that are out there living with depression that may feel alone or just need an example; someone to show them that it is okay to ask for help. I'm not telling you to do what I did and go stumbling into a psychiatric hospital in the middle of the night bawling your eyes out but if that is what it takes, so be it. Now the last thing I have to say to you is congratulations on your first step to a better life and from the bottom of my heart, I wish you the best of luck.

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