I've harped on this before and it's time I bring it up again.
If you're feeling sad all of the time, the things you enjoy are losing their luster, you don't want to hang out with your friends, you don't want to even talk to your friends, you start feeling hopeless or you feel empty, seek out professional help.
I've suffered with depression for a long time. I was raised with the family mindset of, everyone can benefit from therapy at some point in their life. I realize it may seem like I don't have room to talk since I've been suffering from depression for a long time even though I've been in therapy for a long time. However, most people respond well to therapy and medications (if needed). For most people it's a temporary bump in an otherwise happy existence. For me, I think I let it get too far along and didn't do anything about it. I can't begin to tell you how far I fell, how close I came to doing something really stupid. If you can, do NOT let it get to that point for you. Get help sooner rather than later.
Don't think something catastrophic has to have happened to you for you to be depressed. Some of us just didn't learn effective or good ways to deal with the stress in our lives. Me personally, nothing major has ever happened to send me spiraling into depression. I have issues with my boss, I have a poor self image, I have no confidence, I see myself as a bad person even though I only try to help other people. None of those are something each of you have had to deal with, I just can't get past those issues and they go around and around in my head until I've convinced myself that my friends don't really like me and are laughing at what I say behind my back, that my wife doesn't really love me despite what she says and I could go on an on. I just don't want to ever see any of you have to get to this point before you get help.
And yes, the reason I'm posting this is because I have hit another low point in my depression, the world looks horrible and all I want to do is withdraw and never talk to anyone again, which is why I made myself post this.
The definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.
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