Depression is a mental health disorder or illness or whatever you want to label it in your mind but it is real. I have lived with it for 26 years. I know I am not just have a sad moment and my dx is Major Depressive Disorder.
Your right a lot of people don't understand it but we al do here so you keep on posting and good luck at the Pdoc.
Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
What you are experiencing is indeed an illness. Not unlike how we call cancer or the flu illnesses. Depression must be treated as such. You deserve to have a happy and balanced life. It's ironic that you should post this, as I asked my psych doc a very similiar question and was reassured that what I was experiencing was an illness. You're right that unless you have experienced depression, it cannot be fully understood by others even those with the best of intentions. Good for you for seeking treatment. Keep up with it. Therapy and the right combination of meds can take time to achieve. You WILL succeed!! Best wishes and prayers to you.
Eli, I would be happy to just have depression for an illness. I have had cancer and have very bad asthma. Would trade not having those for my controlled depression.