Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 9/20/2009 7:15:15 AM (GMT-6)
Welcome to HealingWell ! I have found the support, validation and encouragement that I receive here, to be so helpful and healing. I hope and trust that will be your experience as a member of the HW family.
I am sorry to hear you are struggling and I read your post carefully. You mention drinking so I am not sure if that is an issue for you and you also mention reckless behavior which does sound to me like you are in need of some medical evaluation.
I am so sorry to hear that you are going through this tough time and we are here to support you. We do, however, tend to encourage people to seek medical advise re a diagnosis. We are peer support only and can not take the place of a professional.
I am glad you have read through the stories. Each person has their own unique story and you may see some of your same problems but no two people are the same. Please know we are here to support you as you seek your diagnosis.
Start with making an appointment with a Doctor even if it is not your own family Doctor as I do not feel it is wise for you to wait until you are back home.
Again a warm welcome to HealingWell.
You are right this is the first step and you have made it right here. You have joined a peer support group. That was a very brave step for you.
Support groups are a place for people to give and receive both emotional and practical support as well as to exchange information. People with health conditions, as well as their friends and families find support groups to be a valuable resource and get confirmation that their feelings are "normal", educate others, or just let off steam.
I have given you good advice based on my own life experience. I have had depression for 27 years and I started by reaching out to a friend when I had my first episode. This wonderful friend took me to the Doctors and helped me get into therapy.
Coming here to this wonderful site was a great decision and now we will all try to offer our own personal good advice to you. Take care and be well.