Greymouse - you are completley right, depression is an illness.
I can understand your feelings as I have just spent 4 months in hospital and I have lost a few friends as they do not understand what is wrong with me. I suffer from severe depression, anxiety disorder and post traumatic stress disorder.
My family and best friends have been really supportive and have being understanding but there have been some friends who have been really scared of it all and have dissappeared. If I had been in hospital with a physwical illness there would have been no problem but because its an illness that you cannot see they can't understand at all.
I met a really good friend in hospital and thats one good thing that came out of it all. I have also realised who my true friends are now and I value the friends that have been wonderful to me. If m other friends get in touch now Im not in hospital anymore I dont think I can see them as too much has happened to me and I feel like Im a bit different now. If they cant be there for me through good and bad times, they arent really true friends in my opinion.
I have only really started to realise while I was in hospital that I am actually ill and I wouldn't wish this on anyone. I know I will get better eventually, it just takes time.
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