I had a very severe depressive episode five years ago - absolutely BLACK depression. I became delusional, thinking that neighbours were spying on me, and I refused to eat thinking that my bowels were blocked. I lost nearly 45 kilograms. I was hospitalized in a private Catholic hospital where only one young female nurse showed genuine concern and empathy towards me, other staff gave basic nursing care such as medications and obs but avoided my room as much as possible. My doctor told me wife that I was three days away from complete organ failure due to starvation and that she was recommending ECT/shock treatment to save my life. I had a course of four treatments which were staightforward and painless and "shocked" me out of my delusions. My current treating psychologist has diagnosed PTSD originating in childhood from sexual abuse. My mind had blocked this out for nearly fifty years. I am well on the road to recovery now thanks to this man's care. (I too, had an alcoholic parent).
Thank you for sharing your success story with us. It is good to hear that people do recover from Depresion and go on to lead healthy productive lives.