For the majority of my life I have suffered from depression, but over the past 3 years I have finally overcome it. This is mostly because of my boyfriend, who is absolutely amazing. He is always there for me and makes me happier than I have ever been. My family, on the otherhand, is the complete opposite. There is constantly family drama and I learned that was bringing me down so much. I decided to separate myself from them as much as possible, and the depression finally lifted and I have been able to fully live my life. My family can't see how much of a burden they are, though. They say I have changed and pushed them away, but they don't realize why I pushed them away. Tonight a lot of things came out and, once again, my family has brought me down. I joined this forum because I needed to vent. My boyfriend hears enough of this, I really don't want to bring our relationship down because of my dysfunctional family. I guess all I really needed was to get this off my chest. My family may not understand it, but I need to do what is best for me. I deserve to be happy and have a good life.