Hi, I am Kitt. Depression is an awful illness, a whole world away from pure sympathy-seeking. So you should treat it as such. If you had a choice in the matter you wouldn’t choose to have depression. How about we search for ways to deal with depression together? All I want to do is give you a hug and a shoulder to cry on as I know this disorder well and I know how you feel.
One of the most painful things when I was depressed was being in a situation that I would have really enjoyed before I became sick and realizing that I could no longer enjoy it. That kept my spirits down and I had no way of knowing how to change the feelings. My family would ask me, “BUT why don’t you want to go? You used to love this!” or “What’s your problem? This is your favorite!” That definitely always made me feel useless and guilty.
Everyone’s depression is different, so this might not be a universal sentiment. Nonetheless, it’s definitely how I felt. I’ve found it really helpful to interact with others who’ve faced depression and read their stories here in the Depression Forum. The best way to not feel alone is to correspond with someone who does know just how you feel. And there’s always someone who does! We are all here for you.
I agree completely with the suggestion that you seek our the help of a Dr. as well as a counselor. Please stick with us and tell us how you are doing if you would like to.
~~Kitt~~Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease. www.healingwell.com"only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be"