Posted 2/19/2017 11:40 AM (GMT -7)
It would add to the problem is there is no one in your group who understands depression.
And with depression, it would be more difficult to live on your own. I tried it one time, got depressed, and it was very difficult.
You said, "I have been suffering with depression since I was an adolescent (or as long as I can remember)."
And "Nobody ever took it seriously. My mother, husband, etc. do not understand the severity of it. It's very frustrating."
So you're not getting any help. I've been in that situation and I know how difficult it is. When you're down, is when you can use help, and as can happen, you often don't get it.
So, that is not real uncommon. What is also difficult, is when you are asked to help yourself when you are down. When I was living by myself and had depression, I didn't do that very well, either.
I had depression for about 3 weeks, and then I had a nervous breakdown. So you want to go ahead and treat the depression, which is bad enough, and second, you want to treat it because you don't want it to get worse, which can probably happen, with depression that is untreated.
Is there anyway you could look in the computer Real Yellow Pages under psychiatrists for your town? You can also look under mental health clinics for your town.
The clinics will charge you on a sliding scale, and not charge you anything if you have no money.
Why don't you pick one out, one that is nearer you perhaps, write down the name, address and phone number, and give them a call?
You could also take it in two steps. Maybe today, just pick a clinic from the computer yellow pages, and write down the phone number. Tomorrow, just call the number. The secretary will do the rest.
I know how hard this is. When I was depressed and living my myself, no, I didn't measure up. That's why I'm suggesting two steps. I know how hard step one can be.
Can you let us know how you're doing?
It's good that you wrote in.