I saw I forgot to answer your other question about
how long ive been depressed.. I have pretty severe social anxiety disorder, generalized anx. disorder, ADD, and near clinical depression. While, due to genetics, im sure these issues would have come up later in life anyhow, what really set them off environmentally was my older brother being killed when I was 7, along with alot of other family issues.
The ONLY reason I have survived to this point has been for the love of my family and not wanting them to go through the pain we all went through before of losing a loved one.
However, the first time I got help from medication was an absolutely enlightening experience that I had been waiting my whole life for. I could actually just be myself, without beiing constantly buried under a mountain of my own negative emotions and anxieties. It put things into almost crystal clear perspective of how others were able to go about
their lives everyday without becoming as overwhelmed and immensely frustrated as I usually found myself becoming.
I still have plenty of issues to deal with, depression and anxiety still being some of them, but medication has undoubtedly saved my life and made it well worth staying around for. Again, this being because meds simply help me to be myself, not because they turn me into another person in even the slightest way (which is something I feared greatly when first starting treatment). I'd love nothing more than to see all the people suffering from severe depression, anxiety, etc. experience the tremendous improvements in second to second quality of life that I have.
"I wish I could give you points for that grizzled exchange, but i cant."
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