As I'm painfully shy and feeling a little awkward, I'm hesitant with this first message. I actually agonized over what to say for about ten minutes before finally deciding to post.
Isn't that silly?
I've been looking for a place like this for a long time. Dealing with depression is hard enough (insert wry grin and a world-weary nod...here) -- and I needed...absolutely needed...to connect to and talk with other people just like me. People who struggle and live with this thing, just like me. People who know how I feel, who know the ups and downs, who know different ways to cope and different reasons to smile.
Please be my community. Please help me, too. I'm just another member; it's taken a long time for me to decide to join, to overcome the shyness in order to post...but I'm hoping that this "connection" idea I have will help. I really do.
Hi. I'm here. Nice to meet you all.