I have been diagnosised with major depression/unipolar disorder. I am not a medical professional but in my case, what seemed to be depression from my 1st divorce evolved over 10 yrs into full blown major depression....the label seemed to be dependent upon the degree or the extent that depression is disrupting life.
When I was admitted to psych facility in October, I learned that unresolved issues keep your "coping skills cup" about
3/4 full. When major stresses occured, I was "starting" with coping skills that were almost "used up". In 2 years, I divorced(#2) my abusive ex, sold my house, moved to a distant city, bought a new house, started new job, and then lost my job in August. (In addition I had repressed childhood mental, physical and sexual abuse.) It was too much for me. I gained 80 lbs in less than a year and had totally isolated myself from the outside world at the time of my hospitalization.
All that to say, I have had been in therapy after my first eposode of depression, I would have learned to better coping skills.
I believe that depression can be taken too lightly and the results can be devastating. I hope this makes sense.
Sending you a hug!
"I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time."
– Anna Freud
Major Depression, Anxiety/Panic Disorder, ADHD, Binge Eating Disorder, PTSD, Degenerative Disc Disease (post Fusion), Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Restless Leg Syndrome, Migraine Syndrome, Interstitial Cystitis, IBS, GERD