People are always saying to me: "you aren't depressed, you're just selfish and attention seeking!" I never seek attention. If I want a attention you'll know. I just wish people would understand depression is difficult and it does exist! I do admit, I do want people to notice me, but I don't act sad just for that. I'm sad and can't control it. However, people just don't understand and can't be bothered to loathe so they do understand.
Humans tend not to understand what they can't see. And many are too self centered to do anything to learn something about others. All of us here understand because we all have something people don't believe about us. Whether its pain, or fatigue or depression or anxiety. Having suffered depression most of my life I understand how you feel.
Well, I believe you!.and everyone here believes you too. You really need a support system, not a bunch of sceptics. Can you print off some literature on depression for them to read? Or maybe a book? Your depression will only be made worse without people there to give your a hard time about it. If not your have a wonderful caring support system here. We will listen, answer questing, and try to make you feel at Home. good luck to you and please keep in touch.
I totally hear you on that one. I feel the same way. I have been depressed most of my life and what I do is isolate. I can't seem to stop it. I don't answer my phone or go anywhere etc. I am just in my little boring world. My family and friends think I'm rude. I can't help it. They don't want to even try to understand my depression. I've tried several different meds and I don't care for any of them. They just cause more problems. I think I found something that is helping me naturally. I'm going to see how I keep doing before I open my mouth.
It would be nice to transfer how empty we feel to someone else just for a day. Then they would understand. But, short of that, I don't try to explain anymore. I've had it since highschool and I'm now 62. I started going steady with my wife in 9th grade in 1967 and we are still together. While my wife and children don't really know how it feels, they know when I'm hurting and they give me the space I need in order to get back to JUST feeling bad, instead of being walking zombie. Over the years I've been on about every pill they have plus TMS. I often wonder if there is any me left or I'm just a combination of whatever pills I happen to be on. We managed to raise three children and now have 6 grandchildren. I retired after 41 years on the railroad. My point is we can live with this disease as long as we have people who love us. Hope is still alive for all of us.
New approaches to treatment are being researched and coming on line now and will be for years. If you're younger you have an excellent chance of a cure coming along within a few years.
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