Depression Is Something You Can't Turn Off......and you have no control over your mood swings and other peoples views. I hate hearing people say things like "get over yourself" or "your just doing/saying that for attention" I personally have not had to endure that here on EP, but have seen it said to others. it is not the person who suffers from depressions fault that people are ignorant when it comes to this issue. There is also no reason to be ignorant when there are so many sites that provide information on depression, all it will take is a few minutes time to know that depression is a disease just like diabetes, cancer, and alcoholism, just to name a few. When you decide to click on a question concerning depression here at EP, remember it was a choice and no one forced you to do so. Be tactful and respectful. There are so many things you should not say to someone who suffers from clinical depression, like the two I have already mentioned. Ask yourself before you choose that particular question if you could live with yourself if something you said caused the person who just wanted help, to do the unthinkable. If the answer is no, tread lightly. If you don't care one way or the other, then you should choose something different where your callousness will be tolerated and accepted. So many people have the preconceived idea that people with depression are just fine "after their medications kick in in the morning" or "they just can't handle the truth" Both of these are things that only ignorant people would believe. First of all, the medications for depression do help some people but not others. The ones they do help sometimes have to go through a grueling trial period of each medicine until they find one that will work for them. Even if they do find one that helps them, there are instances where it doesn't help and another medication has to be added. Some, never find anything that will work for all of their symptoms. There is a lot of information available to help you better understand depression at sites like http://www.Riteaid,com/depression. There is absolutely no excuse to say hurtful, foolish things to a person who battles depression. I have been battling clinical depression for as long as I can remember. I am thankful that the medicine I use for anxiety also helps my depression. Mine started as a young child because of severe abuse and continues to this day. I was affected so badly, that I kept mostly to myself even in school. I hated going there everyday and having other people look at me because I felt that everything about me was being judges. We all know how cruel kids can be, I was just avoiding being put in that situation. There were maybe four people I associated with, and that was so I wouldn't call attention to myself for associating with no one at all. There are times when I am so depressed I think I would be better off not being here on this planet at all, but I have people I know love me, and I don't want to hurt them. So before you give advice on this delicate disease to anyone who suffers from it, educate yourself. After all someone could be giving advice to someone you love in some forum, that might cause them to do something unthinkable. You might not even know that your loved one is in pain from clinical depression. Just think before you speak, or choose a different question.
TwilightDream 36-40, F 37 Responses 35 Oct 22, 2011