I've Battled Depression All My Life
I've battled depression since I was 13. My parents and family doctor just thought that is was the "Moody Teen Syndrome" that affects teenagers, but I knew that what I was going through wasn't just a case of the teenage blahs.
I wasn't officially diagnosed until I was in my early twenties. The doctor and I started talking one day about my teen years and when I told her of my suicidal thoughts and that I would hug my friends goodbye on Friday because I didn't know if I was going to be alive on Monday to see them, she know that what I was going to was serious. She apologized, but that about all she did for me. She told me to eat better, exercise and try and think happy thoughts and in a few weeks I would be cured. Well, I will admit that the eating better and exercising helped a wee bit, but here it is 13 years later and I'm not cured yet. Depression is not something that is curable in my opinion. Depression is an illness that you learn to manage and live with.