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Posted 8/20/14 , edited 11/9/14
I'm diagnosed with clinical depression and several types of anxiety. I can struggle with things as simple as getting dressed or eating, and people like to treat me like i'm some crazy rare mystical being.

So what is your take on mental illness? Specifically depression. Do you believe in the stigma or are you against it?

All of the old threads I've seen about this topic have been locked, but my apologies if this is being discussed already somewhere else.
Posted 8/20/14
i feel you. i was diagnosed with manic depression when i was 13 years old. it stinks, especially trying to get professional help for it. it's an invisible disease, as well, that people seem to think is just an emotion that can be treated by simply saying "think positive" or "try to be happy." yeah, essentially doing those things can help, but its easier said then done.
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Posted 8/20/14 , edited 8/20/14
I have one friend that has depression...She has been seeing a therapist since 6th grade. She is going into 11th. I still talk to her though and she said she doesn't mind.

I also played a game called Depression Quest on Steam. I'd say it was pretty easy.
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Posted 8/20/14
Well, I also had depression a couple of years back, and let me tell you, those were some difficult years. I'm doing better in the depression section, all I need is help with my anxiety attacks. Simple things that people should easily be able to do. like going shopping, calling to make an appointment with someone, dealing with something by myself, trigger my anxiety attacks...
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Posted 8/20/14 , edited 8/20/14
I haven't been diagnosed with depression or anything. But I am a depressed person.

I've been depressed for... 6 years or so now. Probably began when I failed to complete a grade in school. Back then I didn't care about school because I knew even then that I wasn't going to go to college. So I just gave up on school. But failing a grade turned me upside down. I didn't know a lot of people in the grade that I was now in. And all through the rest of my school years I didn't make a lot of friends. Which I didn't really mind but I just felt like an outcast. I wish I could have been invisible.

And now that I'm graduated and working a good job I still wish I was invisible. I think I just have bad people skills.
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Posted 8/20/14
I suffered from depression about 5 years ago, and to be honest, I'm still struggling with it today. My doctor sent me for a psych evaluation following a suicide attempt. Meds weren't for me, stupidly they made me feel worse. However, talking really helped (I wasn't much of a talker at the time - more of a clam really). Right now, I'm doing so much better. Sure, I have really good days where I feel on top of the world. But when that fog descends, it's frightening. However, it's not to the stage where I was previously. But, I feel like I can cope with the way that I'm feeling more effectively now to how it was back then.
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Posted 8/20/14 , edited 8/20/14
I had my bouts with depression and i believe it was a large part of the reason that lead me to drug abuse. Ended up with a ton of regrets and i ended up hurting a lot of people. I hope that others do not do what i did and try and deal with it all themselves. If you do a lot of times taking drugs seems like one of the few ways to take the weight off your shoulders and let yourself just forget the world. and it may do that in the beginning but later you find it hurts those you love and you end up wishing more than anything you could take it all back.

So if anybody cares to read this if you feel depressed try and find someone to talk to, even if its just a teacher a friend or oddly enough like in my case an internet friend. sometimes talking to a stranger is easier than someone you know, because its harder to feel judged on your mistakes. And if you are lucky you may find that you are not alone in your worries and anxieties. i am by no means the best person to give advice on good life choices, but i like to think i can impart a little bit of wisdom through my mistakes.

I hope this did not sound to preachy that would be very un-dude of me

P.S. i suppose i should mention i have been clean for 5 years now, there is help out there dudes/dudetts it does get better
Posted 8/20/14
Serious life-threatening disease. Idiots think it is some attention getting mechanism. Give them depression and see how they like it.
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Posted 8/20/14
I suffer from ADHD and bipolar which started my depression at the age sixteen. Those were the toughest of days.

Some people see people who suffer from mental illnesses as:

-Craving attention.
-Crazy.
-Selfish.
-Scary.
-Weird.
-Stupid.
-Pathetic.
-Liars.
-Childish.

That is how I've viewed it.
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Posted 8/20/14 , edited 8/20/14
I've always had mental illnesses all my life. I have ADHD, autism, and others I maybe don't know about, so that was pretty hard with some people and school.... As of matter of fact, I started to have depression in the 2nd - 3rd grade because of a teacher bullying me which caused me to have an eating disorder. I think my depression hit me the most and became major when was in the 8th grade and a few times once every bit of the months. Luckily, I had a manga I enjoyed.... I had just gotten anxiety more than a couple of years back. Still have depression to this day. I should get help but its so damn expensive. Even taking meds to a lot is a pain in the butt. Sorry for that hahaha

It's very hard having depression or any other mental illness because you have to prove it. You have to make yourself have be known and heard that you have it. People will say you are sad or its a bad day when its really you have depression. I think many people do not know or comfortable with it because they do not have it. It's when you do its when you gain yourself to have an epiphany. However I wish may they never have it so they can be happy or enjoy themselves.

One thing I have noticed that makes things a little better is having someone there. A friend, family member or animal friend/pet that is around. A comfort such as music, book, or anything to cling to works.
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I do wonder if we should consider people with "mental illness" (or whatever the term is these days) as having something wrong with them or if they're merely people that are substantially different. Should we be trying to help them get back to "normal" or help them find their own place in life? Just a general thought really, I guess it probably depends on what they might suffer from.

I think part of the problem with any mental illness is that people want to help but don't know how to. It's likely they can't really do anything, there's not usually a simple "cure". It can be frustrating for them because they don't know what to do and it can be frustrating for the sufferers because people can often act as though there should be an easy solution. I guess everyone involved just needs to try and be understanding and accept that there's no single reliable cure for a mental illness.

I would say that humanity in general is still pretty bad at dealing with anything outside the norm. Most societies have a particular idea of the "right" kind of people (hard working and family oriented is common, for example) and struggle to deal with people who don't fit easily into that. What we really need is to continue advancing in tolerance and be more supportive of each other. Things are definitely a lot better than they have been in the past but we have a long way to go and some areas are worse than others.
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Posted 8/20/14
I've been diagnosed with depression, though I refused to take pills anymore halfway through therapy.

Some days, it's hard, and it's even harder when ignorant people say things like "just act happy."

If it were that easy, I'm sure there would be no sadness in the world.
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Posted 8/20/14 , edited 8/20/14
I have a few friends that suffer from schizophrenia. When they need someone to talk to I talk to them, which I think is the best thing to do. Never suffered myself so I can't say I know how you feel. Like some people above me have said you should try talking to someone as I think that is the best cure.
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Posted 8/20/14
When I was 17 I was diagnosed with clinical depression. Along with my "ADD" turned "ADHD", and occasional migraines... I honestly thought I was a ruined package. Coincidentally at that time I considered myself an atheist at the time, sometimes when convenient I would callously call myself agnostic. When I got into my early 20's I found God. Don't get me wrong, I am not suggesting you need God in order to kick your depression, but in my own personal journey it was vital.

Depression in my experience is ultimately controllable. It is a reflection of your relationship with the world around you.

As we know, there are at least two different kinds of people when fit into the spectrum of "introverted" and "extroverted". Depending on which one you find yourself in, that would be, in my opinion, the best way to address the problem. At least at first. People who are extroverted tend to find comfort in discussing their problems with other people, and as its antagonist, introverted individuals have a tendency to internalize the experiences they are going through, as a matter of figuring out how to deal with a problem. I feel like people who have a tendency to be more introverted have the greater chance of finding themselves in a depressed state or straight up depression.

So above I said there are "at least" two different types of people when fit into the "introverted-extroverted" spectrum. Since it is difficult to actually quantify some of my assumptions, and the fact I am not going to do any further research, I am just going to type it and hope it seems valid.

The introvert-extrovert spectrum, introvert is on one side and extrovert is on the other side. Being that there are so many people on earth with a myriad of different circumstances, inevitably all people cannot fall into the extremes of introvert or extrovert. Most people will find themselves somewhere in between. Where you find yourself in this spectrum is how I feel would be the best way to address your depression. The closer you are to extroverted, it might be best to find someone caring and reliable you really trust to give you some caring advice, or a listening ear. The closer you are to introverted, the more difficult and more grey the answer gets.

As an introverted person myself I find that I often dont believe that I can get the answer I require from discussing it with someone. Unless they have been through the same experience and that they are similar enough to me that I feel their insight would apply to me as well. However, finding the answers on your own can be very daunting. For fellow introverts, I suppose I have less than an answer. Again, extroverts seem to just be able to talk to anybody, but introverts are a little more individual in their issues. You kinda have to find your way on your own... Maybe the closer you are to introvert, the more dealing with your depression becomes coping.
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Posted 8/20/14 , edited 8/20/14
I'm naturally an introvert but I've been diagnosed with general anxiety disorder and social phobia (it's been 4 years now), and Depression (it's been 10 years). Both severe cases.

I believe there is a lot to talk about regarding this issue, and it's definitely something that those who don't go through it can't exactly fathom. Even people who think they're helping, can actually be detrimental to the situation at hand. For example, people who say "just be more positive", "just be happy" or "just choose happiness" aren't helping - they're treating it like it's a choice. It's not.

It affects all facets of life - your relationship with yourself, your relationship with others, your physical health (and obviously mental health) and your education. The worst part is that when things decline in any of these areas it perpetuates decline in other areas and thus becomes a vicious cycle that becomes difficult to get out of, and only appears to go downhill from that initial point.

I'd like to say that I've taken this year off for recovery. I was meant to be in my first year of University near the beginning of the year, 2014, (yes school years in Australia go by the actual year, not by seasons like the UK or US). I decided to defer my placement for next year and take time this year to work on things, and on my relationship with myself and with life.

It's taken 10 years, but it's only now that I've seen a change, or a difference, within myself. My mum even commented on it, and she's been accusing me of "not trying at all" throughout that time span - a given it would hurt her to see her child like that, I understand, but it was also her ignorance that led her to believe it was simply a matter of choice. For those who don't see the light at the end of the tunnel, please take me as an example. It's been 10 years (and there are plenty of people who have experienced more prolonged periods of time, and mine as well may not truly go away) of something resembling hell, but right now I feel it was worth it. It was worth it because I learned things about myself, about my mind, my condition, about life and relationships - on a deeper level than perhaps the average person could pertain through such experiences. Those lessons have enabled me to maintain a healthy relationship with my current boyfriend of 1 year. Life is difficult, I can't promise it'll ever be easy, but I can promise that it'll be worth it - whether you find your love for yourself, or you find your love for another and accept their love for you, or you find passion in doing something you love. Please stick around for that. Change is gradual, and it takes time, but it'll happen.

There's honestly a huge discussion revolving this topic and if anyone would like my opinion on things, or have any questions, I'd be glad to address them. If anyone also needs a place to simply vent or a place to feel like they can always return to and speak their mind, then feel free to buddy me or send me a PM.
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