ANSWERS: 36
  • Yes...every Monday morning....;)
  • I think people use the word depressed way too loosely. Depression is a serious matter and there is a difference between being sad and being depressed. No, I don't get depressed at all. I get emotional and sad and sometimes want to spend the day in bed, but not depressed.
  • I haven't been severely depressed since I separated from my ex, and am not even taking antidepressants anymore.
  • I've struggled with depression on and off for most of my life; since long before I even understood what depression was. When depression begins early in your life, as it did in mine, it becomes impossible to distinguish, at least internally, as something abnormal. If it's something you've experienced over a long period of time, it becomes what you recognize as your own personality. I'm something of a stranger to myself, because I really don't know who I am without depression. I don't think that person exists. He hasn't, for at least as long as he's been self aware enough to think in those abstract terms. Over the years I have learned to mask it, particularly at work. My success varies depending on the amount of stress in my life. I'm quite successful and well liked, so I suppose I do a good job at it most days. On the days that I'm not, I can at least be relied on to be very open to what's going on in my life and what I'm doing to handle it. Some days are worse than others. While I've never given any serious recent thought to suicide, I do regularly re-visit the comparison of a world with me in it, versus one without. My conclusion is always the same: whatever I've lived through as a child is in the past -- a past that I'm prepared to keep dealing with though it is painful. But no amount of pain I have experienced would justify the harm I could do by leaving this life prematurely. At the end of the day, it's my children that keep me focused. Bringing them into this world brought with it a lifetime commitment, and one that I intend to honour. I want them to grow up well, with none of the emptiness, doubt, and lingering questions that I have. That said, I've been feeling really good for some time now. A lot of what I've been working for has come to fruition, and I'm inspired. :)
  • Fortunately I have never been severely depressed...when my Dad died I was sad and "down in the dumps" for awhile...some failed relationships made me pull back from reaching out to people for awhile..but nothing that would require intervention, taking medication or seeking counsel.
  • Yes, although I am diagnosed bi-polar so I unfortunately enjoy the 'highs', feeling balanced is a very difficult state of mind for me. I wholeheartedly agree with Todd, when you have lived for so long dealing with depression it's hard to know how to behave or change your thought processes to a more positive light. I have dropped very low, definitely qualified as severely depressed. Sometimes I can't focus on one day, it's hard enough to get by one hour at a time. At those times I try to function normally but it's weird feeling so disconnected to yourself, like you're watching your body perform as a puppet.
  • Not clinically depressed, No, although I was diagnosed as suffering from PTSD. I do not take anti depressants.
  • Yes, I've suffered from severe depression all my life. It's a long, spiraling cycle.
  • yes i do. i have "severe recurrent major depressive disorder with psychotic features." it's loads of fun and i highly recommend it.
  • I may have severe depression according to this online quiz: http://psychcentral.com/depquiz.htm?gclid=CJugxPy35I0CFR5cYQodRhSctA It suggests that I seek help "immediately." I get an almost extreme sense of sadness at least once a week. I have trouble sleeping during the week, but I sleep very late on Saturdays and Sundays. I often worry about things ahead of time (like I worry about next months rent right after paying the current rent) but have trouble getting things done, such as paying the electric bill on time, etc. I almost always feel fatigued. I relatively feel little joy anymore. I have not been diagnosed nevertheless.
  • Yes i do i've been diagnosed with clinical depression and its so hard to live like this but i think theres nothing that you can't overcome.
  • Isn't it funny how when you feel deoressed you feel like you're the only one, and yet there are all these people on here saying word for word how I feel? Yes, I get depression, and I have for years, on and off. Strangely, mine is always worse in summer. I've tried the drugs, and I had concelling, and I've talked to friends. I find that no-one really understands. And my friends that know what I've been through either over-react every time something goes wrong and think I'm gonna throw myself off a bridge, or brush it under the carpet, because they have no idea what to say or do. I know that I'm tired of it, and I cant find any way to stop it.
  • No. I get severely medicated.
  • I've dealt with SADD in the past. But I've never been so severely depressed that I practically cease to exist.
  • I have experienced and lived through severe depression, yes.
  • Oh , yes I have and I went for help
  • They say you get depressed if you dont get enough R.E.M. activity! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QV79LzU_1I
  • I haven't for awhile, but I have in the past.
  • It hasn't let up for the past 6 years, but i do have periods of content. I wouldn't exactly call it happiness.
  • I have been at a time in my life severly depressed. It is a hard place to come back from.
  • Over the past few months, there have been some events in my life that have had a pretty big impact on my general happiness. I'd say that at this point in time, I am pretty severely depressed.
  • Yes. Especially during winter (SAD). I'm pretty sensitive too, and sceptical and...well, yeaa. I refuse to take meds though. I can wait till this winter. Ugh.
  • I have in the dark past, but not recently.
  • yes, but try to remember that t will pass.
  • Yeah, I have clinical depression. Though in the last week or so I've been unusually and suspiciously good.
  • No. Anger replaces depression.
  • I'm an 18 yr old girl. sometimes i look around me and i wonder how i let my life get this bad. I feel isolated and alone, but i have loads of friends who i know care about me, but it doesn't seem to register in my head. I've been self harming for about 2and a half years now and drinking alot and i have an attempted suicide behind me (couldn't even do that right!).How can i be this screwed up after just eighteen years on the planet??? people are quick to dismiss depressed teenagers as "going through a phase", but it's not that. I know it isn't. I just think the world would be a better place if i wasn't in it. I don't contribute anything worthwhile, even though I do charity work and stuff, nothing good ever comes from it. I just wish i could escape my life. Everyday i just wait until i can go to bed. I lie awake for hours, but when i eventually get to sleep it's such a relief to not have to think about anything. So do i get severly depressed? Probably, but i can't bring myself to do anything about it. Some mornings i wake up and say "Today i'm going to be happy". It never works.
  • I am what is known as a cutter. Most people I hear cut to feel. Or because it makes them believe they are still alive. I personally cut because I hate me inside and what better way to get rid of what's toxic and wrong than to cut until it all bleeds out. But it won't ever gone. I will always be wrong inside. And I have a husband that for what ever reason loves me and stands by me he gave me two amazing wonderful children who love me as well. For them I fight to hold on. To not let that image of disgust and stupid and dumb and ugly and dirt get the best of me. I struggle everyday with waking up and being happy and not letting my hatred of who I am to me distroy that that is around me that is good, and it's not ever easy but some days are better than others. Hang in there and don't give up.
  • Yes and its a part of my life now. I never tell you guys now bad it gets for me so I just shut my mouth about it sometimes.
  • once, after i lost half my leg muscle... i had to change dramatically and i didn't now how to deal, so i got depressed... turn to drugs and alcahol and burried my head hoping that the problem would go away.
  • yep... thats why i cry every night, thats why im always bitchy, thats why i drink every day... in the morning before school and after school when i get home and before i go to bed and every weekend all the time, thats why i dont let people get too close to me anymore cause i fall in love way to easily and im a very loving person so it hurts me... basically im afraid of life and love.
  • I have had major depression for twenty years, the majority of it has been livable. However, there are frequent times when all one thinks about is ending it all here. For me, as serious as my feelings to commit suicide are, I have sworn a pact with myself that if I ever find myself actually doing it - that I will call the doctor. SO far - I have not submitted. It is complicated for me by guilt of thinking such a thing in the first place. It is not as simple as "thinking of someone else" and doing something charitable - especially if life has been cruel to you, and no cahritable offerings have been invested in you. However, I also think that by enduring the sickness, that one has a unique perspective on life that many do not see or are even aware of and that time, is as the cliche goes, a great healer. Since time is distance, it seems logical to me that as we travel further away from the source of the pain, the less sensitive we are to those raw feelings of loss. If you came to where you are in your depressive phase by looking inwardly for an answer, it may be a helpful tool to imagine a spiral and questioning oneself causes travel inwards to the centre of the spiral. At which point it represents a decision to make - even if you have not found your personal answer yet. (What is the point of life for example) This represents introspection. If you search for an answer "extrovertly" reversing the search in an ever expanding spiral, there are more opportunities for discovery and a "continuam" that need not necessarily bring you to the same conclusion. Often creative activity is theraputic, or enough of a distraction to get one through another day. I would be willing to discuss further if required, otherwise, presumably you got through that last phase and are not already dead. Well done, Keep hanging in there - No pun intended.
  • yes I always suffered from anxiety and depression
  • i feel that i'm mildly depressed. i've been sad all 2008. every month something bad happend to me. i won't get all into it but it was so overwhelming that i cried a lot to myself. i haven't cried yet this year and i'm trying not to. i just hope this year won't be a repeat for me. if it is then i might need some kind of medication or talk to someone, seriously.
  • Yer. I have had it from a young age. i can imagine a me withought depression. At worst stages even a set of stairs spell death to me. Everything screams at me. And i just wonder why noone else has noticed. Noticed that im not 'me' anymore. Or is it just that this is me... this hopless hole. Dead inside, so why shouldnt i be dead outside. ... just a few of the thought processes. It is the most scary thing ever to whatch this happening. Its like im nolonger inside my body. Just whatching it...
  • Yes, most of my adult life has been in and out of various degrees of depression. +5

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