I have been affected by depression for as long as I can bear in mind. My earliest childhood recollections are tainted with the ominous existence of my illness inspite growing up in a very adoring home with two kinds and caring parents. After having a divorce in my mid thirties, I found myself unable to cope with the feelings of feeling down that had permeated my existence and often left me unable to get up.
Of course, these feelings had intensified as a result of my divorce, but even prior to I knew that something wasn’t quite right. I visited a psycho therapist and my doctor, both of whom asked me when my symptoms started. I actually explained that I was fairly certain they began the day I was born, which both told me was totally possible.
Since that time, I have tried different kinds of medications. From SSRI’s to MAO inhibitors, I have tried so many treatments that I sometimes sensed like a guinea mouse. I finally discovered a medication that was effective for me and produced very few noted side effects. I am now experiencing good life more than I ever have and can honestly say that I feel like I never thought I would or even could.
Enjoying my life now is some how bittersweet as I look back over all the past years that I spent in bipolar depression without even knowing that it was not natural. I knew something was different simply from observing the behavior of other people and comparing it to me, but I always considered it to be my personality or “just the way I am”. I want to advice others who experience expanded bouts of sadness to get more information on depression. There are several resources available on the web, and even your primary care physician can be of great assistance in assisting you to determine if you suffer from depression. He or she could recommend that you talk to a specialist.
Had I known that my problem was correctable, I would have spent lots of years enjoying my life instead of wondering why everybody else was enjoying theirs. Depression is treatable, and you too can enjoy a happy, productive life.
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