You are so brave, Aileen and Gnome. Everyone should read the book I read some 3 years ago by Dr Tim Cantopher who explains what depression is and why we should try and understand all these horrible diseases. I did meet him once when he came to give us a talk on bi-polar etc. when I worked at a surgery. He was wonderful and it helped us communicate with patients. Unfortunately I cannot remember the title of the book.
I think there are people who use the word depressed when , in fact, they do not have this problem, just as some use back trouble which is so difficult to diagnose.
Hope you both keep positive and that more people learn about these problems.
Thank you for your much appreciate support Tamila.
I was a RMN and worked in the Royal Edinburgh. I have nursed many people with depression, some people have a fear that it is something they should hide and talk of a stigma attached to mental illness. It is an illness of the mind and is as serious as a physical illness. It can happen at any time weather young or old but with new medication treatment works better and it is often just talking to someone who will listen to you helps. Also I agree about people who say "Oh you will get over it" Medication, time and understanding will help people who are depressed to get well.
Thankfully some of the stigma attached to mental illness has been removed. Had this been 40 years ago (when I did have a brief spell of stress-related depression) I would never have posted about it on a public forum because I did think it was something to be ashamed of and that somehow I was a failure. After all it was rarely talked about and mentally ill people were just described as 'going funny'. That, though, has all started to change over the last twenty years or so, but there's still a lot of room for more understanding of mental illness, not just by the public in general but by the sufferers themselves.