Posted by pinkeye on January 30, 2005, at 18:31:15
In reply to Accepting the illness of depression, posted by namaste on January 30, 2005, at 17:59:40
why is it hard? lot of people go through it and are successful in their lives in other areas. It is not a major ailment - only something which you need to be aware of for yourself and guard yourself against in the future - just like if you have a tendency to put on weight, you need to be cautious with what you eat and have to do some regular exercise right? Just like that. Read a lot, work on it a lot and with sufficient mental resources at your disposal, it won't return and even if it returns, you will be able to catch it early and either get out of it yourself or get help. My therapist gave me a book - Learned optimism - it teaches you the basics of getting out of it yourself. Here is the link - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0671019112/drbobsvirtenpsyc. It is an extremely good book and maybe that is a good place to start your lifelong recovery.
> It is hard to accept the fact that I have this illness. I was at risk for it and with multiple psychostressors in the past two years I am now diagnosed with clinical depression and on medication and see my T. I am tired of the struggle and the thought that even if it passes if can come back with 50/50 chance of reoccurance is depressing in itself!, I am up and down. It is painful when it hits me and it is lonely.