Depression is endemic in the world today yet most people try to avoid talking about it and even deny it. If you find yourself suffering from depression, you can feel like you are alone in your struggle and that no one wants to hear about it and you can feel shame when people say "You have so much to be thankful for..count your blessings...etc." You can feel that you don't want to visit a doctor for this because you don't want to be labeled with some type of psychiatric diagnosis and possibly even put your job in jeopardy. You may want to try some type of herbal remedies or diet or anything to avoid having to take psychiatric medications or antidepressants. Maybe you have even tried these meds and found they did not work for you or even increased your suicidal thoughts. Most of them do come with that warning anyway. Maybe you have searched the Internet for others who are feeling the same as you. Yet, everywhere you look, you are told "cheer up, life aint so bad, what have you got to be depressed about...you're just feeling sorry for yourself...blah blah blah." All this only serves to increase your guilt and shame for feeling the way you do.
I wanted to start this thread to give people a place to express their feelings and not feel guilty or shameful. I hope that you can find some relief here and that you might share something that has helped you or not helped you.
Here is a link to the top 10 depression blogs put together by Psych Central. It is rather old (2007) but still contains some interesting links to bloggers who share their experience with depression, including a 12-year-old. The main thing that you need to know is that you are not alone. There are millions of others who are feeling the same way you do and you do not have to feel shame. Maybe some of these can bring you some relief and maybe inspire you to start your own blog about your experience and perhaps by doing so you may touch someone else in a positive way that brings some relief to them or at least find an outlet or pressure valve for your feelings.
This is Not a referral link as that is against the rules here at Fusion Cash.http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2007/11/14/top-ten-depression-blogs/
If you have found other helpful places on the Internet for this type of discussion, I would like to see what you've found. I truly hope that this thread can be helpful and encouraging and not turn into a cyber attack on those who are already suffering.