I'm older 66yrs old and I have suffered through 3 or 4 bouts of major depression which comes with anxiety disorder. panic attacks and the like. you never know when it will hit. good people have this problem and usually its genetic and comes from someone in the family. my mother was the one who had it and got through hit her way. by the time I got it I was aware of getting one on one therapy and that is what I used and didn't use medicine. it wasn't until I had a hysterectomy that I was put on an antidepressant. I didn't want to take that and its why I didn't for the two times I had episodes. however, when I took it I was able to sleep at night and eat because the hysterectomy left me wanting of both. the medicine helped me so much and got rid of something I never knew I had which was social anxiety. I then went to college at 38yrs old and was able to function better without all the fear. life throws curves sometimes and we each have to deal with it in our own way which is best for us. the best thing to do is to forgive ourselves for short comings because of health issues. God knows all things and He is aware of what you need. I had to quit going to college and suffer through another bout even though I was on medication. I found my solace in Christ. strength comes from relying on God and the Savior as I have learned over all these years. I have had other health trials that I was able to get through because I had gone through the trial of having major depression and anxiety disorder and it also helped me to empathize with others in any illness.
Thank you for sharing your amazing insight. I have no doubt your article will be a help both to those who suffer from depression and those who love them and want to better understand. The Lord, through His leaders, has given you an honorable release. Anyone else's judgment is a reflection on them, not on you.
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