Sorry for your losses, depression & all you've been thru. But it's good to hear from you and I'm glad you are taking the meds & doing the things you need to do to get better. WTG!
Your posts and the responses share a lot of good ESH (Experience Strength & Hope):
Concerning fearing meds, I have this opinion. It seems like a lot of people will self medicate (alcohol or illegal drugs) but be afraid of taking something that will really help and not just cover up temporarily.
That is so true and I did it for so long. Lots of other things have helped me with my recovery besides properly prescribed meds. But none of them have included self-medication. It's been stuff like proper diet & exercise, prayer & meditation, good therapy, massage, reading and support like I get here, among other things.
Still the meds, when I've gotten the right ones, have been very helpful. Yes I'd do without them if I could and when I can I will. But for now that Zoloft I've been taking about 10 years (among other meds) has been very good to me and I wouldn't want to have done without it.
So it seems as though the brain is the last frontier that many people will not get help if they have problems. So many think they will be labeled "crazy" if they go to a psychiatrist. The doc told me that approx. 18% of the American public suffer depression but a very small percentage ever get help. Sad indeed.
Yeah it is sad.
Well, I've been seeing a psychiatrist (not the same one) for about 10 years, and getting therapy
longer than that.
So I must be really crazy!
But then who here didn't know that already?!
However who is crazier: the person who knows they need help but won't get it, or the person who knows they need help & gets it no matter what people think or say?
Insanity: doing the same things over & over and expecting different results.