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Depression Stories - Lynn

My freshman year of college was everything that I had hoped it would be. I had a scholarship to a decent, albeit unknown, liberal arts college. I made the Dean's list while taking upper-level classes. I made friends with people that I respected and were interesting, but also spontaneous and fun. I was one of three…

Depression Stories - Stacy

My father is extremely depressed. He's by his own admission been on everything, seen everyone, heard every diagnosis in the book. When I was growing up, he constantly said, "I hate my life. You'll be glad when I'm gone." His attempts at treatment left him better sometimes, worse others, but always the same end- he…

Depression Stories - Hunter

Depression looms, it never goes away but is sneaks up on you a little at a time. Sometimes you've been swallowed neck deep for weeks before you spot it, which makes it all the harder to fight back. Sometimes you can learn the triggers, the signs that you're sinking and need to kick harder to keep on the surface. But…

Depression Stories - Ariel

I remember being very young, maybe 7 or 8, and bursting into tears for no apparent reason one day while I was in the shower. This is the earliest memory I have of my depression, which is almost as old as my earliest memory ever. In other words, I have almost no memory of a life without depression. I had a great…

Depression Stories - Meagan

I was diagnosed with clinical depression when I was 16 after a suicide attempt. 10 years later, it is still something I battle every day. Things are better now, more manageable I guess but I wouldn't say easier. I don't self-harm anymore but it takes such an extraordinary amount of will not to sometimes that I end up…

Depression Stories - Susie

I am in my 40's and have been dealing with depression since my 20's. I don't have a big sob story to share - my parents divorced when I was little, both parents remarried to horrible people who treated me badly. I moved out of my house at 17 and have been on my own ever since. I had to grow up real fast being out…

Depression Stories - Jody

I was diagnosed with depression officially at 17, but had been struggling with it for a years at that point. Truthfully, I had been depressed since I was young - probably about 9 years old. Depression has always run through my mother's side of the family tree like a poison. My cousin and my great aunt could not take…

Depression Stories - Anne

I have struggled with bipolar depression all my life; wallowing in interminable periods of darkness and "skipped over" by most of the flighty, exhilarating hypo-manias that many with my disease get to experience between depressions. Therapy and medication have finally begun to work together to get me to a point that…

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Depression Stories - Shawna

First off thank you so much for this. I feel more people need to know it's ok to be this way, your not a broken person, and there is help.

I know at very least my mother has depression I think my father did to but he was so drunk all the time I couldent tell. I really noticed my depression in high school, I tried…

Depression Stories - Hilary

I don't really remember when I first became depressed, it sort of feels like I've always been like this. But I know that isn't true. When I was 17 a friend told me that she wouldn't really mind dying. Not that she wanted to kill herself, but just that the idea of not existing was okay, even comforting, to her. I was…