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depression

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 15, 2006
  • 06:27 AM

I have someone very close to me that I am worried about. They have stated that the dpression started almost 3 years ago. And a lot of emotional things had happened to this person. They had lost their job/required a new job with minimal pay/other family members had tragedies and a continuous run of things that seemed to further complicate things. They refused to go seek treatment while knowing there is a severe problem How can I help. I am now seeking counseling through my employment to help me understand how this is effecting me since this is my husband of almost 20 years and has asked for a divorce to be alone. There is a history of mental depression on his side of his family.

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  • Hi Stacy,We must be pioneers on this new forum. :) I don't know that my experience with depression will be helpful to you but I suspect I know how your husband feels...and it is bad. Depression runs in my family also. I had someone close to me commit suicide probably 30 years ago because he felt such overwhelming depression and no one even knew what it was back then. Your husband's only hope is going to be professional help and getting help with his depression may be easier than he thinks it will be. I have been blessed with excellent physical health for almost 50 years...but I have battled depression since I was in college, possibly since I was a teenager.My depressive states come and go and I'm not even sure that stress has that much to do with triggering an episode. Depression that lingers this long is undoubtedly due to a chemical imbalance in the brain and nothing will ever convince me that the problem is not genetic or does not run in families.Somehow, thank God, I've always stayed rational enough to recognize when I was in trouble. Over the years I have had some psychiatric counseling but the outcome has always been that it's not so much my mental/emotional state that triggers the deep bouts of sadness but rather a chemical imbalance. I wish you could convince your husband to go talk to a doctor. People used to think "depression" was some goofball excuse for slackers but today it is recognized as a very real health problem and help is available. I've been so low that I wanted nothing more than to be alone, I felt like my sadness was so deep no one would understand and that I was a burden to bear for the people who love me. Depression is a problem a person can no more deal with alone than if they had cancer - chronic depression is a physical problem, it is recognized as such, and help is available.Dorothy
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