3 thoughts on “Can Someone Without Depression Understand It?

  • June 28, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Gabe, you nailed your description of bipolar depression on the head! I could never find the right words to help my family to understand. I was diagnosed BP 1 in January,2004. My family was ashamed of me and tried to tell me I was suffering from PMS. I knew that my diagnosis was correct and that I needed to take meds. One by one each member of my family found a reason to put me out of their lives, until there was no one left. I am now 51 years old and have not had any contact with anyone for many years. My mother died in in March 2016. I never got the chance to make amends with her. My 23 year old son died in July, 2011. I went to his funeral, but sat in the back of the church because I did not feel welcome to sit with my family. I lost my 2 children due to my illness. That’s a story for another day. Whoa… I meant to tell you how great your article was and here I go vomiting my problems all over you. Sorry about that, as I shrink into my couch.
    I hope that you will continue writing great articles that I can identify with. ~Colleen

  • July 5, 2017 at 11:41 am

    If someone has never experienced depression, they have absolutely no idea what it entails. In the UK we are so prejudiced against mental health that anyone who has suffer depression won’t get a job…it’s a hidden “sin”.
    Only those who have worked through their depression and come out the other side can be effective citizens and clinicians.
    It’s the same as a midwife who has never had a baby, turn round to a young mother and tell her to shut up because she’ll frighten the other mothers about to deliver…and that’s happened to me!!!


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