“Emotional Mastery”, ha, like there’s ANY such thing. Anyway, hi there, I’m new here, around Nov. 2017 when I’d just been officially diagnosed with Major Depression and it was REALLY bad, my mom showed me an inspirational quote from this site that I thought was really beautiful. Then, the thought came to me to join the forums a few days ago. Off and on since I was 17 (am 27 now), I’ve been battling depression pretty hard-core at times, but again, was never actually diagnosed until Nov. last year mainly because I didn’t tell anyone -I just had all the symptoms. For just as long as I’ve been depressed, I’ve also been on and off in therapy to try to cope. I will quit therapy for a few weeks-month due to it just being too emotionally exhausting, but then I will resume it when I can’t go without it anymore. Been finding myself needing it again, but I’m scared to face the fire, although I will go back. Has anyone else experienced this? UGH!
Hello Em. Depression is tough but I’m glad you got an official diagnosis so you know the best treatments. I’ve had clinical depression for the past 15 years which was triggered by a very traumatic event in my late 40’s. Going on medication (SSRI) was a last resort, but it gave me my life back. I was becoming less and less functional. No energy or motivation, missing time at work, etc. Then I had a serious depressive episode which was several weeks of hell. Only going on medication pulled me out of it. I’ve stayed on a low dose since then which has kept me stable. For clinical depression, most experts will recommend a combination of medication and talk therapy. Hope your treatment goes well for you.
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