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    • Finally, rates of depression being diagnosed are up. That's not a "sad" thing. Yet, are the diagnoses a result of more depressive kids and adult or number of available evaluations for depression. And more importantly, is society and workplaces equipped to handle more depressive people?

      I've battled depression once. Albeit it was self-diagnosed, but it was no bueno. It took a lot out of me and took me away from being able to functional optimally as a parent and in the workplace. I could not find a happy place and worse was I had to appear confidant and strong all the time when again, in my reality I was seeking a change in my path of salvation and wanted to have a relateable support team. I hope people with depression can find the help they need because it can quickly spiral your body and mind out of control and all normalcy goes out the window. With diagnosis rates going up I hope this will help curb the number of risks associated with undiagnosed depression. Time will tell.

    • It's sad to see diagnosis rates going up.. but it's also a good thing as you say.

      In my eyes it means we are both:
      (1) getting better at recognizing the symptoms of depression and..
      (2) become more accepting as a society of people with these issues, so they don't need to feel shame and hide the issues.

      Hopefully with more data we can keep moving forward and studying these diseases that inflict so much damage to such a large swath of society.

      On a personal note, I've also suffered with depression throughout my adult life. I find the hardest thing about dealing with it is pretending everything is okay because you still need to function as a productive member of society while battling these internal demons.

      The best treatment for me has been talking about it, with strangers (re: therapist) or friends (re: generally friends who can empathize, and not the "tell it like it is" type of friend). Simply saying the words out loud about how I'm truly feeling and not holding it in has more curative benefits than any pill or prescription.

    • I’ve been a life-long fan of talking it out with close friends & family, being genuine, vulnerable, humble, as honest as you can be when the natural inclination is to believe the kindest version of the story to yourself, and as open as possible to your own weaknesses.

      What I never fully understood is that even the closest of friends and family can leak hints of the conversation out of context or in myriad ways that can worry or hurt people you love. And that is really depressing. What is the answer to that? It feels like the only real answer is to keep your problems to yourself.