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Would like to reintroduce myself (been gone a long time)

Discussion in 'Newbies Start Here' started by melindaville, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta Tester Moderator

    Glad to hear that you're still with us... and I'm very sorry that you're suffering from deep depression, I hope things will get better for you.
     
  2. melindaville

    melindaville Well-Known Member

    I'm so sorry to have delayed this response to you. First welcome to the board. This is an amazing place with very fine folks--very accepting people who have always shown me kindness.

    I'm so sorry you suffer from depression. I struggle with this still--and I believe I will throughout my life. But there's always hope and I urge you to seek the help of a psychologist or counselor. There are many who work pro bono or who have sliding fees and there are other options (if you would like help with finding help, send me a PM).

    There are many misconceptions about depression and other psychological issues. We must continue to fight for better understanding and care. We need to treat mental health as seriously as we do physical health--they are tied together anyway. I am vocal about my issues with depression because I want to be a voice. I'm not famous but I have a blog and I've written one book and working on another--and I try to use whatever platform I have to shine a light of truth on depression.

    Most people don't realize that more people missed work last year due to depression than ALL "physical" illnesses combined. Anyone who tells you that you are faking doesn't know what he's talking about.

    Here's a (((((((((hug)))))))) from another person who suffers from this. I've actually been struggling a bit with it now, which is why I've not been around month. This is the first Holiday season without my mother. She died on New Years Day last year and I just miss her so much. So, I really do understand. Take good care and PM me any time.
     

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