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John McManamy: Depression … Are We All Alone?

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Many thanks to my friend John McManamy for blogging on my post “Depression: They Just Don’t Get It” last week. I like how he answers the question, “Are we all alone in our depression?”

No, not really. Way too many of us, unfortunately, get depressed. Between those with major unipolar depression and those with bipolar depression, not to mention those with depression as a symptom of another illness, we are talking in the neighborhood of one in five Americans who experience major depression over the course of their lifetimes. 

So, if your family and friends are deaf to you, all you have to do is reach out a little further. Literally, throw a stone out the window. It is bound to land on someone who has been through depression. You will have someone to talk to. Keep in mind that Bill Styron, cited by Therese, cultivated friendships with fellow depressives Mike Wallace and Art Buchwald.

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  • http://www.xochocolatehealth.com/health-benefits.html Marcia

    I’m in another of my depressions this weekend, but thankfully they haven’t noticed how quiet I am and had a chance to label and shake their heads that I’m off again. It makes me mad that I can’t eat ice cream and goodies like the rest of them without getting hammered with negative thoughts that make me feel so empty and out of control. The last few days we’ve had guest so I’ve been eating too much, lots of sugared sweets and not exercising, hence the depression is here again. No one else in the family seems to get it like I do.
    This past month I found a healthy chocolate that helps my sweet tooth and doesn’t let me get depressed. So glad God made chocolate good for us. If you have a sweet tooth, you might like to read about like I did.

  • Your Name

    I was alway crying about something or wishing I was dead. I noticed it more when I put on weight but it didnt stop when I too the weight off. Sometimes it got so bad I was thinking of ways to die quick so my kids would not know what was wrong with me. The drugs are so expensive that I am trying over the counter stuff… Its not working.
    Does depression also make you mad at everyone and everything? My emotions are so confused. I hate it. Can someone help..
    sandi

  • Your Name

    This is my first bog and I have been reading them daily. I know exactly what it feels like to want to end life quickly. I feel so contained and unable to think clearly that I just lay in bed. I have been helping my friend and sister get to their appointments. I figure if I get out of the apartment then I can get my blood going and feel free. I did get mad at first and was irritated but as time goes on I just take of me first. I do what needs to be done at the moment, dishes, cooking, other things like mopping, cleaning I leave until I am in the mood. It passes Sandi, keep the faith,

  • Your Name

    Myself has been dealing with major depression to the point i was put in a mental hospital. in feb. Now i have been off work since due to them adjusting my medication. i feel there is no end and have thoughts of just ending my life so it would be over with.

  • Your Name

    I Seriously believe my depression is related to bipolar disorder. Its odd and strange that when i get up i can feel like traveling hugging the sun, Then later on I can feel like all I want to do is stay in a room in Solitarey Confidement. I have my Ups and downs and I think I could use some help.

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