What happens if you ignore your depression for a long period of time?

United States
January 18, 2007 2:17am CST
I've been ignoring my depression a few other metal issued I have been having for at least 6 years now. It seem to start when I began to understand life and my brain became more complex. I taught myself to ignore it after my parents told me that they do not believe in medication for mental illness. Is this going to cause any long-term damage? I will have breaking points where I just fall into a deep depression and cut off all communication for weeks at a time and then pop back up on the radar after self-recovery. I've noticed that going out and making friends... bringing old friends back and becoming more social is therapeutic and tends to ease my tension, if you will. What are you views on depression and how has it effected you? What could I do to maybe keep it covered up or just move on?
4 responses
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
24 Oct 10
Most time, its my work..with ontime deliveries and work loads. I try to divert mind on music and i feel better. We need to manage depression, as it is part of life in busy world. But if we concentrate, we can manage it. I does it through my yoga, listening music and going out on vacation.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
20 Jan 07
Just an afterthought aplacetorest...... I have viewed your profile and noticed your musical tastes and movies you like etc etc I don't wish to be too personal but it may also help to listen to more upbeat forms of music and more positive types of movies once in a while! I am a big believer that things you listen to and things you watch can have differing effects on the psyche. I apologise if I am being too forward.
• Canada
18 Jan 07
You need help!! Don't let people trick you or push you into thinking you don't. I was on medication for depression a couple of years back, and it worked for me. I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, and it gets worse in the wintertime, so I'll often go on anti-depressants in the winter. No harm using them. Your parents need to mind their own business.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
18 Jan 07
From experience, on of the worst things you can do in the case of depression is ignore it. It will not go away on its own, trust me. Your parents probably do not advocate medication because in their day not as much was known or acknowledged about depression. We have come a long way since then. This is not to say that you should immediately head on down to a Doctor's office and ask to be put on anti-depressants! It helps to initially talk with someone professional or experienced in these matters to determine the best course of action. If the cost of these services is an issue, there are many free counselling services available in most cities. Six years is a long time to feel the way you feel. Life is too short. Do something now before you truly begin to accept that this is the way things are. It most certainly doesn't have to be this way! I was once on medication for a number of years but now I am not. Starting medication is not always a long term prospect, it can sometimes just allow you to fix other things in your life because the medication can help to relieve the stress of certain things. Also try to focus more on the things that you know will help. You mentioned a number of them in your post. Do what is right for you. Not what everyone else thinks is right. And get some unbiased advice! Good luck.