How has depression effected your life?

United States
February 26, 2007 8:35am CST
Your relationships? Jobs? Schooling? Physical self?
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I've been dealing with severe depression for many yrs now and before medication it affected my life in numerous ways and areas except my job really but I worked in a bar and we could (and actually were supposed to) drink during our shifts so that was my outlet....physically depression has done a serious number on me..I carry my stress and anger in various parts of my body (shoulders, neck, spine mainly, tummy and head) so when I have a really bad day physcially I go through hell...When I was in school all those yrs ago it affected me terribly then too..I had horrible grades, couldnt concentrate, skipped a lot, eventually got kicked out, went back for a couple months then quit...Relationships...its varied over the yrs...luckily though my husband has been very aware and supportive etc which makes such a HUGE difference
• United States
26 Feb 07
Yes, having the support of a loved one does help alot for me too.
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@besthope44 (12145)
• India
21 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.
@cybergwen (158)
• United States
27 Feb 07
Depression has robbed me of a life. That is the easiest way to put it. I haven't been able to hold a job for very long, if at all. I didn't finish college. It has hurt me financialy with my credit, lack of any retirement, etc. I am now in a relationship that is strong, but prior to this, I was in relationships that could best be described as dysfunctional. I have very few concrete friends and nothing really to show for my 35 years on this planet other than the fact that I am still alive. That is something at least:)
@GuateMom (1411)
• Canada
27 Feb 07
When I am in a depressive state, I find myself unable to care for my son properly. I feed him and give him the basics, but I can´t play with him or give him the love he needs. The same goes for my husband. I also have troubles motivating myself to work or study anything, I just stay in bed. But that´s when I´m really deep, most of the time I am on a functioning level.
@creationhub (3068)
• Malaysia
27 Feb 07
Depression definetely affects our life. In fact, it can devastate us completely. I learned to cope with this problem the past one year. What I do now, is to make sure my thoughts are pure, noble and positive. Remember that nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so. We are also the product of our thoughts. If I am to keep on self pitying myself, then that's what I'll be.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
26 Feb 07
Depression has certainly affected all of the above in my life- my relationships, job (lack of), schooling and physical self. When I was first diagnosed as being depressed I was in highschool and feeling sad all the time, not wanting to be around people and my concentration level was minimal. It actually got to the point where I stopped going to school and ended up completing a lot of my credits online. As for the physical part of it, I often felt like I had little energy and something as simple as taking a walk really wore me down, I wanted to sleep all the time.
@Springlady (3986)
• United States
26 Feb 07
Depression is not fun, I know! It has affected lots of areas of my life. But now, I have given my life to the Lord and He has helped me tremendously! I realize that I am His child and He loves me more than I will ever imagine. Do I still get depressed? Yes. Sometimes. But it is nothing like it was before I really put my trust in the Lord.
@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
26 Feb 07
Depression has effected me that I feel I can no longer take on working outside the home. The only thing I could do at this point is to pick up work from the internet. As far as my relationship goes, it has put a big effect on my relationship as well.