Does Someone Have Depression Forever?

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  • Question:


    Jo wrote...


    Is depression 4ever? I would have never thought that I would go through depression. But here I am and it hurts. How do I explain to my 14 year old daughter what I am going through. She seems so angry with me. I need someone to talk to. The evenings are the worst time for me. Is that normal?


    Thanks to anyone who is willing to help.




    Dear Jo,


    Are you being treated for the depression? If you are, maybe you could take your daughter to the doctor with you for part of your appointment so the doctor can explain it to her and to give her a chance to ask questions.

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    Do your best to keep communication open. Have you talked with her to see if she's angry? Sometimes, fear can come across as anger, and she may be worried about you.


    For someone to talk to, you can post here and get support. For in-person support, you might want to see if you can find a support group. Yes, many people find that their depression is worse at certain times of day, often evening and night.


    There's no way to answer how long depression lasts. It's different for everyone, and it can depend on the type of depression.


    Jo, you might want to discuss these questions with your doctor too. Get all the insight you can.


    Hope this helps,


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Published On: October 09, 2007