Your 20s and 30s are supposed to be an exciting time in your life, right? For me, the last decade has been confusing as I've dealt with depression off and on and only recently realized exactly what was happening to me.
I've joined HealthCentral to understand more about what I'm dealing with. I spent some time in an outpatient facility this summer after having suicidal thoughts. Before that, I had no idea there were so many factors that could contribute to depression. I just assumed my personality was simply "blah," but it's more complicated than that.
My goal here is to not only learn more about depression, but also to help those in their 20s and early 30s understand how depression impacts their life as they embark on new jobs, new relationships and learning their sense of self. For instance, I spent part of my 20s avoiding social settings because I was anxious and depressed. If I can help even one person avoid that same fate, I'll be thrilled.
Of course, depression knows no age limits and there is plenty of common ground to discuss ranging from the loneliness we can feel, medication, suicidal thoughts, etc.
Since my outpatient stint, I've had family and friends come to me saying they never realized how bad I felt. It was eye-opening for all of us. For my immediate family and husband, this has been an incredible strain on them and I'll definitely be writing about how family is impacted when someone they love has mental illness.
I hope we can all get happy together.