Upon being diagnosed with depression, it is helpful to learn all you can about your particular type whether it is one of the 4 unipolar ones, bipolar, or manic. You will also need to find your best treatment program through working with your doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist, and insurance. Also you will want to find support and be selective about who you share your mental illness details with.
My mother used to make a firm distinction between what she termed friends and those she considered mere acquaintances. A true friend, she argued, was somewhat you could turn to at any time, a person you could trust and who would stand by you for as long as it took, a rock of social support. An acquaintance may be friendly and even helpful but…