Andrew: Loving someone with depression
Depression is devastating. When someone is experiencing depression, their entire life is blown apart. It can be a massive struggle just to make it through each day. But they aren't the only ones who struggle. Often forgotten are the loved ones of a person with depression. No-one tells them how to cope. They don't know what to do. I would like to try and offer some advice to those people. Knowing somebody you love is struggling with depression leaves you feeling incredibly helpless. You feel if you could say the right thing, or do something special, that maybe you will be able to help them to...
Paul's story: Living with perfectionism and depression
My name's Paul and I'm a recovering perfectionist. I am also recovering from depression. The two are connected. I'd been trying to do too much, too well, trying to please too many people, expecting too much of myself for too long, putting too much pressure on myself, creating too much stress. That's a lot of âtoo muches' for one person. My self-esteem took a battering, I stopped looking forward to anything and I felt like I was useless and hopeless. This might sound like my depression was my fault but however cruel I have been to myself over the last few years I'm not going to start blaming...
Claire's story: overcoming severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder
I was diagnosed with severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder after being raped shortly after my 16th birthday. I have struggled with self-harm ever since, taken numerous overdoses and had many hospital admissions. I had buried the pain so deep inside and felt so ashamed that I despised myself and destroyed my body. In January this year, out of the blue, I received a phone call telling me the person who raped me had been accused again of the same crime on someone else. I decided I had to go forward - I needed to do what I should've done so long ago and I thought it would ease my...
Karen's story: Overcoming depression with exercise
I'm a dance fitness instructor and I just love it! I have a great range of people come to my classes from all walks of life, all ages, and of all abilities. Many people have told me how much they have lost weight and felt better since taking classes. But dance isn't just about fitness and losing weight, it can also help mentally as well as physically. A few years ago I was, like many others, struggling with money, work and my physical health (I have carpal tunnel syndrome and Raynaud's disease) and my depression started to rear its head again. My depression first started many years ago after...
Albert's story: Talking about friendships, relationships and mental illness
Albert is 55 years old. He has experienced severe depression and also has schizoaffective Disorder and a social phobia which he now manages through a combination of medical treatment and family support. There's a history of mental illness in my family although it wasn't known until after my mother's suicide in 1986. I have had two major bouts of depression , which began during a non-physical relationship with a woman at work. The relationship became too complicated and resulted in me walking out of work and having two months off with depression. Eight months after I returned to work, I...
Melissa's story: Finding a treatment that works
I am 35 and struggled with severe depression for most of my twenties. I tried so many types of treatments including dozens of drug trials, various therapies, even ECT . I attended day programs and lived in residential treatment and group homes, often needing intense care.The pain was so severe I was hospitalised 20 different times for suicidality and self harm . Much of the time I was completely without hope. Though I have limited memory of the worst years, I know that it was like slogging through mud. Every movement, every step took so much effort. Being alive was exhausting. But I had...
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Video blogging saved my life7 November 2014, Guest Blogger
Sam is a primary school teacher living in Devon; here he talks about how opening up and telling the truth on video was a blessing that helped him deal with anxiety and depression.
How poetry helped me recover from depression12 May 2014, Guest Blogger
Rachel Kelly - author of a book about her journey through depression - talks about the healing power of poetry.