Originally posted by kerazeesicko
It is not a chemical imbalance in the brain.....because it is not real...
It is amazing to me that people on this web site who have not experienced true clinical depression act as if they are experts on it.
I was on the "depression is not a real mental illness" bandwagon before I experienced it too. I was on the "you don't need medication to treat depression" bandwagon before I experienced it too. But when I finally did experience it, my opinion changed very quickly.
That is why I am saying that you DO NOT know what you are talking about until you have experienced it.
Before this depression hit me, I was very against taking any form of medication. But when it did hit me, it was simply too much for me to bear. The weight of the depression and the anxiety that accompanies it is too difficult to ignore and too difficult to correct on your own. The feeling of being trapped inside yourself with no way out and nowhere to turn is a very real issue and a symptom of a very real disorder.
I had the same opinion on this subject as you until I learned what it is truly like to live with depression. I hope that you never have to experience it, but if you are ever unfortunate enough to experience it, you will find out real quick exactly what I mean.