Depression sucks. I know. I have been there. Severe clinical depression. And thanks to a great therapist and family doctor (that I still see every 6 months), I am beating it and living life to its full.
I have spoken on depression several times and will probably speak on it more. My research has revealed that millions of people are diagnosed with depression each year and hundreds of thousands more suffer from depression but never seek help so are never properly diagnosed.
Here is the last time I spoke on depression. (Skip ahead to 19:30 for just my message)
You don't have to be ashamed about having depression. I was and was miserable. It wasn't until I admitted it and went to see the Dr. that things started getting better. I no longer hide it.
You are not alone and there is help. In fact, I want to put together a list of men and women who have been through the dark valley of depression and are willing to lend an encouraging ear to someone who is in the midst of the dark valley of depression and has difficulty seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. This will NOT be a list of counseling, clinical, or medical assistance, treatment, or diagnosis. It will be a list of friends who will listen and be able to relate because you have "been there done that".