This is where the Like button really comes in handy - I sometimes just use it to acknowledge I’ve read something that was addressed directly to me if I can’t think of anything that feels worth saying in response.
@DarwinBabe, @tricklenipple - really sorry to hear about how you’re both feeling. Not situations I can offer much help with I’m afraid, but I hope things improve for both of you soon. DB, good on you making the decision to go back on the meds since you think they’ll help for the time being.
@sky_box_office - This I can kind of empathise with. Until a few months ago I kept telling myself that I wasn’t actually depressed, just down and a bit empty at times, particularly having read some of the things people in here feel at times - my experience pales in comparison, and although I really struggle with certain things I’m actually relatively functional most of the time. I’ve since learnt though that actually I’ve got “moderately severe” depression and quite a lot of symptoms that I didn’t realise were related to my condition.
Even if you don’t think at the moment what you’re experiencing is depression, it’s might be worth going through the PHQ 9 and GAD 7 questionnaires to get a handle on whether it looks like you might be suffering from that or an anxiety disorder at the moment.
Also remember that a certain amount of anxiety or feeling down/sad about things is a natural part of being human and that you can always come in here to scream/shout/complain/word vomit whenever you like.