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June 06, 2007



Thank you for your post. As someone who has been in "treatment" for 8 years now, I often wish more people with all forms of mental illness would be more open about what they suffering through. If it was as okay to have a mental illness and take antidepressants as it is to have diabetes and take insulin the world would be a lot better place.

Jan b.

My daughter went through several years of the same thing. Hers started at a very young age - around age 7. She's 13 now and off the antidepressants, but we'll certainly not hesitate to use them if she has any more episodes of anxiety. If we can normalize our lives with something as simple as a pill, for goodness sake why not?! Thanks for telling your story.


Thanks for sharing your story with us. Being on meds to help the brain is not a bad or shameful thing. Unfortunately so many people look at that way. It'd be the same as taking meds for some other imbalance, such as a diabetic taking insulin, or someone with high blood pressure taking the proper meds. You are an inspiration.


The horrible irony is that your story...is my story. I so wish I had told you sooner, how I lived with panic from my early teens. How I thought I was losing my mind. How scared I was that I wouldn't be able to take care of my babies... But God is good. I'm so thankful that we've gotten through the bad times. I am even more grateful that you're handling this with such grace and poise.

Your hand is always in mine...and our hands are always in the Lord's. I love you so much.


The previous posters have said it all.. the only thing left to do is give you virtual hugs and say you do what you need to to take care of yourself!!

The M's

Thank you for sharing your story. I know that it is not easy to admit that we need help, however, I am glad that there is help.


Wow. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I, too, have been on meds for about 10 yrs. now. I don't so much have the panic attacks, but the anxiety sometimes overpowers me. What struck me most about your story was how you released yourself from feeling guilty for taking the meds. I, too, have felt failure to taking them. This gave me a whole new perspective on it. Keep fighting. Thank you so much!! God Bless :)

Big Sis

Hey, I am glad you "found" meds! What would my life be without you in it!!! Don't forget we all have skeletons.
Love you!


My response is a bit late, but I am only now starting to get my life organized and catch up on things I have missed.

I was also diagnosed with depression. I have a great job, wonderful family, lovely house, no financial worries, plenty of friends, and always look on the bright side of things. Anyone who has met me cannot believe I am depressed. Because I don't feel or act depressed. At least while I take my meds.

Without them I just don't want to be there. I don't want to be awake, or go to sleep. I don't want to watch TV, read books, do computer stuff....anything. I don't feel like killing myself, but, I just don't want to be conscious.

And you are so right, you end up taking the meds for your family and friends, because when you are depressed, you don't care about anything.

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