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Hey Amini,

I am sorry to hear you have been struggling with depression for so long. I am glad your reached out.

First, I have to say to you what I say to all of my clients. Depression is treatable. There are a lot of treatment options to help someone who is living with depression.

Mental illness is no different from any other illness in that it is not something you choose. Mental illness is not a sign of weakness. Mental illness can be the result of an imbalance in your brain chemistry. Or it can be the result of things that have happened to you, life events that have occurred over the years. Or a combination of the two. But again, it is nothing to be ashamed of. You didn't cause or ask for this.

Having said that, I want to also offer you some encouragement. Reaching out for help when you are experiencing depression is the bravest thing you can do!

I am going to assume you aren't currently getting help with your depression. Here is a link to an article I wrote awhile back on how to get connected with treatment:

http://www.depressionconnect.com/discussions/...

If you have insurance, check out mental health providers on your insurance company website. If you have a public healthcare provider, like Medicaid, you can also check out a listing of local providers. Or Google. You can also talk to your regular physician about what's going on with you and ask for help.

One thing I was encouraged by in your question is that you seem to have a supportive family. And you have a job you love. Those are two very important strengths.

I also encourage you to continue to go through the motions of your life, like you seem to be doing. Keep pushing yourself to get up in the morning. Put yourself into the work you love. Spend quality time with family and friends. Eat healthy and get rest. Getting exercise can also improve your mood.

And if you are ever feeling really overwhelmed by your feelings of depression, get help immediately. Your local emergency room is equipped to help with mental health emergencies. Or you can call 911 and get help.

But again, I really encourage you to reach out for help. Depression is treatable! So take really good care of yourself by taking that first step and asking for help.

I hope you will stay in touch, my friend. Let me know how you're doing.

Gary

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