I’ve been on medication for my depression for the past two years of my life. I’m going to talk about my experience with it so far, because there are a LOT of pretty strong opinions out there. The most popular opinion that I hear by far is that medication is awful and pushed on everyone for no reason. And of course sometimes that’s completely true, and it really isn’t for everyone. I never thought it was for me and I resisted it for years. People should know that it’s not always a horror story. Sometimes, the most traditional methods really do work.
I’ve suspected that I had dysthymia since high school, but I was only diagnosed with it this year. Dysthymia is a form of low-grade depression that is chronic and lasts for many years – some people have it their whole lives. It can start so early and last for so long that people simply believe that it is who they are, and don’t realize that there is anything ‘different’ about them. This was the case for me.