Having lived with the stigma of bouts of depression for 40 years, I have now reached the age where I am not going to be ashamed anymore when I collect my monthly prescriptions. You name it, I've done it - self medicated with alcohol until that dragged me to rock bottom, had 3 episodes when I overdosed. All the time these events made me more ashamed and isolated me from everyone around me - friends, my family. making me more depressed and more lonely. It is sad that I have reached the age of 55 not knowing what happiness is. I am determined to try to make the most of the years ahead. This is the very first time I have put this down in words. I hope I haven't upset anyone
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