My mother has recently made a point of noting how my older sister is suffering from her depression badly, however she's never noticed over all the years I've suffered from depression. Furthermore, when this topic comes up it aggravates my usually mild OCD and I end up thoroughly cleaning, tidying and organising my room often in the middle of the night as some sort of coping mechanism. I've opened up to very close friends about this but as they don't suffer depression, or certainly not as badly as I have done, they struggle to advise me although they do try and care for me as best they can. I wonder if anyone with similar experiences has any advise or encouragement or would just let me know I'm not the only one in this situation?
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