How can something so incredibly common remain such a taboo subject that can only be discussed by doctors and behind closed doors?
I'm prompted to blog this due to a thread on UK ambulance forum (link on the right - I can't do hyperlinks via mobile) regarding depression.
I was diagnosed with depression nearly 7 years ago. I was broken and drained. I was very close to quitting medical school because of it.
I'm by no means an example of 'cured' but I am well managed.
I'm on my third anti depressant but I'm coping well. I love my job and have found (I think) which speciality I want to spend the rest of my career in.
But if I hadn't bitten the bullet, overcome the stigma and addressed my own prejudices regarding depression then I probably wouldn't be a doctor now.
This post is also partly fuelled by the doctor at work who told me that depression is not a mental illness - that it is concocted by primary care (GPs) to get QOF points.
And who says the NHS is full of non-judgemental professionals.
If you are struggling - seek help. I've never looked back