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So where do I go
« on: November 04, 2017, 02:08:39 PM »
So where do I go from here. I am a healthcare professional and an avid outdoorsman. The stigma attached to being depressed is uncanny. People look at you as if you were contagious. Meanwhile my soul screams in silence. I have survived gangs, drug dealing and yet in the end the emotional scars that I have used to protect myself is what will be the very thing that might be my demise. Dont know why today of all days but, today is bad. I can deny the depression. I can run from it. Still no matter what I do I cant fight it.  I have saved lives. People and families are together because of me yet I find no solace in that. I will go to sleep and wake to fight another day
Re: So where do I go
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2017, 03:44:18 AM »
I think men take strength from other men. If they see other men around them faltering, they wonder if they can handle life’s challenges themselves. If they don’t acknowledge it, they can pretend it doesn’t exist and pretend everything is fine.

You know it really does suck how the good can’t overcome the bad when you have depression but the bad can easily overtake the good. Try to remember that depression is not forever and it will have an end, even if it doesn’t feel like it now. You’ll get through this just like every other challenge in your life. Hang in there!
Re: So where do I go
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2017, 06:57:14 AM »
If you haven't done so already, go see someone.  There is no shame in getting help.  People come to you for help and you are only human.  Maybe it could be as simple as being on some medication and you could be a completely different person.  You are a bigger, braver and stronger man by getting help then to have depression beat you.

I hope you get some help.