I've been diagnoised with Major Depression Disorder with Psychosis and Stress Anxiety after I attempted suicide and was committed to a mental institution last spring. For more than 10 years I wasn't getting REM sleep, living with several severe chronic pain issues and trying counseling and biblical counseling to cope with mood. I now know that the medications that I'm on now continue to save my life. I also know that after a year I've had to have my dosage change because my depression likes to creep up on me like an ocean and drag me down with an anchor tied around my waist! The hardest part about taking anti-depressant is that one is a test tube. There have been numerous medication that didn't work for me. And I continued to suffer. Once I was committed the doctors put me on a combination of anti-depressants I was finally able to sleep...for 13 hours. I cried.
I also understand there's no cookie cutter method for dealing with depression and not everyone suffers from the degree that I have. But, after hearing about Richard Armstrong's suicide, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I also say that people should seek help so that they can get the help they need!