HD, I'm glad you found a place to volunteer, that's a great first step!
Do you have your next step lined up? I know you said you're interested in support groups, that's a great idea. You might check some local universities in both the counseling dept and the psychology dept and see if they have groups or free therapy. I think individual therapy is a great option too. If you don't have insurance, it might take a little digging, but a lot of private psychologists have interns working for them who will offer free services, or if you're low income there are community agencies
I always come into these threads talking about medication, and I don't want to make it seem like the end-all-be all.. but if this is something you've been struggling with for awhile, and it's not a situational-type of depression, you might
really want to consider seeing a psychiatrist to discuss medication. They can help your mind adjust well enough to benefit even more from the therapy, volunteering etc.
And save that hotline # in your phone!
Keep yourself busy. Not in an overwhelming way, but I've seen people who stay in their homes, shades closed, nothing to do during the day, end up in a much worse place than the ones who look for healthy outlets in their journey to get well.
eta: yall have a lot of amazing stories. Rajin, I loved yours
Edited by Lite Brite - Jan 25 2014 at 11:37am