Welcome to Beyond Blue. Glad you have come aboard.
The psychologist I see told me a little while ago that I would have depression for the rest of my life. It will come and go and I will need to work on managing my life and mental health. Frankly I was terrified, horrified and yes, depressed. It was not what I wanted to hear. I want to know that this can be cured and I can live my life without this thing creeping up on me.
I don't know whether to believe him and go with the flow, or fight and say I will never be depressed again. Still working it out. Perhaps I can have both?
I suppose people have illnesses that are chronic but under control as long as the person manages the illness properly. Things like diabetes, epilepsy, arthritis etc. I'm not sure I find it very comforting though. I would prefer it was like the 'flu. Get it, get over it, get on with life. Unfortunately I cannot pick and choose what I get. Mind you, if I could I would choose not to be unwell at all.
Meanwhile I am trying to do the things that make life bearable. Choosing to stay on track is not always easy I have found. It takes a great deal of courage and determination. The problem with depression is that it saps the energy and determination very quickly if you once let it get out of hand. Like everyone, I suppose, I've been there and done that. It's a hard road back.
May I suggest that you explore this web site? There are a great many resources you may find useful. Some of the literature available is specifically for family and friends to help them understand depression, anxiety and various other mental illnesses.
I hope others who use this web site will also reply to you. Please keep posting. I will look forward to your replies.