This post has been on my mind for a long time. I've been encouraged by the maturity and well-disposed nature of our community to finally type it out. This past year, my first in college, I was diagnosed with depression. I would describe it as a fallout, a kind of descent into nothing. The resulting introspection has led me to believe I had a "trigger" event, which set the illness into motion. I've also begun to see traces of it throughout my life in its various hiding places and facades... high-school and even childhood. Apparently it runs strongly in my family. I've decided to take some action and plan on starting an awareness group on my campus this Fall. To think that hundreds of others are suffering like I did in their dorm rooms, or wherever, something just has to be done! This same year, a student in our dormitory jumped off the 9th floor in an apparent suicide (I didn't know him, but it was still profound)... I definitely see a path, a need for change. Right now I'm on 40mg of Celexa, with Trazodone for sleep. My doctor recommended I see a full-fledged psychiatrist (he is family practice) to re-evaluate my condition as I'm still having problems. I've been very hesitant to make the appointment though. The rest of my family is on Celexa as well. One of the complexities I am discovering about the disease, is its deep-rooted presence in the spiritual and emotional spheres, even though medical science has made a physical connection as well! That is to say, medicine is only one part of a complete strategy to wellness, and I think this is a healthy realization for those coming out of depression. I'd like to hear from fellow members... do you have the illness, how do you cope? Are you on medicines, what have you tried? When did you know? Or do you have family members/loved ones who suffer from depression? Thank you for listening!