Having a long term medical condition, depression can sometimes accompany it. Often you are able to work through it with support of your consultant and those around you but there are times when you need to turn to other organisations.
My depression got quite severe and I had a couple of occasions when all I wanted to do was go to sleep and not wake up... Some may call this suicidal but for me, and I'm quoting a classic Robbie Williams line here, I didn't want to die but I didn't want to live either. I went through periods of simply existing. I ended up having to leave my job because there wasn't the understanding with my line manager. This in turn made me very isolated. I didn't contact friends because I didn't want to bring them down. I also didn't always have the confidence to go out, finding supermarkets or anywhere that had crowds very intimidating.
This was when I was referred to my local Mind group. Here I met people who had experienced varying degrees of mental health but getting to know them, I soon realised that my depression was nothing to be ashamed of and soon learnt that with the support of everyone there, I would soon find light at the end of the tunnel