It does seem that depression (and anxiety) are not choices-who would deliberately choose them?! It is wonderful that Mayo Connect is here so that nobody
who knows about it has to feel completely alone. There is always somebody to share with and who will empathize and support and understand likely
from personal experience. Also it gives us the chance to learn and possibly find helpful info. and ideas on how we can manage. I am so grateful for learning about genetic resting for mental health medications for example. One thing we learned in our Recovery group was that changing our thoughts when we are in a downward spiral can help. It is not necessarily easy to do I know. How to do that is anything that works for you- eg go for a walk, phone a friend, watch a TV show, go to the store, walk the dog if you have one, look up something on the computer that might interest you etc. Practice does help I have found.