Anxiety and depression since I was a little kid. Many in my immediate and extended families had, and do suffer from this. (Heavy genetic loading) Of my four children, only one seems to have gotten off lightly enough to have always been functional - and very successful too! All are very intelligent, lovely people. Another two have recovered enough to now be much happier and able to maintain good jobs in their fields of choice.
One has had schyzophrenia since age 14, but now is in REMISSION. (how I love that word!) She is unable to work and needs lots of support, which she is getting from the Mental Health system, and her loving Mum. A miracle! She is perfectly lucid, has her sense of humour back, is kind, and just as interesting as she ever was before the darkness set in. My baby's back! She lost 30years of her life to that evil disease.
I've been in therapy for 20 yrs. The marriage didn't help. Left him 30 years ago. Hardest, most expensive, scariest, and best thing I've ever done. I'm now financialy almost nonexistent, but so much stronger and richer than I ever hopped I'd ever be. I rent a tiny corner in a private house, and everyone thinks I'm cool - especially the dog! My landlords let me garden my heart out on their property, and invite me to join in on family bar-b-ques. How great is that?
I take a fist full of psych meds, and see both a psychologist and a psychiatrist once a month. Both are wonderful, kind, and wise. I've hit the jack-pot! I'm still plagued by 'what's the use?' lethargy, but slowly coming along. (yeah, the gardening gets neglected quite a bit. Some years worse than others.) I'm no longer terrified of answering the phone, but making a phone call is still hard. I find it very difficult to attend to everyday errands. I also find that I need to use pretty much all of the following day to recover. However, constant tweeking of my meds seems to finally be helping with this. So does the love and happiness of my kids. That's the best medicine of all - forgive the smarmy cliche. It's true, nevertheless.