I first suffered a bout of severe depression when I was 15 years old. Having taken a large overdose of xxxxx I hid in my room. 'Treatment' consisted of pumping out my stomach then keeping me under observation for a couple of nights. I was back at school within 3 days, and to my knowledge was never spoken to by any sort of mental health professional. One of the big factors for me has always been the idea that any time I fill out a job application, I am forced to admit to having been treated for depression. It seems completely wrong to me that bank robbers, muggers, burglars, embezzlers and con men, not to mention almost every other kind of criminal, are absolved of their crimes after 5 years. Yet because I was treated for depression once at the age of 15 I am forced to declare this on every application form I have ever completed (I am now 48). Just recently I have applied for 2 jobs and in both received interviews which went extremely well with the interviewers being extremely enthusiastic. During both interviews I was asked to complete a health questionnaire and on both occasions I failed to get the job. I am convinced that being treated for depression was what turned them against me, even though I have never taken a day off for it. Now I am once again suffering from severe depression, trapped in a dead-end poorly paid and part-time job, I feel like my life is over. Even if I can get past my current problems, I will never get a better job since nobody wants some depressed loser working for them.