I just recently thought about this. I just feel that if you have never been exposed to depression, etc. you just can't relate to someone on the same level as if you have had it. I didn't understand it as well either before I became afflicted by it. I also used to think stupidly that its just some silly phase, something we can easily get over, not as serious as a physical disease that I can see its ravaging effects on the outside, etc. I feel this experience with it would make me a better care-taker for my patients than those who have simply read mounds of books on this subject. There is just nothing like being exposed to such a devastating disease to better connect with your patients. I now understand how the disease robs you of any goals and ambitions, it skews your view on everything, it makes you think that going to a mental health doctor is a waste of time and money, why bother, it will never get better, suicide is the only answer, etc. Its just like someone else has taken over the steering wheel on the car that is your life, you've been pushed to the passenger's seat, and its taking you where you don't want to go, but you just can't help it. Am I right? I'm probably wrong and just spouting some nonsense, haha, my low self-esteem talking again. :biggrin-new: I just don't think those who have been mentally healthy their whole life can really be qualified to be mental health doctors. Just like I feel that I can't take advice from any friend or family member who has never suffered that way either. I just can't take them fully seriously! Its like being part of this exclusive club that nobody wishes they were a part of. If you're not on the inside, you'll just never understand like we do, ever.