I've been a long time sufferer of mental health issues for many years. Mid 30s now, and would say I've suffered from depression since early teens/childhood. I guess my approach to the problem is 'just keep going and survive at any cost'. This gets me through to some degree. However, this approach doesn't always work when I have my lows. I try to be objective in my perception of reality, aware that I've had lows in the past and to try and be positive in the future. I've seen counsellors in the past and whilst they were helpful I never really felt I was able to 'solve' my issues. I was sitting at my desk after lunch, and BANG, a big low, weary, and almost catatonic. I suppose this fits the profile of bi-polar disorder but I don't really have periods of great elation at all...just the lows. In a sense, these lows are very frustrating because it's not like I can predict them. I sink, then wallow, and kind of limp onward wondering what will happen in the future.