Charlie Mine here....Sad to say I'm one of the antiquities. Sigh. At times I didn't think I'd be able to hold out to see 38, but here I am. A friend suggested I post here, more to help other people than get help myself, but it does tend to work both ways IMO. I was diagnosed with depression when I was 11. My most recent diagnosis (a year ago) was: "Thymic depression with bouts of major depression and suicidal ideation along with an unspecified anxiety disorder." Whew! That's enough to make anyone proud, eh? So anyways....been in counselling on and off for most of my life; history of child abuse (being abused, not doing the abusing!)....So far I have consistently refused meds because I'm a paranoid freak when it comes to that stuff-don't even like to take aspirin, and I was even leery of vitamins for a while. I use exercise, diet, sleep, writing, and my shrink to manage my symptoms. I gotta say exercise has been a life saver for me, literally. If I don't get at least 30 mins of cardio a day, it shows. And I'm not talkin' about my waistline, either! I'm a good listener, but I worry about doing more harm than good, so I may not talk much. We'll see.... Oh, and I've written some stuff that was therapeutic for me, but might be triggering....You can search the Hub Pages for CharlieMine if you want to read any of it. Um...thanks? Yeah. Thanks.