This probably ought to be in General Questions or maybe even Great Debates, but I’m posting it here because I don’t mind receiving replies that are more anecdotal in nature.
After reading over this thread I saw a few comments stating more or less that it is a bad idea to attempt to get over clinical depression on one’s own. I’m wondering to what degree this is true.
The only evidence I have here is my own. For a large part of my childhood, I was extremely frustrated with myself and my life, feeling that I was a worthless person and that I didn’t “deserve” to be alive, and wanted to die. I was extremely, debilitatingly shy to the point that I generally didn’t play with other children but just stayed in a corner by myself playing games. I was socially awkward and had no idea of what sorts of comments were appropriate to make in public. This was all made worse by the fact that I was tormented by my classmates in school and on a few occasions they implied that they wished I would die.
Eventually I started making friends, getting over my neuroses, gaining a great deal of self-confidence, and living more or less a normal, well-adjusted, happy life. I did not ever receive any therapy or go to anyone for help because I felt that what was happening to me was my own fault, that I deserved it, and that I shouldn’t burden anyone else with my negative feelings. So I wonder if I somehow gave myself the therapy I needed? I still have bad days but I have never even come close to the way I used to feel every day.