Are you sad, lonely and in pain—but too afraid or ashamed to seek help? Dr. Robin says depression is a serious disease, not just a simple case of the blues. If left undiagnosed and untreated, depression can lead to despair and even death by suicide. "Reassess whether or not you've been cloaking your own depression—your own despair, your own hurt and ache," she says.
When we minimize the reality of depression, Dr. Robin says we risk putting ourselves or our loved ones in grave danger. Figure out what it is you need to do now so that your life can begin to turn itself around and become one that you actually want to live, she says. "If you're at the end of your rope today, let's put a knot at that end so that you don't slip off, slip through, slip away."
Printed from Oprah.com on Friday, December 6, 2013