Thank you for writing this Heather. Just imagining myself in a similar place, I would have a hard time sharing it with the world so openly. Out of pretty much the same fears. Maybe you realized it, maybe not, but you’re also helping those who meet others that have symptoms of depression. While I still fear what medication can do to change someone for the worse, reading your story helps me consider it more seriously and I believe I will behave better next time I get to know someone who I can see is struggling.
Also, I always thought you were a wonderful person :) I’m somewhat surprised you have this past, which I intend to sound as a positive thing — I didn’t see it. And reading this doesn’t make me thing you’re any less wonderful.