I would say this as well:
- When people talk about depression, they don’t mention that it involves a form of social demotion. As you say, people will leave your life and at work I found even people trying to help were nonetheless condescending. Once recovered, people around you can be stuck in a outdated view of who you are. You can be trapped by depression and trapped again in people’s view of you.
- Therapy is about the theraputic relationship. If it doesn’t feel like one where you have a rapport, walk away.
- More and a few times I’ve met therapists with a religious agenda. They keep it under check and then can’t help themselves. If you’re a humanist or atheist, then go elsewhere. Otherwise, you might have to consider the power of prayer after stumping up the fees.