By Elena Sledge, as told to Kara Mayer Robinson

I’ve been living with depression for almost 12 years. I’m 31 now and I found out I had major depressive disorder when I was 19.

I had a miserable freshman year of college, but I didn’t really know what was wrong. I saw a therapist and the following summer, I was diagnosed with major depression. Looking back, I can see I was also depressed in high school.

Coming to terms with my diagnosis was a process. I had a hard time understanding why I was depressed and where it came from. In my mind,…


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