Time to take a little risk. Why not? Life is short. PC is as unlikely a place for a thread on depression/anxiety as any. There are probably scores of online groups addressing the problem(s). I've never looked. If statistics are to be believed, others who are on PC besides me have been diagnosed with chronic depression and/or anxiety (they often are linked, for those who don't know, but do also occur separately). Or there could be people who wonder if they "have it", who have thought about seeing a psychiatric professional but have backed away, don't dare, feel they can't deal with the "stigma". (Yes, despite more openness the last 25 years, there is still a strong stigma, in the minds of some, attached to "mental disorders".) If PCers don't personally have the problem, odds are strong some have an S.O. who does, or another family member, or one or more friends. Some undoubtedly know personally of a suicide among family members or friends. (Suicide will not be the focus of this effort, though it certainly can be talked about.) If someone wants to post here, but is unwilling to do so under his or her screen name, they can do so under the "guest" mechanism. Why even do this? Because I believe, after 50 years of being aware of my illness, that it would have been better for me if I had "come out of the closet" a long time ago. As it was, mine wasn't clinically diagnosed until I was almost 30, which cost me at least 15 years of early treatment. (I became aware that I was somehow "different" at about age 15.) Perhaps, with a little sensitivity, you could help someone to get diagnosed. Or treated. That would be "worth it" for me. A "therapy" or "support" group? No, PC isn't the place. Individual conversations arising from the thread could be useful for some, though. We all have the potential to be resources for one another in various ways, as I think we all know. I'm always available for individual communication, too, through PM or e-mail. If there's any interest at all, I'll talk more freely about my experience with these twin near-killers as things unfold. I won't "spill my gut" up front, as if I were wearing it on my sleeve, or seeking attention. That's not the case. A touch of obsessive/compulsive? Yep. Manic/depressive? That, too. "Panic attacks", perhaps the scariest instances in one's life? Yep. Spent too much of my life in ERs before I was diagnosed. Agorophobia? Yes, in its "mild" form. Schizophrenia? Nope. Yet I managed to function in a lifelong working career, with few knowing of my "baggage", except for a supervisor or close friend or two. Others aren't so fortunate. Two days ago the results of a landmark study on the effectiveness of a few depression medications were announced. Bottom line: 50% who take meds are helped. This is higher than I would have thought. The "help rate" for traditional "talking therapy" is far lower. The psychiatric community doesn't trumpet it, but the "success rate" for meds-less therapy is less than 10%. I happen to be taking one of the four anti-depressants that the study surveyed. In my case, I tried at least 15 other meds before finding that this one worked for me. So one lesson: don't give up. There is one other PCer who has openly mentioned his depression. I hope that person chimes in. Geez, look at all the gays who feel free to speak openly here!