I was depressed most of my life.
I attributed most of it to having the skin disease vitiligo.
I'm sure anyone who "out of the blue" gets a strange skin disease at age 14 will get depression too.
Over the years the depression got worse along with the skin disease.
I used illicit drugs and booze to cope.
I couldn't get a decent job with benefits back then and had no health insurance to get profesional help .
At age 26 I got sick ,dizzy with balance problems so I saw a doctor who couldn't figure out what was wrong and said it was anxiety.
About a year and a half later all symptoms just disappeared out of nowhere but I was still depressed.
Right b4 my 50th birthday my thyroid started to swell and I got those same symptoms from 25 years ago along with many, many more.
It took a few years to get on the right meds from the right doctor.
Now I'm happy with no depression.
I still have vitiligo which is much worse than ever and I'm truly happy.
I never took any anti depressants from a doctor but treated the depression myself the wrong way with drugs and alcohol.
I no longer need or use that way of escape since thyroid treatment.
My point here is thyroid disease was the cause of my depression and not the vitiligo.
Yea I was depressed when I got the skin disease but after many years that should have gone away.
I knew I had something else wrong with me but no one believed me and blamed it on my skin disease.
"I'm living proof that thyroid disease causes a chemical imbalance called clinical depression"