One of the biggest issues I have found in the past, with trying to receive treatment for depression is not the stigma associated with a mental illness and the limited resources, but the hoops that one must hop through and the red tape one must cut through when one must ask for government help to receive treatment with depression. One of the major issues that a person with depression deals with is a lack of motivation and energy. If you are already having trouble with dealing with life in general, and are constantly feeling worthless, it magnifies those feelings exponentially when you have to call or visit multiple places, filling out forms, begging people for help. If you are living in poverty already, and clinically depressed, it makes it that much harder when you are told you make too much money to get help paying for treatment, or that because you don't have children or a spouse that you don't deserve help paying for treatment. These kinds of barriers when trying to receive help can push a person over the edge, to the point where they actually believe that they are completely worthless, to where they lose all hope for their future.
Living with depression is an oxymoron. While a person has untreated clinical depression, they cannot truly live their life.
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