I think my illness may have been caused by immaturity.
Questions you may ask:
How could anyone become depressed just because they are immature?
I could not keep up with my peer group, and became isolated.
There are other things which accompany immaturity, for example, dependency.
There is a struggle to build relationships outside of the family home.
Being isolated, dependent, unable to create a persona and connections outside of a family setting,.. all this can add up, create pressure, and lead to depression.
Q. How did you overcome depression?
I had to accept my immaturity, and create tools so that I could live with all the consequences.
I had to adjust to living outside of my peer group, with few connections to people my own age.
I also had to accept that I would always be isolated, and develop tools to deal with that.
I feel that I am quite good at living with isolation now, and I rarely even think about it.
If I had rebelled against my immaturity, and refused to accept it, the chances are I would never have overcome mental illness.
But by accepting this aspect of my character, then I began to move away from mental illness.
Q. Is there anything positive to say about immaturity?
I am unlikely to become jaded or weary. To me, the World looks new and colourful. I essentially see the World as a child sees it.
I am always learning, and that in itself is good. I never feel that I ‘know it all’, as it is obvious that I don’t.