I don't want to make this too long, but I have struggled with depression since about age 12, and I have taken antidepressants for 20 years now. (I'm 37). I recently had a bad episode and have found out that I actually have bipolar 2 disorder. It was like my meds stopped working completely, and I spent 5 days in the hospital. I have worked so hard my entire life to take care of this, and now especially because of my three kids, who are my life. I did what I needed to do to take care of myself and got my meds changed and I am on the the road to recovery.
I am divorced and have three children. While I was in the hospital, the kids were with their dad. He was very abusive to me on the phone, saying the kids need to come live with him because I can't handle it, I am a neglectful parent, etc. etc. Since returning home, my daughter has been a mess. She is more clingy than usual because she missed me, but she has also been acting out, saying she is a bad person, a naughty girl, and it's her fault I was in the hospital. She cries at night and I spend hours comforting her. She is a dramatic person, anyway, but I worry that things her dad said or she heard him say have upset her. She will hit herself on the head and say she is stupid and say, "I don't want to feel like this anymore!" and that she feels sad all the time.
Grace and I are very close, and always have been. There is so much depression and anxiety in the family. Could she really be depressed, or is it something that will pass? It hurts to see her in so much pain.