Iam also a past anxiety and depression sufferer. Ive always been a highly strung person and perfectionist however i had no history of depression or anxiety up until having children. I was hospitalised after the birth of my second child in a mother and baby unit. i experienced all kinds of shame and guilt about my illness and how if was affecting my kids which i began to realise just prolonged and intensified my illness. I decided that I was going to fight this head on and started attending a mental health day program and openly talking to others about my illness. One positive thing that comes from depression is empathy. Most people I know that have suffered from it are some of the most empathetic people I know. My children after seeing me go through depression also display a beautiful empathetic side that makes me glow with pride. I haven't actually been unwell for quite a while, however I still am taking the medication at the moment.