My battle with PND after the birth of my children has forever changed me and my opinion on mental illness. I will freely admit to "being very very close" for a very deep dark moment in my life and for me it wasn't about anything other then stopping the pain. Fortunately, I managed to hold on and survive until the sun came out again... and for anyone that is reading that may be going through this... The sun WILL come out again.. you just have to hang in there.
I am one of the lucky ones that has only been briefly "touched" by depression rather then suffering from it long term. Those that live with it long term or suffer with it on and off for years are hero's with incredible internal strength imo and it saddens me the shame and stigma that surrounds it.
This experience touched me so deeply that I am now studying to become a mental health nurse.