Earlier today I had perhaps the most violent fit of depression so far.
It was NOT fun. I DESPISED the attention it brought (though it was only that of my parents.) I HATED MYSELF afterwards for putting them all through this worry. I practically knew in my mind that there was no solution. I couldn't sleep, because I'm practically an insomniac during the day. I couldn't even kill myself, because it would take to long. I didn't want to die. I wanted to already be dead.
DON'T claim you have depression to be 'cool' or 'fashionable'. It is neither big nor clever. It's extremely, violently insulting to many of us who suffer from depression, including myself (though none of you know who the hell I am, so just think of the others.) Perhaps someone close to you has depression. Don't tell them they're selfish. Or to cheer up. Or to 'snap out of it', or 'you're no more important than anyone else' (they probably aren't, but it hurts to hear it nonetheless). If they are having an 'episode', support them. Be nice. Tell them what they want to hear. And I know I can't speak for everyone, but from all the depressed people I know, including myself, 'cheer up' is a cruel thing to say. I know you mean well, but... I've never understood that expression. Do normal people have the ability to simply 'cheer up' at will? I certainly don't...
Here's a test to see whether you're having a manic depressive fit, or simply an emo tantrum. If there's no hope, absoloutely NOTHING in the world that could help, and I mean NOTHING... it's probably a fit of depression. But there is hope. This is happy me speaking, a me who has always recovered. Fine by me if you want to seek attention. But don't pretend you have depression unless you do have it, or suspect you have it. It's desperately cruel. In the same way that saying 'oh, I've got a stomach ache' then telling everyone you have cancer, would be desperate.
Just because depression is a mental disease doesn't mean it's any less effective. I personally think it's worse than cancer or malaria... because if you die from it, you've killed yourself, just to escape the pain.