Hi All... I'm kinda new to the whole chat group thing regarding depression, so I apologize in advance for my scant knowledge. I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder about 14 months ago and I have been on meds since. According to my psychiatrist it all started about 9 years ago. The reason I never got any help for it before 2007 was because my parents are of the generation that thought that I had only been going through some 'hormonal' stages. I'm only 24, and I know I am still very young, but I know the feelings all too well. Like I said before I have been suffering from this for 9 years without really knowing what the hell was happening to me. I eventually had a complete breakdown and started therapy, but I still suffer from "black days" as I am an extremely emotional extrovert and I always seem to carry my heart on my sleeve. Is this normal?