“Double depression” refers to chronic depression and reoccurring major depression. I wasn’t defending anything. I have no interest in justifying anything. My friend had every right to diagnose me – I gave him that right when I asked for his opinion. And I had every right to ignore his opinion. I chose to take his advice because I knew him well enough to trust him. He had had experiences similar to mine and he told me what had been beneficial to him. I had no idea that my belief that people benefit from sharing their problems with friends who have had similar problems, openly discussing and analyzing the various methods of treatment available – including the possibility of medication – would generate such negative responses. I thought I was advocating for basic friendship and cooperation, information sharing and empathy. I believe that I misjudged the premise of this site. I thought it was a place for neurodivergent people to vent their spleen at anyone who appeared to hold another opinion. I will unsubscribe.