To say Rachel Hargrave has experienced "depression" is a bit simplistic. Thirteen years ago, Hargrave -- now a 32-year-old mother and psychology student who lives in Sabina, Ohio -- gave birth to her daughter. A month later, she recalls, "I felt like I hit rock bottom. I couldn't get off the couch. I couldn't bathe. I couldn't do anything." Hargrave visited her doctor, who prescribed her medication. Neither of them knew, however, that her lifelong struggle had only just begun.
Instead, her crippling sadness "never went away," says Hargrave, who responded poorly to multiple types of medication and now says she alleviates her symptoms with vitamins and exercise. "It comes and goes with the seasons."