I am currently in my final year at uni and i have suffered from depression and anxiety for 4 years, for the majority of this time i have been prescribed fluoxetine and propanolol. I have always struggled to open up to people about having depression and anxiety as many don't seem to understand it, including my family. Some of my family know that i have it, but are the type of people that think you should just 'cheer up'. Recently, a person on my course took his own life and it really hit home as i have had a number episodes where i have thought about suicide. Friends on my course have since been talking about this subject and much of what they say has made me feel isolated as they can't understand it and don't see it as an illness and i feel like i am unable to open up to anyone that i know.