I guess it's something when you tell your crusty, practical-minded GP why you'd like a referral for dealing with stress and depression, and she tears up. I have always adored Dr. Park, but until today didn't even know she had tear ducts.
She did give me the referral, and I did make the call.
The only reason I'm recording this here is to reiterate my belief that it is not only okay but important to ask for help, even if it personally makes you feel like you're weak and a failure. Especially if other people depend upon you and your strength. I'm not doing this for me.