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    Question Anyone with Depression?

    I was wondering if anyone in here has -or has struggled with- depression; I'd like to share experiences and advice with fellow sufferers of this underestimated mental disorder. I think I can help . There is a way out !

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    Anxiety rather than depression (well they're kind of related I suppose), my doctor prescribed me Sertraline. I don't like the side effects and I want to come off it around March but I'm scared of what my head will be like if I don't have access to it.

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    Not sure whether I'm depressive in a clinical meaning but I'm usually gloomy and melancholic if I feel anything at all.
    Ceterum censeo Iudaeam esse delendam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneEnglishNorman View Post
    Anxiety rather than depression (well they're kind of related I suppose), my doctor prescribed me Sertraline. I don't like the side effects and I want to come off it around March but I'm scared of what my head will be like if I don't have access to it.
    A close link between anxiety and depression is very plausible. Depression seldom comes without anxiety of some sort and viceversa some say individuals suffering from anxiety issues also have some degree of depression. Personally I'm affected by both.

    What kind of side effects are you having? How long have you been on the medication?

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    Personally I try to get rid of my depressive moods, which can, if they are in the melancholic phase, even be rather pleasent in a morbid way, without medication.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janus View Post
    Not sure whether I'm depressive in a clinical meaning but I'm usually gloomy and melancholic if I feel anything at all.
    Here's good description of what depression in the clinical meaning is. It is a complex condition, much more serious than feeling the blues or "down in the dumps".


    The highlights are mine.

    Title: What is a Depressive Disorder?

    # By Lindsay
    # Published 04/28/2006
    # Depression Articles

    Source: http://www.depressionforums.org/arti...der/Page1.html

    Depression is a "whole-body" illness, involving your body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way you eat and sleep, the way you feel about yourself, and the way you think about things. A depressive disorder is not the same as a passing blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. People with a depressive illness cannot merely "pull themselves together" and get better. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people who suffer from depression.

    The symptoms of depression may vary from person to person, and also depend on the severity of the depression. Depression causes changes in thinking, feeling, behavior, and physical well-being.

    * Changes in Thinking - You may experience problems with concentration and decision making. Some people report difficulty with short term memory, forgetting things all the time. Negative thoughts and thinking are characteristic of depression. Pessimism, poor self-esteem, excessive guilt, and self-criticism are all common. Some people have self-destructive thoughts during a more serious depression.
    * Changes in Feelings - You may feel sad for no reason at all. Some people report that they no longer enjoy activities that they once found pleasurable. You might lack motivation, and become more apathetic. You might feel "slowed down" and tired all the time. Sometimes irritability is a problem, and you may have more difficulty controlling your temper. In the extreme, depression is characterized by feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
    * Changes in Behavior - Changes in behavior during depression are reflective of the negative emotions being experienced. You might act more apathetic, because that's how you feel. Some people do not feel comfortable with other people, so social withdrawal is common. You may experience a dramatic change in appetite, either eating more or less. Because of the chronic sadness, excessive crying is common. Some people complain about everything, and act out their anger with temper outbursts. Sexual desire may disappear, resulting in lack of sexual activity. In the extreme, people may neglect their personal appearance, even neglecting basic hygiene. Needless to say, someone who is this depressed does not do very much, so work productivity and household responsibilities suffer. Some people even have trouble getting out of bed.
    * Changes in Physical Well-being - We already talked about the negative emotional feelings experienced during depression, but these are coupled with negative physical emotions as well. Chronic fatigue, despite spending more time sleeping, is common. Some people can't sleep, or don't sleep soundly. These individuals lay awake for hours, or awaken many times during the night, and stare at the ceiling. Others sleep many hours, even most of the day, although they still feel tired. Many people lose their appetite, feel slowed down by depression, and complain of many aches and pains. Others are restless, and can't sit still.

    Now imagine these symptoms lasting for weeks or even months. Imagine feeling this way almost all of the time. Depression is present if you experience many of these symptoms for at least several weeks. *snip*

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    I'm pretty sure that I suffer from depression. When I'm back at university with my friends I'm usually not too bad, but whenever I come back home (i.e. winter break) I get severely depressed for no apparent reason. This winter I've pretty much slept through the daytime; by the time I wake up it's already dark. I don't think I've properly seen the sun in a week. At night time usually I abuse alcohol or other substances until I pass out, or, if nothing's going on, I sit in a dark room and watch movies on my laptop. For me depression comes in the form of depersonalised and existential thoughts. I've already concluded that life is pointless and a part of me asks why I'm still struggling with it.

    Often a time I have thought about ending my life. I don't want my little brother to grow up hating on me, though, so in a way he prevents me from carrying it out. If it wasn't for him then I probably would, I've seriously entertained the idea a few times (once even going out to the garage with a length of rope). But yeah... the strange thing is that if you met me you'd probably have no idea I was depressed. It all goes on iniside my own head, even my closest friends and relatives don't pick up on it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermelin View Post
    Here's good description of what depression in the clinical meaning is. It is a complex condition, much more serious than feeling the blues or "down in the dumps".


    The highlights are mine.
    Thanks for the information but they were already known to me. The problem with the classification in my case is that I do have a lot of these symptoms mentioned there but I've had them for all my life. Even as a little child I was already gloomy, pessimistic, constantly tired and a lot more. And another question is whether being that way isn't a natural reaction of a person like me in my situation.
    Ceterum censeo Iudaeam esse delendam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janus View Post
    Even as a little child I was already gloomy, pessimistic, constantly tired and a lot more. And another question is whether being that way isn't a natural reaction of a person like me in my situation.
    That sounds familiar. As a child I actually wrote a note to my parents telling them what to do with my stuff after I had killed myself. They probably thought it was 'cute'. I think some people are just born fucked.

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