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guy17
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   Posted 1/4/2008 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had depression for almost 9 months now, have seen a few therapists, and been on different medcines through out the time. I haven't gone to my highschool for classes for the whole time and i have basically been cut off from friends. My immediate family are the only people i have had direct contact with. I found out my fathers side of my family has had a histroy of depression too and even my father had tried to commit suicide in his depression.
 
I have had this for to long and I am starting to feel empty inside and just a burden on my family. I can't exercise like I used to and my eating has been up and down. I want to get better but every time I have tried to thus far has only caused me to have panic attacks. I just need some sort of direction as to where I should try to start being myself again.
 
If anyone had any ideas please share them with me. 

stkitt
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   Posted 1/4/2008 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Guy,

I am sorry to hear of your difficulty with depression.  I have lived with depression and most of the time I have done well.  So don't give up hope.

I am wondering why in 9 months you have had several therapists and have not attended school at all.  That does not seem to me like a good plan to isolate.

Try not to get into who in your family has a history of depression, stay in the moment and take care of you.  I would suggest CBT therapy if you would go back to a therapist that uses CBT.

I am sure there is a thread in this forum on CBT.  I will try to pull it up for you.

Here is the link for CBT in the Anxiety Forum:

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=9&m=734325

Maybe some one else knows where the depression forum one is. It was an excellent thread.

Take care and keep posting.

Kitt



 
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ShynSassy
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   Posted 1/5/2008 5:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Guy
I too wanted to welcome you to the forum.

Kitt has given you excellent advice..we will be here for you when you need us.



Stay strong
Shy


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Chronic Depression, Panic Attacks,Anxiety Attacks,Anorexia
Meds I have taken throughout the years:Wellbutrin,Tranxene,Paxil,Prozac,Valium,
Lexapro,Zyban,Buspar,Clonazepam

Have been med free for 2 years now.

I will scream with you,Cry with you and hopefully laugh with you.


guy17
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   Posted 1/5/2008 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you both for your concern and thank you Kitt for the advice.
 
I think my the therapist i am seeing now said something about the CBT or gave me a paper about it but it didn't really go in depth about what to do. i'm sure i can ask her if she can find the paper again.
 
The school problem wasn't really what I wanted either but because of how my first therapist tried to guilt me into going it got to a point where I only stayed in the nurses office and wasn't able to control my anxiety or stop shaking because when I am around more then a few people I start to get panic attacks. My parents decided to wait until i got better and atleast be able to focus on the work the school would give me before trying to do it again.
 
When I found out my families depression it made me feel a little better because it wasn't my fault but it my genes. It also helped to know that they got through their depression so it gave me some small hope of getting better.
 
Off for now, bye

getting by
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   Posted 1/5/2008 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I think that you will find Congnative Behavioral Therapy quite interesting. Depending on your age they might recommend something for the anxiety. You mentioned school so I am assuming that you are young.

Cognative therapy is very good and brings out your strengths and helps you set goals. It also teaches you different ways to look at things and that helps you control different moods. You can be happy Guy and I know that you will benefit from this.

Keep up the good work and keep us posted.

hugs.

Karen
fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, clinically depressed and allergies


Floppington
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   Posted 1/5/2008 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
My depression&anxiety also began in high school. I had been feeling down for about 6 months, and then had my first ever panic attack while outside for gym. I think we were practicing for track and field. It was extremely difficult to return to school after that, and like you I ended up spending a lot of time in the nurses office because I felt like I couldn't be around large groups of people. Even walking into the school was hard because everything about it scared me - even the smell. I fell behind and had to repeat a semester. I can relate to feeling like a burden on your family - I ended up being isolated for a while, with only my family around because they were the people I felt safe around. But try not to worry about that right now, like Kitt mentioned, just look after yourself. It takes time, but it does get better, and easier. I think CBT would be good to look into. And while I'm not advocating medication, I know it did help me - especially with the anxiety. Dealing with depression and anxiety while in high school is tough, but there are lots of people here you can talk to, and lots of good advice.

-Flop
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