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Paulb22
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   Posted 2/18/2008 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, my name is Paul, recently turned 24, i've been suffering from depression for about 3 years, i'll try and be as brief as i can with my history

I had a bad experience when i was working at the end of 2004, and was forced to leave the company, i then started getting depressed, and also started self-harming, i got medication for the depression which was Citalopram, and also seen a psychiatrist, in October 2005, i started doing volunteer work at a local museum, the volunteer work did wonders, and i gained back a little bit of my confidence, i am currently looking for full time work, and obviously its hard as i haven't worked (except voluntarily) in three years. It seems nowadays on random days, such as tonight i just feel really depressed and low, and for no apparent reason, i know its not the difficulty of getting a job, as i've been depressed by much worse things than that.

Can anyone maybe give me some advice, would i be maybe best of seeing a psychiatrist again?

Paul

getting by
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   Posted 2/18/2008 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Paul,

I just wanted to welcome you to the healing well depression forum.  You have come to a good place, there are a lot of understanding people here.

I would definately go back to the psychiatrist and think about therapy.  To see a therapist would probably help you a lot to get your life back on track.  It is good to talk things out.

In the meantime we are here for you, so ask anything that you would like and we will do our best to come up with an answer for you.

Good luck with finding a job.

Karen


fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, clinically depressed and allergies


Paulb22
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   Posted 2/18/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Karen, i actually feel better by posting here, its wierd, its like some days your feeling low as can be, but i bet tommorow i'll be feeling fine, its just very random.

Gillcom
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   Posted 2/19/2008 3:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Paul welcome to Healingwell!

I know how you feel, nights like that are so hard, but that's how i joined this forum, it's good to come on and vent sometimes, it did help me.
I hope you find some work soon, and are feeling better now.

Gillian x
Ileostomy - Feb 05, Hernia on site.
Fluoxetine - 20mg March 05 - july 06
Citalipram - 20mg July 06 - upped to 40mg now.


djdaz_1985
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   Posted 2/19/2008 4:10 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Paul,

I too wanted to welcome you to HealingWell and I hope you find all the support and advice you need here. With regard to your post, It sounds like you are getting towards the end of the tunnel but not quite there yet... perhaps seeing a councillor once a week would benifit you? Not as extreme as seeing a psych but someone to give you that helping hand as you get to the end of the tunnel?

Darren


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Paulb22
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   Posted 2/20/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey people thanks for your replys.
 
I had a bad day today, it started of well enough, i went on a day course for interview techniques, the course was good and fun, people were nice, and i even participated in a mock interview, but for some reason after the course finished at 2.45PM, i felt depressed on the way home, just had a shower and ended up self harming, i want to see a psychologist, but with me its a shame thing, i know loads of people suffer with depression, but i feel ashamed of it, and find it hard to actually tell anyone how i feel, at least face to face anyway.  But another day tommorow, maybe i'll feel better.  Paul

Paulb22
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   Posted 2/20/2008 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi BabyTiger22, i'll take a note of your email, unfortunately i wouldn't be able to use those numbers you've noted down as i'm in the United Kingdom, but thanks anyway, i've got a job interview tommorow, so its probably good, rather than just staying in the house. Paul

BeautifulDisaster14
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   Posted 2/20/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Paul,
Im new here too, also a daughter of one of the forum moderators. But a few years ago, my father passed away and i was put on anti-depressants as well as told to see a grief counciller. I didnt stick with the grief counciller because talking about it hurt to much and made me personally much to angry. Ive been on and off of the anti depressants in the past four years as things happen that cause me to become depressed. Personally, the psychatrist method just didnt work for me, i found it was easier to talk to a trusted friend, someone i knew wouldnt judge and who could make me laugh when i started to cry. It all depends really on how talking to your psychatrist made You feel. Some things that help me get along when im down are 1) watching one of my all time favourite movies 2) talking to one of my closest friends and 3) cuddling up to my cat, that ive had my entire life. I find that if i find something to do, it takes my mind of things, helps keep me happy, and stops me from thinking anything i shouldnt be. I know that it sounds a little odd, because when your done the movie or whatever method you choose the problems will stil be there, but for me, after my movie or my time with my mind off of things, im more optimistic about how i face those problems. If im babling on, and not really helping you can say so and i apologise in advance :P Good luck with the job interview, i hope you get it!
Feel better, and if you cant find anyone to talk to, lots of people are on this website to help. Take care.
Beautiful Disaster ?;


djdaz_1985
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   Posted 3/1/2008 4:06 AM (GMT -7)   

H Paul,

I notice you are in the UK like I am. Have you considered ringing the Samritans? (08547 90 90 90) They are a fantastic souce of support and advice. How did your job inverview go? How have you been feeling recently?

Darren


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Paulb22
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   Posted 3/8/2008 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone, sorry about the lack of replying, as i've been doing a lot of job hunting over the past few weeks, i got a rejection letter back from the interview but all i can do is keep trying, on another note i joined up a site called Meetup.com and joined a film group, its good as you can socialise and get to know people, i recommend anyone suffering depression try it out, as a whole i've been feeling a lot better, its just that job hunting is a serious grind and sometimes you can feel very disheartened and rejected.  But only way is to keep trying:) - Paul

getting by
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   Posted 3/8/2008 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
You are right Paul, KEEP TRYING. Don't give up. You never know what is lurking around the corner. It could be the job for you.

Take it one day at a time, that is all that we can do. Good luck with your new group. I am happy that you found something that you are comfortable with and that it is helping you. Better days are to come.

hugs, Karen
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djdaz_1985
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   Posted 3/9/2008 4:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Im glad that you have not given up Paul. I got rejected from 10-15 jobs within about 3 months. It doesnt make me any less of a person and it doesnt change the skills that I have. Keep trying and you will get there... I just cant tell you when! lol

Darren


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"A gold medal is a wonderful thing. But if your not enough without it, you will never be enough with it." - Irvine Blitzer (John Candy) in Cool Runnings
 
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Co-Moderator - Depression Forum
 
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froggy1011
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Total Posts : 135
   Posted 4/13/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Paul,
I read you original post. I'm taking Citalopram too. I seem to have days where i'm feeling really down and days when i feel on top of the world. I wonder if it's the medication? What is you dosage? I'm taking 60 mg a day. I'm starting to think that it IS the meds, because i used to be on a different medication and it wasn't like this for me.. although it didn't do anything for me :D. I know exactly what you feel like. It's horrible, because on those days that you feel fine, you actually think you have a fighting chance against depression and then the next day, WHAM! it hits you and you feel even worse because just the other day, you felt like you had beaten it. Hope you feel better.

Froggy
~"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us." ~Helen Keller

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