Post Edited (newbie44) : 5/4/2008 3:12:05 PM (GMT-6)
Hi there and Welcome to HealingWell,
Firstly, I want to say that I am glad that you have found us. We are like a big family here and we all care for and support each other.
Moving to a new city where you dont know anyone is always a potential trigger for a depressive episode... I think you have been very brave in going to see a doctor about this as soon as you did and I think that you absolutely did the right thing. Hopefully when the meds take full effect (4-6 weeks) you can start to socialise again. Try smaller tasks and work your way up. Take one day at a time and keep talking to us. I hope this is just a depressive phase for you and that it passes.
Hi ya newbie, Welcome to Healing Well forum, we are glad to have you join us here. A psychologist is a good plan of action. Since you havent had depression before I can certianly understand this being totally confusing to you. This funk your in could just be what is commonly called situational depression or adjustment disorder. Usually it happens when someone has had a major life change...like moving as you did.
I am going to post a link here to WebMD on this and you can read for yourself to see what you think. http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/mental-health-adjustment-disorder
ElishaCo~Mod: DepressionModerator: Heart & Cardiovascular Diseasehttp://www.healingwell.com/donate
I am glad the article was helpful for you. It is good that your physician is doing a full work-up just to be sure that everything is as it should be.
Even once you know what it is and have the insight into it which you apparently do very well, it is still so difficult to make it into a positive situation. This isnt anything you can control on your own right now. Depression has many symptoms and reasons/causes for it. It is a chemical imbalance with the serotonin levels in our brains meaning when someone is depressed or has depression their serotonin level will be lower than someone who doesn’t have depression. This lower level makes it extremely difficult to function and find any joy in life. There are lots of people who take antidepressants to help aid them with this. There are different classes of antidepressants but they mostly do the same thing and that is to replenish the serotonin and or dopamine in the brain.
I can relate to the symptoms that you described well as those are what I feel when my depression gets bad. I have major depression though and have had it since I was a teenager, I am 34 now. I take a SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) which has worked wonders for me.
I believe in the medication but I dont advocate to anyone one way or the other as this is always a personal choice. For you, considering it has been a month I dont know that I would start taking a antidepressant just yet. Usually, situational depression does work itself out within a matter of weeks, or months. I know that sounds daunting but with your positive attitude and wiliness to change this I really wouldn’t see it being a long drawn out episode considering these.
I feel the exact way also about my new new shih-tzu and of course many of you have heard me talk of my over weight cat normandy. They truely help me through and not focus so much on myself. Meditation is good as Karen suggested.
One of the biggest things besides the meds that is that has been key to my staying healthly is exercise. I dragged butt the first few weeks and just started off walking outside in the first part of spring 2 yrs agos. Before I knew it I was addicted to having to have that exercise in everyday or else I will feel like crap both physically and mentally. I dont do too much outside now since we have pretty cold winters I moved my regime to the local Healthplex.
Please know we are always here for you. Keep posting it does help to know you are not alone in this. Have a wonderful day