Underlying Depression

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Corrie_1
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   Posted 11/19/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi! Thought I should introduce myself on here... I'm from the anxiety and fibro boards... and was told my councillor that I have obvious underlying depression.
 
I'm a normally chipper person.. so the diagnosis of depression came as a shock - however I don't find joy in many things and haven't actually been truly happy about something in a long while.
 
Is it possible to have a happy persona and still be depressed? Because I think I fall in that catagory.
Diagnosed with Fibro - October 2008
 
Gabapentin 300mg/Paroxetine 40mg/Armitriptyline 40mg to help me sleep and anxiety 
 
Lorazepan... when things get real bad.
And I'm not fond of people who don't label pill bottles.
                                                                                                                 
 
 


getting by
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   Posted 11/19/2008 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Corrie,

People with happy personalities can still get depressed. Is your doctor giving you anything for depression, or just anxiety? Did he say anything about it?

I just wondered, if he doesn't give you anything for depression, he probably figures that it is situational. If he gives you something, usually it is a chemical imbalance. If it is situational, you can reverse it with cognitive therapy. Did he say anything about seeing a therapist?

Sorry so many questions. I was just curious. You sound like an upbeat person. I wonder what makes him think that there is an underlying depression. Did you tell him that you weren't happy about things, or is he assuming that?

Either way, I hope that you feel better soon. Keep posting and we will help you as much as we can.

Hugs, Karen
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fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies


Corrie_1
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 185
   Posted 11/20/2008 1:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I was in a difficult situation for the first 18 years of my life in which many traumatic things happened... I am seeing a therapist about my PTSD starting next week... and part of that is including cognitive therapy - My doctor actually believes that I should be off work for atleast 6 months with combination of my fibro, anxiety, PTSD and depression... which I think is really long... *hoping to get on disability?* but she said that someone who's been in a situation like mine tend to take months to fully recover.

I'm actually really lost at what to do from here... I'm terrified of the PTSD therapy... and 6 months seems like forever from now.

I was really hoping I could stay away from that part of my life.
Diagnosed with Fibro - October 2008
 
Gabapentin 300mg/Paroxetine 40mg/Armitriptyline 40mg to help me sleep and anxiety 
 
Lorazepan... when things get real bad.
And I'm not fond of people who don't label pill bottles.
                                                                                                                 
 
 


getting by
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   Posted 11/20/2008 4:56 AM (GMT -7)   
The sooner you get this over, the better. Otherwise it will eat at you. It isn't scarey, I went through it. Our minds protect us and only reveal as much information as we can handle. So don't be afraid. I promise you that with help from your therapist, you will be able to handle this and work with it as it comes back to you.

Think about the therapy. The CBT is really easy and kind of fun as you are getting better, you have many things to celebrate.

Best wishes for a wonderful day.

Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
 
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies


stkitt
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   Posted 11/20/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   

I think your physician is right.  6 months sounds like a long time but it flies by.

You need time for you, your therapy, and to face your demons. Do not for one second feel you are a loser by taking time off work to help you heal.

Remember pt yourself first this time around. :-)

Kitt


 

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