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lovers spit
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   Posted 12/21/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everybody!  I've already been on the site for awhile.  I'm seventeen and I was diagnosed with major depression in September.  I feel A LOT better.  I'm wondering though, how long does it take for the depression to lift completely?  Will it ever?
 
 
What's the difference between MAJOR or CLINICAL depression and just regular depression?  What is "biopolar-depression"??  From research I've done online I found that Major depression is an episode and can take up to 12 weeks to be completely gone?  Is this true?  Can it be longer? 
 
 
Any answers would be so helpful!  More than anything I'm just curious as to how long it will take to feel 100% better or if that's even a possibility.
 
Thanks,
HILLARY

getting by
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   Posted 12/21/2009 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hillary,
 
I am clinically depressed.   I will always have to take medication.  But I am fine with that, because that works for me.  Major depression sounds more severe to me, but I am not sure.  But there is situational depression that improves as your life situation improves.  And bipolar is also called manic depression.  That is somebody who goes from extreme highs (called mania) to extreme lows.  When manic, the person may have tremendous of amounts of energy for period of time, they often talk rapidly and are somewhat delusional.  Though that may not always be the case.  But then they will fall to an extreme low and severe phase of depression.   If you want to learn more about manic depression, check out the bipolar forum.  Or you could ask Serafena, she moderates over there.  I hear it is a wonderful forum.
 
What type of depression do you think you have?  Is it situational?  If so, you can be treated with counseling and learn to improve your situation or environment, and in time it will lift and you will feel better.  I don't know that there is any set time for any individual.  Things change for people and people are all different.  But with counseling, you can over come it.  I hope that this has helped some.  Feel free to ask more questions, hopefully some of the other members will come on and explain some of their situations to you. 
 
I don't know if I have given you any of these sites before, but I will put them down.  You can check them out and hopefully they will help you.  I hope that you feel better Hillary. 
 
 
Hopefully some of these sites will also help you.
 
Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
 
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THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 12/23/2009 4:24 AM (GMT -7)   
hi hillary. magor depression has been with me for over 20 yrs. due to other dx's this is something i will manage for the rest of my life. past trauma and other contributing factors have not helped this, albeit i live one day at a time, and i manage my conditions. hopefully for you it is more episodic and you can overcome it more sooner. stay positive, be you and be true. jamie
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
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REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.


lovers spit
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   Posted 12/23/2009 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
what's a "dx" ?? and so are clinical and major depression the same thing?  Does it always last for years?

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 12/23/2009 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
dx short for diagnosis. clinical depression is more periodic than magor. well, this is my understanding anyway. cheers, jamie.
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
DX, MDD, SEVERE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER.
 
REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.


getting by
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   Posted 12/23/2009 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't quote me on this, but I feel, like Jamie does, that clinical depression is worthy of treatment.  You are depressed, but often have your depression under control.  Though at times, maybe not. 
 
Major depression is more of a deeper depression.  Maybe even to the point of disabling.  Either way you are depressed, I think one is just more extreme.  I imagine you coule google it and get the definition.  Or ask your doctor about it.  Is there somebody who has been dx (diagnosed) with one or the other or are you just curious?  As in most things, I am sure there is a fine line at one point or another between the two.  People could fall under one category for a while and then go into another.  I don't think you are necessarily one or the other.  I hope that this helps a little.  As I said, I am sure if you look it up on the net, you can get more answers.
 
Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
 
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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