Am I depressed? Maybe you can help me...

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rochjc71
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   Posted 1/6/2010 12:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I've been researching symptoms of depression for quite a while and finally got the guts to sort of express how I feel and actually confront what is going on. For most of my young adult life I have been dealing with episodes where I feel completely lost, worthless and sad. Sometimes they will last for a couple days and sometimes they will occur and go away. Sometimes they are very isolated, and they mostly occur when I am completely alone although I have experienced episodes where I have been around others. When I am alone however, they usually start of with me feeling worthless and not loved. I start to then think myself deeper into a hole of depressed thoughts and will usually find my self crying for minutes or hours. It also hurts physically as well, and I have had thoughts about death even though i could never fathom actually  myself. During these times I usually am extremely irritable, but I AM able to climb out if other people around me cheer me up. I have been good at hiding these episodes but lately they seem like they are getting worse and are affecting my life. Recently I became so depressed that I didnt have the motivation to do anything and simple tasks became mundane. I have also wanted to turn to  to help releave some of the pain even though i usually dont have the resources or contacts to get anything. I dont know what to do. Although these episodes seem bad at the moment, they can and usually do clear up later and I will feel fine. I am just scared that they will get the best of me soon even though I have been good at keeping this to myself. It's embarrassing for me to go to my friends or family because I feel like they will just think im exaggerating or being dramatic. I really don't understand what is wrong with me, I dont know if it is serious enough to get treatment, or if its just normal to feel this way. I remember having these episodes since i was a teenager, and I dont know if it is normal for teenagers to feel that way. I need answers and maybe some people can share their experiences with me and possibly relate.

Post Edited By Moderator (getting by) : 1/6/2010 1:39:20 PM (GMT-7)


Chennai Queen
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   Posted 1/6/2010 4:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, there are so many of us who feel exactly the same that you will be relieved!

Go see a doctor - a GP and then s/he will recommend the next step. Medicines are a huge help but not always needed.

Treat this like you will a flu or something - it is not big enough to worry too much but it is also not small enough to ignore. When you can lead a better life, where you are more in control of yourself and your life, why not? I sought help after struggling for many years and then the relief I felt was immense. I also felt very sad that I had lost so much of my life simply because I felt it is not something to be discussed!

I am sure others on this forum will give you practical steps as well. You are at the right place.

Hugs
Gouthami

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   Posted 1/6/2010 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello there to both of you,
 
You have already gotten some good advice, and I would like to welcome you both to the forum. 
 
I would consider counseling.  There is no reason to feel so bad on a day to day basis.  So please check out counseling and talk to your doc to make sure that there isn't anything else going on with you to make you feel bad.
 
Please keep posting.  I want to wish both of you a good day today.
 
Hugs, Karen
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fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies


rochjc71
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   Posted 1/6/2010 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for the advice guys

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   Posted 1/6/2010 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi rocjh71,
 
I did go back and editted a couple of words out of your first post because we are not allowed to talk about suicide or illegal substances here on the forum, but I am sure others will still understand what you are talking about and know that you are suffering. 
 
This is really a hard time of the year, with the holidays over it feels like something is missing.  I think it is because of all the excitement during the holidays.  It is sad, but many people become depressed during this time of you.  Though yours does sound like it has been eating at you for a while.  As I said in my first post, I think counseling would help you and maybe talking to your family doctor would be good, as there are physical ailments that can cause depression.  So that way everything else can be ruled out.
 
I really hope that you feel better soon.  Keep posting and know that we are here for you.
 
Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
 
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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