Am I depressed?

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   Posted 2/21/2010 6:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Can someone please help me...
I have been feeling low for a long while now but do not know if it is depression or not. I was wondering if anyone could try to compare what I am feeling with your own experiences/that of people you know to be able to maybe point me in the right direction.
For around the past year I guess I have been feeling down, but recently (I'd say within the last few months) it seems to be getting worse. I am constantly tired and have hardly any motivation to go out and do anything. Often, if I do manage to go out (for example I joined a dance group) I enjoy it when there, but have a huge effort to get myself to go. Before I go I feel panicky and scared of going, although enjoy it every time when I am there.
If I am home alone I often cry - I am even crying now while writing this! This is affecting my relationships, especially with my parents as I rarely appear happy to see them and am always moody and irritable with them, even though I know I am being unreasonable I can't bring myself to do anything else.
I know there are things that have made me unhappy, for example my mum works alot and I tend to look after the home, which has bred alot of resentment. However, I know that I am being so miserable and nasty alot of the time and the people aroundme don't deserve this.
I am living a normal life in the sense that I go to university, hold down a part time job and a relationship. However, I constantly feel down and most of the time struggle to find anything "good" in my life.
I have mostly attributed thses feelings to stress from being at university, which I do not enjoy at all, however am due to graduate in May so will stick it out.
Was just wondering if anyone else can shed any light on what I am feeling? Am I depressed, or just stressed? I really want to seek help on this.

Thank you all so much, and sorry for the rambling - have no one to talk to :-)

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   Posted 2/21/2010 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
hi miss_t88, i am jamie, male 37. firstly i say hi and welcome. i live with major depressive disorder and severe borderline personality disorder. i sense some definate symptoms, but i am not a doc, and i think it would be wise for you to see one. uni is stressful, i know, i become extremely unwell at uni. i had to give up my course a year and a half in. am very glad that you will finish!! go get em!! i am  also finishing some studies. hey, continue dancing, if the anxiety leaves when you begin then shake away. i jump around my house, stick on my music and play some serious air-guitar and rock it!! a suggestion, see ya doc and or course counsellor, make some time for you to de-stress-extremely important and know that we are here for you. try to continue being positive, rest when you need to. life is a journey, sometimes it does suck. with compassion, jamie.

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   Posted 2/21/2010 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi MissT_88,

I agree with Jamie, see a counselor or a doctor. This could just be temporary due to stress, but it does sound like depression setting in. Like I say, it could be temporary due to your situation.

I am really proud of you being that you are going to graduate in May. That is quite an accomplishment, especially with depression setting in. Like Jamie says, destress!!! It is so important. Do relaxing things for yourself when you can. Walking, meditating, a nice hot bath. Whatever floats your boat.

Try not to take things out on your family. I am sure that they are there to help you. But we tend to hurt the ones that we love. Because we are ourselves around them. Talk to them about the depression if you think they will understand. You have accomplished a lot. Give yourself a pat on the back.

Here for you.

Hugs, Karen
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fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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