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   Posted 7/15/2010 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
ummm this is kinda weird to me telling people how i feel but i dont know what to do. For most of my life ive felt depressed. But the last 2 years its been bad. I feel like im in a dream and nothing is real, im always down, things i used to enjoy i dont, and pretty much all the usual signs of depression. i always said i wasn't depressed. i thought it was a sign of weakness. even when i though i have all the symptoms i would say that i cant be depressed. but in the last few weeks i came to the conclusion that there is no other explanation for why im always down, i sleep 15+ hours when i can, low self esteem, i never go out with friends when they invite me, the list goes on. is this just a stage and will i grow out of it? do i need medicine? or will talking help me?

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   Posted 7/15/2010 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,
And welcome to the HealingWell Depression Forum.  I am so glad that you have found us.
It sounds like depression to me.  The first thing that you should do is see your family doctor to make sure that nothing else is going on.  Let him know what you said here.  Write a list if you have to of all your symptoms so that you don't foget anything.  Then they will either get you counseling or get you medications.  But that is the place to start.
I hope that you feel better soon.
Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 7/15/2010 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
ducksfan ~ for my personal situation, a little bit of everything helps. I take an antidepressant and it is amazing how much it helps "level things out"
For me the medicine is not a fix all, it helps me to remember that every thing happening is not the end of the world. It levels me out enough to think through the problems and come up with a decent solution.

depression is a chemical imbalance...the meds help balance the chemicals.
talking is helpful also....the person i talk to says that she can see a huge difference when I am on meds, she says that i can see things more objectively instead of believing that everything is out to get me.

low self esteem - im working on this too...but i have to remember that no matter how i feel about myself---others most likely see me nothing like i see it excites me that I am making a difference for others even when i feel worse than rock.

IF YOU HAVE AN EARACHE would you go to the doctor to get some medicine? Emotional health is the same idea. Get some help! I started with my family doctor...then she suggested a counselor.

Dont be afraid to get help!!!!!!! Those people that are willing to accept help are courageous!! (not weak)

I am here and willing to listen anytime.
Good Luck!!!!


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   Posted 7/15/2010 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
well idk about getting meds. imhoping talking will help.
im in the military, ive been to iraq and and might be going to afghanistan. we have people we can talk to and get help but i dont want to ruin my career.

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   Posted 7/16/2010 12:56 AM (GMT -6)   
hi duck, time to see the dr. i feel a clear dx will aide you your recovery. maybe just counselling, maybe a med combo.
 sorry been busy and unwell. so a belated welcome. we care and understand, all the best, jamie.

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   Posted 7/16/2010 1:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ducksfan

I'd also like to say welcome to the HW Depression Forum, you will find a lot of caring and helpful people on here.

I can understand how you don't want to wreck your military career, so I think you probably need to take advantage of the military counsellors,maybe they might have some other solution for you. I imagine they would have top psychologists and psychiatrists and would probably understand more why you are experiencing all the symptons of depression. Do you think its related to you having been in Iraq? Or is it something at home?

I hope you can find a solution other than meds. Good luck in Afganistan, and I hope you get back safe and well.

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