Am I having depression?

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slayme123
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   Posted 7/31/2010 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I am thinking that I might have depression. I do not have any motivation to do anything. Even when my friends ask me out, I try to find excuses to refuse them to stay at home. I am not motivated to study and do my homework. I prefer to be alone. When I am at home, I either spend my time sleeping or staring at the ceiling or playing computer. So am i having depression? And what can I do to get myself out of that?

vballplayingirl
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   Posted 7/31/2010 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like depression to me. When my depression gets bad I never want to see friends or anything. It takes serious effort to get out of bed and go to class. There's a lot of different options really. You could find a counselor, see a doctor, especially if you aren't opposed to taking medication. You could try and fix your lifestyle/routines. I know you lack the motivation to get out of bed and do stuff, but when I get depressed, just getting over the hurdle of getting out of bed is the hardest part...but after that it gets easier to get out and do things you like. Excercise, go somewhere enjoyable...for me I go to the zoo or to the park since I like walking/running and being outside. I think the best option would be to see a doctor or a counselor. Trying medication if you never have before would probably help.

--Che
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there”

slayme123
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   Posted 7/31/2010 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I am 15 so medication is a no no. I find it easy to get out of bed, but hard to do anything else other than playing computer. I have no idea what i want to do and i have no motivation to do anything. Everything feels the same to me. I am neither happy nor sad. It is weird. what do you think?

getting by
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   Posted 7/31/2010 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Slayme,

Welcome to the HealilngWell Depression forum.  You have just joined a wonderful group of members.  Depression is hard especially for teens.  I am going to give you some sites that you might want to check out and let us know how you like them. 

http://www.teencentral.net/

http://nineline.org/

http://www.forumsteenhelp.org/

These might help you some if you can't get to counseling.  Have you thought about talking to a school counselor?  They might be able to help support you as we will too. 

You will get better though.  And you got some good advice above, especially about walking and getting outside.  Sometimes I have to limit myself on the computer.  It is good to come here.  And it is good to email and check out sites, but when you are doing nothing but that, it isn't good.  You need interactions with other individuals your age.  And you need to get out and do things.  Fresh air really helps.

Keep posting and let us know how you are doing.  Take care,

Hugs, Karen


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fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

vballplayingirl
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   Posted 7/31/2010 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I think seeing a school advisor would be your best bet then since you're fifteen. I'm 20, so recently out of high school, and I get the feeling of preferring to be alone, but that's probably contributing to the depression. Breaking out of your comfort zone is definitely the first step. You obviously have friends, you mentioned them calling you to hang out-- return their phone calls, stop the excuses. Even if you don't think you feel like hanging out, chances are once you see them and start talking and doing something you all enjoy doing you'll feel better. A social network and a group of friends you can rely on and confide in are hugely important. about the homework too, just work up a little bit of energy to get started on it. I know homework is a drag, trust me, college homework is even worse, but having something to set your mind on and keep you focused on something besides your depression would be helpful. A tutor might help you get motivated to, usually high school have some of those free of charge anyways. Social interaction and help with homework = good combination! I know it doesn't sound fun, but having something to focus your efforts on will help you feel better in the long run.

We're always here for you too, so keep posting =)

--Che
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there”

slayme123
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   Posted 8/1/2010 4:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Although a severe lack of motivation is one symptom of depression, a person must exhibit many other symptoms before being diagnosed as clinically depressed. In the same two week period, a depressed person will experience five of the following symptoms, which reflect a definite change from usual functioning:

* Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day;
* Increased/decreased appetite or significant weight loss/gain;
* Fatigue or loss of energy;
* Decreased interest or pleasure in activities;
* Change in sleep patterns, including insomnia or hypersomnia;
* Agitated or sluggish motor activity;
* Diminished ability to concentrate or make decisions;
* Feelings of guilt and worthlessness, and;
* Repeated thoughts about death or suicide.

Even if a person experiences five or more of these symptoms, it is difficult to perform a self-diagnosis and therefore, one should seek medical advice if depression is suspected.

But I only have two of the symptoms above, which is decreased interest or pleasure in activities and fatigue or loss of energy. So is it counted as depression? I am very confused. Please help me out.

Post Edited (slayme123) : 8/1/2010 6:31:15 AM (GMT-6)


vballplayingirl
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   Posted 8/1/2010 6:21 AM (GMT -7)   
You can't let a website tell you if you have depression or not...signs and symptoms are helpful to know about..but I find personally I get pre-occupied with watching out for signs and symptoms of stuff, just cause I read too much into it. Chances are you have an opinion on whether or not this stuff you're feeling is depression. We can't tell you specifically if you are or not. My advice would be to talk to someone, like your parents or a different family member and see what they say. My depression issues started when I was 16 and I told my parents how I was feeling and they understood--only thing was they were sad I waited so long to say anything about it. I also started meds when I was 16...not on them now, but it's not unheard of for teens to get on depression medication. Anywho, you should really talk to a family member or an older adult about what your feeling--chances are they can help you do something about it, in ways that we can't.

--Che
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there”

slayme123
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   Posted 8/2/2010 6:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, good news. I just talked to my school counselor and she said I am fine. I don't have depression. It is just some other problem. I really thank you guys for replying me. All of you gave me the courage to seek for help. So, thank you really much.

getting by
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   Posted 8/2/2010 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I am so happy that you talked to your school counselor, that took guts. I am glad that you are fine and no depression. Glad that we could help too.

Hugs, Karen
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fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies
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