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Andrew B.
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   Posted 2/19/2006 10:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I've got mild depression/anxiety at this point...nothing thats far out to where i cant handle it at times. But i still dont enjoy the times of recurring thoughts, mind racing...and just being edgy for no reason...well stupid reasons actually. Anyways i was wondering if anti-depressants or some sort of anxiety meds. would be for me considering im 18. I do know that anti-depressants have adverse side effects on younger people. I'm going to see a doctor about it here soon but would like some input.

Thanks,
Andrew

aaroncoal1
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   Posted 2/20/2006 12:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Andrew I think that possibly for you some therapy would be better than the meds. I am of the opinion that meds should reserved for after some coping skills are put into practice. If you can get control of the anxiety without the meds, you will be so much better off in the long run.

Now, if you get to a point where it starts to affect your relationships and career then maybe a low dose of anti-depressants or anti-anxiety meds might be the ticket. But try that last.

CBT can work wonders and can change your life for the better.

els
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   Posted 2/20/2006 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Andrew,

The best thing for you would be to consult your physician and follow their recommendations.  Be an active participant in your treatment meaning that you need to communicate your feelings to them and do your research.  You state that you have "mild depression/anxiety" but nothing you "cant handle at times".  A lot of people do seek treatment and medications for mild depression and anxiety before it gets to be out of hand or extreme.  Eighteen is not too young for meds and your physician would know what would be appropriate for you if the medication route is even appropriate to start with.  Counseling is an excellent idea and can work wonders for anyone with depression and anxiety.  Please let us know how your appointment goes.  Good luck!!


~elisha
 


Mary-Anne
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   Posted 2/23/2006 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I would agree with Elisha, Andrew, but I would make sure that the psychiatrist you see does work with young adults your age. I recently took my daughter for a phsych eval (she's 12) and what I learned is that personalities aren't really fully formed until you are around 18 years of age. He was hesitant although not adverse to give her something (she suffers from depression - she describes it as this swirly feeling in her head and then she goes numb, but you have to know that she cuts herself too, but she's stopped for 6 weeks now and has been in therapy for 4 and it is going well according to her, and yes, she is young, can't compare to your 18, but I'm old, so to me you are still young, :-) ).
I would, if you were my child, take you to a therapist first and see what he/she recommends, and I would refer to YOU on whether this theapist is a good fit for you or not and take it from there. If you can handle it at times, that is awesome, work on it, there are SO many coping skills out there. For some, meds are needed, it is a chemical imbalance and meds are needed to fill the gap, for others, it's a tool to get through a time period...you need to know which place you are in, do you know what I mean?
My son, who is 15, found the words for my daughter to describe how she is feeling, and he understood because he feels like that too - his solution - we have a gym in the basement and he works out, and he goes for runs, he journals and he spends time with his friends that can talk with him...do you have friends you can talk with about how you are feeling? These are good coping skills too .... along with talk therapy ...
One thing you learn in therapy...there is noone that is going to give you the magic answer to what is bothering you and there is no magic pill to cure what ails you...there IS HELP, but you have to work there to get it.
I don't mean to put any negative slant on this, it's just that you ARE young, and I want to respect that in you, you have that going FOR you...research this, the internet is a wealth of information! Good luck! Take care of yourself!
Blessings, Mary-Anne
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Mary-Anne
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   Posted 2/23/2006 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
what is wrong with m y signature????
Blessings, Mary-Anne
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els
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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 4031
   Posted 2/23/2006 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   

Mary Ann,

I have no idea....I have seen this happen with several others signatures also.  Maybe someone else knows???


~elisha
 


Mary-Anne
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Date Joined Nov 2004
Total Posts : 508
   Posted 2/23/2006 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope so,I've gone to my control panel and it's all there like it's supposed to be, but it doesn't come out that way! and it's done this for several days now. oh well. at least it signs my name, most important!
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Nanse
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Total Posts : 217
   Posted 2/23/2006 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Andrew,

I agree that therapy would be the place to start. It's entirely up to you, but meds aren't the choice for many people. Therapy could do much to rid you of the mild depression/anxiety you describe. Research types of therapies and see what might be best for you.

Good luck to you,

nanse

 

 

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