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Lilly113
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   Posted 11/29/2006 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with mild depression and have been given 20mg a day of prozac. To tell the truth I feel like a bit of a fraud. Ive been feeling this way for 7 years, and I just got used to it. I thought I was just a bit more miserable than everyone else. I told the doctor the way I feel and he said i definately had depression. Im not so sure, I feel like a fake. Also wondered what does prozac have in store for me the next week or so? The doc said id feel bad for the first week or two.

hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 11/29/2006 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lilly, welcome to HealingWell. You have taken a great step in your recovery.

Here is a little blurb about depression:

Depression can affect anyone. Once identified, most people diagnosed with depression are successfully treated. Unfortunately, depression is not always diagnosed, because many of the symptoms mimic physical illness, such as sleep and appetite disturbances. Recognizing depression is the first step in treating it.

Nearly two-thirds of depressed people do not get proper treatment:
The symptoms are not recognized as depression.
Depressed people are seen as weak or lazy.
Social stigma causes people to avoid needed treatment.
The symptoms are so disabling that the people affected cannot reach out for help.
Many symptoms are misdiagnosed as physical problems
Individual symptoms are treated, rather than the underlying cause.
Clinical depression is a very common psychological problem, and most people never seek proper treatment, or seek treatment but they are misdiagnosed with physical illness. This is extremely unfortunate because, with proper treatment, nearly 80% of those with depression can make significant improvement in their mood and life adjustment.

Please do some reading about depression. One of the types of depression is Dysthymic Disorder:
This refers to a low to moderate level of depression that persists for at least two years, and often longer. While the symptoms are not as severe as a major depression, they are more enduring and resistant to treatment. Some people with dysthymia develop a major depression at some time during the course of their depression.

Feel better and keep posting.

Lilly113
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   Posted 11/29/2006 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Thankyou very much. I am a student and its really hard to keep up with everyone, and i dont want to 'burden' them with my problem. Although i know some people are understanding, some would not not know how to react or treat me. Its so great that there are people here who understand  the way i feel.
I have heard that prozac can make some people more tired, and im worried because i find it hard to get up in the morning as it is! And am a bit worried how my first couple of weeks will go!
But i will definately read up on your helpful suggestions. thankyou

Suzy35
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   Posted 11/29/2006 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on prozac about two months now. It did take it about four weeks to really kick in and start working, I needed an adjustment too. I haven't had any side effects except for when I first started it I couldn't sleep at all, that only lasted a few days. Just remember to give it time to work, if you need to talk to your doc about how you are feeling.

LondonGirl22
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   Posted 11/30/2006 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lilly

Welcome to healing well. Please dont think you are a fraud. Everyone has different degrees of depression and if you have felt like this for a long time, its time to do something about it.
The prozac is an antidepressant in the group called SSRI's and will boost your seratonin levels to help lift your mood. Some people get a few side effects in the first few weeks but these soon disappear once your body gets used to the drug. Some people have no side effects at all. When I tried prozac I had no side effects from it but in the end I needed to change to something stronger.

Everyone here can understand what you are going through so feel free to post anytime, we would love to hear from you.
Did your doctor suggest any counselling for you at all? You may benefit from this alongside the medication.

Good luck and let us know how you get on
Take care
Victoria
 
 
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Lilly113
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   Posted 11/30/2006 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Its funny, i dont feel like a fake today, i feel numb, nothing, so i feel justified. thats the problem with my depression, i can feel really down then kinda normal (for me anyway) its like a rollercoaster. But mostly i feel nothing, or i try to anyway. I always have a strong guilt feeling and a dread feeling, like ive done something wrong or ive forgotten to do something. so i push it away and try not to feel it.
I have had counselling twice before the first for anger management in my teens (which is when my doc thinks the depression started and the anger was a by-product) and once for "feeling down". Though because i had no reason to feel down ie bereavement, loss, divoce bullying etc, there wasnt much i could say to the counsellor. But i have an appointment in two weeks to see my GP again so he said he'll see how im doing so maybe he'll suggest something then. Sorry this has ended up more like a blog than a forum post, but just needed to get it out.

LondonGirl22
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   Posted 11/30/2006 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Having good and bad days is normal with depression. I can have a run of good days and then have an awful day where I just feel numb and so low. A lot of people don't always have a reason for being depressed. Mental illness can happen to anyone and depression can strike anyone. No one is immune to it. Dont feel guilty that you dont have a reason for this. You didnt ask to be feeling like this and you certainley dont deserve it.

You can say how you feel here so dont worry about getting it out. Sometimes just doing that can help.

When I was in hospital with depression I met this girl who had a nice life, husband, children but had been hit with depression and had no reason why it had happened. Sometimes it does just happen and we have no answers to why.

I hope you have good support from your GP. Good luck with the medication. It can take up to a month before it kicks in properly so five it time.

Take care
Victoria
 
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