Situational Depression,Clinical Depression?

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countrygal
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   Posted 1/3/2007 4:42 AM (GMT -7)   
 Does anyone know the difference,although I know it should be obvious.Is one more treatable than the other?
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hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 1/3/2007 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I fired my pdoc b/c she didn't take my depression seriously. My life is a train wreck and most people in my "situation" would have a breakdown. I have experienced 4 of the top 5 psychological stressors all at the same time. She says my depression is "situational" and I believe that when my situation improves I will feel a lot better. However, my depression was deep, dark and desperate so I don't think it matters. Just make sure that you are treating yourself (talk, meds, support, etc) the same as any other depressed person b/c depression left untreated only gets worse.
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen."
 
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countrygal
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   Posted 1/3/2007 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
 I think you are right,I believe when I get over my situation,which I don't know that I ever will,I could get thru without meds...But scared right now...God I hope you get better,because I was just in that dark place and I don't like it.Thats why I'm scared these side effects will make doc change my meds.And what if the next med does'nt help.Of course can't live in the bath peeing all the time either.Cant win for losing...Take care,feel better

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1dayatatime
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   Posted 1/3/2007 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi C'Gal,

I have been diagnosised with major depression/unipolar disorder. I am not a medical professional but in my case, what seemed to be depression from my 1st divorce evolved over 10 yrs into full blown major depression....the label seemed to be dependent upon the degree or the extent that depression is disrupting life.

When I was admitted to psych facility in October, I learned that unresolved issues keep your "coping skills cup" about 3/4 full. When major stresses occured, I was "starting" with coping skills that were almost "used up". In 2 years, I divorced(#2) my abusive ex, sold my house, moved to a distant city, bought a new house, started new job, and then lost my job in August. (In addition I had repressed childhood mental, physical and sexual abuse.) It was too much for me. I gained 80 lbs in less than a year and had totally isolated myself from the outside world at the time of my hospitalization.

All that to say, I have had been in therapy after my first eposode of depression, I would have learned to better coping skills.

I believe that depression can be taken too lightly and the results can be devastating. I hope this makes sense.

Sending you a hug!
Levonne

 "I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time."
– Anna Freud

Major Depression, Anxiety/Panic Disorder, ADHD, Binge Eating Disorder, PTSD, Degenerative Disc Disease (post Fusion),  Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia,  Restless Leg Syndrome, Migraine Syndrome, Interstitial Cystitis, IBS, GERD

 


countrygal
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   Posted 1/3/2007 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
 Thanks! It does,I wish I could start my therapy now,but they can't see me until next week,but they know its important to call if a cancelation.Only one in this town.Thats why I want to keep on the med thats helping until then,But I'm suppose to up dose on friday,don't think I'm ready.I am so sorry for everything you've been thru.I know the pain is awful...

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1dayatatime
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   Posted 1/3/2007 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Anytime...Just hope I can be of help. Hang tough Girlfriend! Please let me know if I can do anything to help. If you need to talk, I am always here.........

 "I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time."
– Anna Freud

Major Depression, Anxiety/Panic Disorder, ADHD, Binge Eating Disorder, PTSD, Degenerative Disc Disease (post Fusion),  Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia,  Restless Leg Syndrome, Migraine Syndrome, Interstitial Cystitis, IBS, GERD

 


countrygal
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   Posted 1/3/2007 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
 You will never know what a difference that makes...Thanks...

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Daisysmom
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   Posted 1/3/2007 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
hi Levonne,
 
i would love to know more about this ``coping skills cup'' idea... a number of really horrid things happened all before the age of 18 and I never got counseling until I was about 28... I have been described by one counselor as probably depressed most of my life. I am 44 now.
 
My current counselor insists I still haven't dealt with a couple of the major bad things. In 2006, I got pretty stressed out about some things at work and in my family and I went back into an anxiety and depression mode. I got back on meds and into counseling and I'm doing a lot better.
 
sometimes I feel just fine and since nothing really bad is actually going on (like unemployment), things are cool, though dreadfully dull since I can't manage to go out into the world very much. But then like if I miss a dose or I get shortchanged on sleep, I just feel really depressed again, and I hate how this stupid voice in my head sounds. I sound like such an a--hole when I start feeling down and get to complaining.
 
It's weird how I can drop off the deep end so quickly...
 
good night... I am going to catch up on my sleep and hope I feel more regulated in the morning.
 
my tip of the day: I know it sounds really trite, but you have to believe that tomorrow will be better. Even when I had my worst depressions and felt like doing myself in (I never tried to), things really were better the next day.
 
MK, Daisy's mom

countrygal
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   Posted 1/4/2007 4:44 AM (GMT -7)   
 Oh,I am so sory...I hope today is a better day.The black hole is a place I hate...Please take care,as I am trying also...

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