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kronstoolong
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 2/19/2007 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi.  I haven't posted on this forum for myself before.  I have never battled depression until now.  Atleast I think that is what is going on.  I have two Chronic illnesses that are dramatically effecting my quality of life.  Starting about a month ago, I have noticed a dramatic change in my personality.  I cry every day.  Sometimes for no reason.  I feel like I have to put on a show for everyone and no one really knows who I am or how I feel.  I feel lonely and hopeless and sad at the prospect of a life with this pain forever.  Is this what depression feels like.  Should I wait it out, or go to a Dr.  I just don't know what to do or how to handle this. Some days I just feel like my head will explode, I don't know why though-one way to explain part of this is by imagining a deep dark well.  I feel like I am at the bottom of it, and there really is no way to get me out... sad   Is this something any of you have experienced?  Thanks for your replies

Dawn
 
31 Years Old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at age 17.
Diagnosed with RA or severe joint inflammation due to CD.
Hypothyroid, GERD.
 
Currently taking Levoxyl, Humira, Methotrexate nd Vicodin.
 
In the past have taken Prednisone, Pentasa, Remicade, Imuran, Plaquenil and I am sure many, many more.


stronglady4me
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 470
   Posted 2/19/2007 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't wait, get help from a qualified psychiatrist. Many chronic deseases are also associated with depression or the stress of dealing with chronic desease can bring on depression. None of this means that you are a weak person or that there is something mentally or emotinally "wrong" with you. There is no reason for you to "wait out" something that you can get help with while you are dealing with the other issues and changes that chronic illness brings.

Best Wishes,
Stronglady4me
Walk in harmony


LondonGirl22
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Total Posts : 1629
   Posted 2/19/2007 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dawn,

Welcome to the forum. I think that you should visit your doctor now, rather that waiting. What you are describing sounds to me like you are depressed. Just what you said about the feeling on being in a deep dark well made me think that especially as that is a classic description of depression.

Obviousley, I can not diagnose whether you are suffering from depression or not but I do think that you should visit your doctor for some help as you cannot continue feeling like you are.

It is not uncommon for a person suffering a chronic illness to become depressed. The two are sometimes linked. Your doctor will be able to discuss with you any medication options to help with your depression and the possibility of some counselling or psychotherapy.

Keep in touch woith us and let us know how you are getting on. Many of us here have felt the way you are feeling and can understand what you are going through.

Take care

Victoria x

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kronstoolong
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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 366
   Posted 2/19/2007 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you noth so much for your replies.  I have just called my Primary Care Dr. and he is fitting me in for 4:30 today..I guess we'll see what he has to say and go from there.

 

Thanks again.


Dawn
 
31 Years Old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at age 17.
Diagnosed with RA or severe joint inflammation due to CD.
Hypothyroid, GERD.
 
Currently taking Levoxyl, Humira, Methotrexate and Vicodin.
 
In the past have taken Prednisone, Pentasa, Remicade, Imuran, Plaquenil and I am sure many, many more.


LondonGirl22
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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 1629
   Posted 2/19/2007 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Thats good news that you have called your doctor - a very positive step. Please keep in touch with us and let us know how you get on.

Take care

Victoria x

Moderator ~ Depression and Anxiety Forum

Contact me at: victoria@healingwell.net

Xx Sometimes we all have to go a little crazy just to stay sane xX

www.healingwell.com/donate

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