Does it ever get better?

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/23/2008 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
DO people actually recover from derpression?  Is there actually a cure for this illness?  I have had depression for 5 years and I thought it was a phasre I would everntually grow out of.  I am taking paxil now but relaly dont want to be on meds for the rest of my life.  I just want to be happy but honestly everynight I think about how great it would be to not wake up in the morning.  I guess I dont need advice just really needing to talk about this with someone.

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 6/23/2008 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
1,000 tears, I don't feel like that - I only have mild depression, I always just feel a bit sad, or a bit stressed or a bit anxious or a bit irrational (actually quite a lot irrational) and I sometimes wonder if I'm going to feel like this for the rest of my life, If I'm always going to be worrying and depressed. I want more than anything to be happy and sometimes I feel like I'm nearly there and other times not so close! Fingers crossed that I will reach a stage where I feel content! I'm hoping so anyway!
"The Optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose."

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 6/23/2008 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Eej 1000Tears,

A few months ago I felt exactly like that. Not any more. So yes, you can get out of it. But I need to stay focussed sometimes, else I will relapse. Like most things, depression doesn't cures itself (in most cases), and thus you need to be actively involved in controlling it.

But yes, you can get out, and life even brighter after depression than before.

I wish you all the best!
Acceptance is the key

Existential depression and Insecurity

Try to keep smiling! :)

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 6/23/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I think for a lot of people with depression... it's kind of like... well... My disease, for instance.

There are periods of active disease and then there are periods of inactive disease where there are no symptoms...

I think depression works the same way. There was a time for a few years where I was not depressed. I had recovered very well... heck, I thought I had beaten it for good up until now.

I've seen the light at the end of the tunnel, though... so, I know its possible.
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 6/23/2008 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   

1000 Tears,

Hello and I am Kitt.  Welcome to HealingWell and the Depression Forum.

There is hope in the treatment of depression and specifically Major Depressive Disorder. An untreated depressive episode lasts 6-13 months, whereas most treated episodes last less than three months. It is well documented that treating the depression shortens the course and can also help prevent recurrence of future episodes. Sixty to seventy-five percent of patients with major depression get better with treatment.

Any time there is a stressor, such as a lengthy illness, there is the potential for development of depression.

You seem worried about taking antidepressants. Antidepressants are safe, not addictive and well-tolerated. Most patients describe dramatic reduction in their symptoms and a return to their "old self." We know that major depression is a brain disease, and that just as you take medication for other physical diseases such as high blood pressure or dibetes, so too for depression. People with a first episode of depression are usually treated for six to twelve months. Psychotherapy can be a helpful addition to the medication.

I hope this information has been helpful for you. It is for educational purposes only and should not replace consultation with your doctor.

Coming here to HealingWell and talking to others is another wonderful way of being able to deal with your depression.  You can see you are not alone in this and there is something comforting about baring your soul to the members of HW and still being able to be anonymous.

Again a warm welcome to you and please stick with us.

Gentle Hugs


Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety, Panic & Depression 
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It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 6/23/2008 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   

Three things have got me thru bad patches..

1. Counselling - learning new skills to cope :-)

2. Meds - helps smooth the bumpy patches life throws at us eyes ..someone once said to me 'If you were a diabetic - would you take insulin?' Yes of course I would and it's the same with antidepressants.

3. Time - takes time to heal..sometimes it takes longer than others - but that's ok too..when you come out the other side of all this you are gonna be so much wiser and hopefully be able to help others thru a bad patch too :-)  


Sista J. 


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