a weird though i've been having

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   Posted 11/13/2008 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
i've been thinking about depression and how it seems to others as not a "real" illness, and i thought to myself "i wish i just had a "real" disease" so people would understand... :( i don't have any friends who would understand, so im just here at home, with my supportive family. but sometimes that feels like it isn't enough to bring me out of the hole im in. does anybody understand?
on a good note, i will be going to my social worker and pdoc tomorrow.
take care everyone.

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   Posted 11/13/2008 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   


Depression is a mental health disorder or illness or whatever you want to label it in your mind but it is real.  I have lived with it for 26 years.  I know I am not just have a sad moment and my dx is Major Depressive Disorder.

Your right a lot of people don't understand it but we al do here so you keep on  posting and good luck at the Pdoc.



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   Posted 11/13/2008 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks kitt. hope ur day is going well...

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   Posted 11/13/2008 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Eli,

I know that at times we have to put on our happy face even if we don't feel happy. And just because we might be smiling on the outside, we aren't always happy on the inside. But, few people actually understand. So what can we do? Just try to stay in the moment. I know that is hard sometimes, but with practice, you can do it. This relieves us from sadness from our past and stops us from worrying about the futrure.

And as Kitt said, the members here do understand so stay with us for support. We are all here for you.

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   Posted 11/13/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   


What you are experiencing is indeed an illness.  Not unlike how we call cancer or the flu illnesses.  Depression must be treated as such.  You deserve to have a happy and balanced life.  It's ironic that you should post this, as I asked my psych doc a very similiar question and was reassured that what I was experiencing was an illness.  You're right that unless you have experienced depression, it cannot be fully understood by others even those with the best of intentions.  Good for you for seeking treatment.  Keep up with it.  Therapy and the right combination of meds can take time to achieve.  You WILL succeed!!  Best wishes and prayers to you.




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   Posted 11/14/2008 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a weirder thought there are more people like us, that don't want to say their like us out in the world,and just put on their happy face and hide inside themselves. I feel at least we have the courage to get help for ourselves.

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   Posted 11/14/2008 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Eli

I have suffered with depression for a long time and agree with Karen when she says about putting on our happy faces but on the inside we are hurting depression is an illness and should be treated as one, on the down side there is a bit of stigma attached to mental illness and unless you have gone through depression it is hard for people to understand what we go through. Good luck with your treatment i hope all goes well for you we are here if you need us.

Take Care

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   Posted 11/14/2008 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Eli,

I know exactly what you mean! I was told today to "stop the pity-party." It's hard when people don't understand that what we have is, indeed, an illness. We're diagnosed with depression just like we're diagnosed with any illness, and we're treated for it, just like we're treated for anything else. I'm just glad that we all have a place to go to talk to people who DO understand, and can give us the support we need that we don't necessarily get from others.

I hope all went well at your appointment! Stay strong.

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   Posted 11/14/2008 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Everyone, please do look at my posting. All went well, and I am hoping this new med works. I know you guys are behind me, I'm looking forward to kicking this depression out of my life.

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   Posted 11/14/2008 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Eli, I would be happy to just have depression for an illness.  I have had cancer and have very bad asthma.  Would trade not having those for my controlled depression.


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   Posted 11/21/2008 1:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Eli just wanted to say that its not just depression that other people dont understand.Go to the cronic pain forum and the ostomy forum and read there post.You will soon find out that when people are sick that alot of people dont understand.I have alot of things wrong with me and even though my family live`s with me and thay try to understand sometimes thay just dont get it.I wish that none of us had any of it.
Lost half of my small intestine.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.

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