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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 12/1/2008 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 18 years old and I have had trouble with depression and anxiety for over a year. In fact I had to work up the courage just to sign up and post this message because of the anxiety I have. I am the youngest in my family but the only one with depression, it gets kinda lonely in that respect. I feel anxiety over doing things I really enjoy like playing video games or hanging out with friends. I often get angry when I play video games and my parents get very upset with me for it because I often swear. I am also still in high school which I have a great deal of anxiety over, especially since I have recently started speech class.

I have recently come off of the medication Prestiq and for a while it was helping. I was feeling better for over a few months of taking it. But then I had an allergic reaction that caused a rash under the the skin of both my legs that exacerbated the blood vessels and it was very itchy. So I was suggested to go of the medication right away and the rash dissipated. But now I am back to feeling very depressed and hopeless about life and at times thinking about suicide. Yesterday I did saliva and urine sample to have tested to determine the chemical causes of my depression (which was suggested to do by my doctor). All I want is to feel better and normal again so I can go on enjoying life.

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 585
   Posted 12/1/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Heej KPD,

I am also an 18-year-old, and I am proud of you for coming here and post your message. Welcome to HW!

If you want, you could write a bit more about the things that make you feel depressed. I encourage you to post it here, as other members might be able to help, but writing for yourself is also a great help in exploring your depression.

The anxiety you mention is quite common, I know a lot of guys and girls (including me) that have or had that. A question though, do you still feel very anxious while you are hanging out? For me, it is the thought of going to that is the hardest, but once I got there things are actually quite relaxing.

But there is a lot you can do about it. Have you told any of your friends already? They can be such a support during a depression. It is awfully scary, but the relief and reward after you have told them is worth the effort.

I wish you all the best, and please keep talking to us!
Acceptance is the key

The World is but a reflection. Smile, and it will smile back.

Try to keep smiling! :)

New Member

Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 12/1/2008 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey thanks enWayen, I appreciate your reply. I only feel anxiety before I go and hang out with friends but like you said it tends to become relaxing. I honestly don't feel comfortable telling my friends about my depression and anxiety. I feel if I did they wouldn't be understanding but you never know, they might be and that would be great. All of my best friends have moved, in fact, last summer I helped my newest best friend pack up to move. I have had a hard time making new friends and the friends I have now I don't feel I have much in common with. I really want to make new friends but its kinda hard to do and I don't get many opportunities.

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   Posted 12/1/2008 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
HI Kpb1990,

I am so happy that you have found us. You will find this to be a very good site and I hope that you stay with us.

Erik has given you some very good advice. I get anticipatory anxiety also. I will find myself doing all kinds of things to get out of going somewhere, but once I get there I am good. Keep up the good work and keep posting.

Hugs, Karen
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