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Date Joined Aug 2010
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   Posted 8/15/2010 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
This is the first time that I've been doing this. I've never spoken to anyone about depression. My high school and parents all forced me to get help and talk to someone freshman year so it's not like I've never gone to get help. At first I thought that it was going to be okay, that I would learn how to talk about how I feel or something like that...but I didn't. I mean, at first I did try to talk to my therapist but the right words wouldn't come out. I don't know why I'm constantly depressed, I just am...all the time. I've had a normal, good life so I don't think my parents could've contributed to anything. I certainly don't blame them for anything. It's just that, if anyone asks me why I'm depressed, I can't come up with a single reason.

My social life is normal. I have friends, the perfect amount of friends and I don't want to be the one in the group who's always feeling sad and depressed all of the time, I feel like I would just bring them down.

I'm 18 so I can't say much for a love life. I've only had one serious boyfriend and we dated for a little over a year and then just grew apart. Like I've said, there's nothing that's ever contributed to me being depressed.

So I wonder (I constantly wonder): Why do I always feel so incredibly alone and sad?...

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   Posted 8/15/2010 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW! Have you talked to a doctor to rule out any medical causes for your depression? If so, I know I had a similar issue when I first was going to a therapist. I found an art therapist & that really helped. You don't have to be an artist or anything, you just express yourself with colors & simple drawing or stuff and then maybe spend a short time at the end talking about what you drew/created. It can be pretty relaxing & it did help me be able to sort through my thoughts & feelings and be able to get a better hold on them. After quite a while of doing that, we started spending more time talking.

You can look up art therapists in your state on the Art Therapy Credentials Board site: www.atcb.org/find_a_credentialed_art_therapist/. Or sometimes insurance companies will have a list. If you don't have insurance, you may need to call around a bit but I know the art therapist I saw worked on a sliding scale; I paid her what I was able to pay her, which usually wasn't much, maybe $15 per session.

Hope that helps!

take care,

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Date Joined Aug 2010
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   Posted 8/15/2010 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
That actually sounds like something I can go through. I'll look into that. Thanks so much for replying Frances. It makes me feel a bit better knowing that someone actually cares.

Thanks again,

getting by
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   Posted 8/15/2010 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sarah,
I too wanted to welcome you to the depression forum.  I am so glad that you have joined us.  I love the information that Frances gave you and the advice. 
Sometimes there is no reason for depression other than it is a chemical imbalance in your brain.  By that I mean that nothing triggers it, it is just there.  This could be the case for you.  Or it could be something physical going on as Frances mentioned. 
Either way, I would talk to somebody.  A doctor first maybe to make sure that there isn't anything going on.  Then take it step by step from there.  One day at a time as they say.
Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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   Posted 8/16/2010 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
yes to one day at a time. hoping you feel better soon sarah. welcome 2 the forum. jamie.
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