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4747
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Date Joined Dec 2010
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   Posted 12/14/2010 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
ok..im new to this whole thing....but for anyone out there who does have depresion....how do you know you do?...or i should say...how did you know you did? idea

4747
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Date Joined Dec 2010
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   Posted 12/14/2010 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
please respond..i think i have depression but i just dont know.!

getting by
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   Posted 12/15/2010 6:07 AM (GMT -6)   
hi 4747,

There is a good book called Feeling Good by a doctor David Burns. I would suggest that you get that book and read it. It really helps explain depression and is very informative.

If you aren't feeling rignt, not happy, well then you are most likely depressed. If you are questioning it, you are most likely depressed. I would talk to a doctor and explain what you are going through and maybe get a physical to make sure that there is nothing else going on. Depression is a beast. You need help and support if you think you are depressed. You will feel sad a lot of the time, probably be crying for no reason. There is a lot that goes along with it, lack of energy, aches and pains, though not always.

Keep posting, there will be others along with more advice.

Take care my friend.

Hugs, Karen.
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stkitt
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   Posted 12/15/2010 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning,
 
Hope this helps you in some small way.

Depression symptoms include the following but are not limited to  

  • Feelings of sadness or unhappiness
  • Irritability or frustration, even over small matters
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Changes in appetite — depression often causes decreased appetite and weight loss, but in some people it causes increased cravings for food and weight gain
  • Agitation or restlessness — for example, pacing, hand-wringing or an inability to sit still
  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
  • Indecisiveness, distractibility and decreased concentration
  • Fatigue, tiredness and loss of energy — even small tasks may seem to require a lot of effort
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself when things aren't going right
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
  • Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide
  • Crying spells for no apparent reason
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

For some members, depression symptoms are so severe that it's obvious something isn't right. Others  feel generally miserable or unhappy without really knowing why.

Depression affects each person in different ways, so depression symptoms vary from person to person. Inherited traits, age, gender and cultural background all play a role in how depression may affect you.

If you think you are depressed please follow up with your physician as well as staying connect to a support group such as HealingWell.

HealingWell’s Depression forum is an open peer discussion of depressive illnesses and treatment options. We strive to continue to create an atmosphere that is both supportive and informative for our members, as a caring environment for members to talk to their peers about their depression, mood disorders, medications, therapy and recovery. We make every effort to advance awareness of mental health issues, as to eliminate the stigma of depression and other mental disorders.

I wish you peace,

Kitt

 


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chiquita818
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   Posted 12/16/2010 2:38 AM (GMT -6)   
For me, I notice that I start to shut myself in. Mostly because I feel tired and cant seem to get things done. I don't want to get out of bed, I'm not eating well or fixing myself up/ in general taking care of myself. I feel terrible about all the things I'm not doing, and that there is little hope. I have a hard time wanting to go anywhere or see anyone. The above symptoms listed from the moderators are great guidelines for figuring out if you need help. This site really helped me realize that I needed to talk to a doctor, I hope you are able to find help if you need it.
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