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   Posted 7/4/2011 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
So i usually post on the Anxiety forum as i felt i was suffering more with the symptoms of anxiety than depression, turns out they go pretty much hand in hand!
Been on Citalopram for about 3 weeks, still not feeling much difference, been upped to 20mgs.
Im 23 and live with my parents who dont have a clue how to handel this, my dad keeps going on at me to go out for a run, move about more but he doesnt get that i just CANT. physically CANT, theyre not happy at me for taking medication but i feel like once it kicks in i will be able to do more! Lately i have been drinking WAY too much so im making a concerted effort to cut it down hopefully.
Ive got no trigger or reason to feel like this. so i dont think councilling will help me! ive got a great family, i like my job even though its not the most fulfilling its still not enough to depress me. I feel about 40 years old and miserable.
Feel totally lost and hopeless at the moment and could use a friend who can understand the feelings. Ive never been suicidal or anything like that thankfully. and as i said the anxiety seems to be the worst, im constantly aware of my breathing, think im not breathing, upset tummy, general feeling crappy.
Yeah so thats that!

It's Genetic
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   Posted 7/4/2011 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, Princes Conswela, it's nice that you decided to come to the Depression Forum and give us a chance to try to be of help. You'll find
many understanding and knowledgeable people here who will communicate with you.

What pops out immediately in your post is that you are drinking excessively. That may be the major cause of virtually all the symptoms you are experiencing. Alcohol makes depression worse; what's more, if you use caffeine in any form, whether in coffee, tea(which contains theophylline, a close cousin), chocolate, or any other food containing caffeine, you need to stop using them all right away. Both alcohol and caffeine make depression worse (as well as bipolar illness).

Give your prescribed medication time to alleviate the chemical imbalance which depression causes. It may take several weeks for that to occur, but you will feel better if you are able to tolerate psychotropic medications. That, combined with removing the alcohol and
caffeine should raise your feeling tone to a very good state. The chemical imbalance will be removed so long as you take meds to control it. Unfortunately, that's the way it is with depression unless you
go all out and decide to change your diet, adding lots of salads and green vegetables and reducing the amount of beef, pork, and organ meats if you consume them. That's another story for another time, however.

There is a helpful website called which may be an excellent guide for you to refer to if you decide to go more deeply into the triggers which cause depression and how to overcome them. In the meantime, talking to your psychiatrist or psychologist may be a very helpful route to follow.

There is great help for you in overcoming depression, so I wish you
a happy journey to recovery. Stay with the forum members if you wish. You will get many helplful ideas from them on how to manage the dilemma you feel right now.

Take care.

It's Genetic

Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 7/7/2011 6:25:48 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/4/2011 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Even though you don't feel that there is a root cause for your depression, counseling can still help you. It can boost your self esteem, give you direction in life and teach you how to become happy. So counseling is very important.

Your dad was right when he said to get out and exercise. Walking is very good for depression. I walk daily. It clears the mind and makes the body feel better.

IG is right about the alcohol use. It makes you depressed because it is a depressant. So until you stop drinking, you are going to struggle with depression. And eating properly really helps too. You would be surprised what different foods can do to us.

I really hope that you take this advice to heart. We want to see you feel better. Give your medication a chance, it can take up to six or eight weeks to reach it's full effect.

Best wishes to you.

Hugs, Karen
Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia

fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression, allergies

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   Posted 7/6/2011 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
There really doesn't have to be a cause or trigger for depression, sometimes it just happens. That has happened to me in the past and counseling helped a LOT. Without it I probably wouldn't have gotten better. It helps just to talk to someone else about everything going on, even if it's small stuff. Especially someone who knows what they are doing and knows how to make you feel better. It's worth a try :)
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