Coping with what's in front of me

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QuietCo.
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   Posted 10/21/2011 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm 18 years old and I've been away at college for the last month and a half. I've been coping with depression for longer than I can remember and last month it struck me really hard how awful I felt about myself. I started getting frequent anxiety attacks, followed by deep depression. It was a never ending cycle that's still continuing. Much of it is said to be caused by me being away from home and my girlfriend, but it can't just be that. I've had several instances occur where my depression worsens because I feel like I'm alone and I cannot support myself with my depression, causing it to get worse. I hardly sleep well anymore. I'm constantly worried about how I am affecting others. I wish I could come home from school but I have to wait until December to transfer to a college closer, and then I can move back into my house. Why does this happen to people? Depression and anxiety is defining my life to the point where I hardly can escape it. I go to counseling and it helps a little but I just want it to end now. It just feels like I'm loosing my grip on my life and I don't want to lose whats in front of me because of depression and anxiety affecting those around me. I just want to be on the same level as everyone else and not struggle so much with what's going on in my head.

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 10/21/2011 12:31 AM (GMT -6)   
have you thought about seeing your a dr. regarding some medications? they do help. write how you feel, journalling helps get it out of your head too. personally i walk, write and get into music. each to there own as they say. sorry forgot to say hi to you quietco and welcome to the forum. i too am in therapy, combined with medication it helps me put a better perspective on things. hoping this helps a little. keep posting. others will soon, with cpmpasion, jamie
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bayoub2
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   Posted 10/21/2011 6:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Going to college is supposed to be the greatest thing so far in yr life, but it is laso pretty traumatic too. you are leaving friends, parentd,places...it is understandable to be depressed and anxiouss. Alot of people walking around that campus feel just like you do

You said you had depression before. Wereyou on meds and/or seeing a counselor? I agree with jamiee these 2 things would be the best route for you...and maybe just for awhile. Go ASAP...it won't go away on its own...life is beautiful so go to college medical, they handle lots of young people just like you.

Maggie

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   Posted 10/21/2011 6:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Quietco,

WElcome to the depression forum. I agree with the others, doctor and counselor. It will get you back on track. I hope that things work out for you. Keep posting and let us know how you are doing.

Hugs, Karen
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QuietCo.
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   Posted 10/21/2011 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
The counseling didn't start until about four weeks ago and he's encouraged me to get a psychiatric evaluation eventually and he's also suggested writing in a journal as well. So since I've started I've written a little but I can't take any medication yet. It's just very frustrating thinking about temporary solutions because they are only temporary and sometimes it gives me anxiety think about them, which then feeds my depression. Thank you all very much for your support. It helps so much knowing there are people out there like me.

Sam

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   Posted 10/21/2011 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh yes, there are a few of us. Quite a few. You kind of have to take what you can get when the time comes. Though it may only be temporary at that time, it helps to relieve some of the symptoms. Do what you can to help yourself. Journaling is good. Even if you don't know what to write, write that. Eventually you will have more thoughts to be sorted out. You will find much relief and for some reason, documenting your feelings helps put them into perspective.

Best wishes to you.

Hugs, Karen
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2coolcookie
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   Posted 10/21/2011 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Quiet co,
You are not alone. My first depression was in college. I had to take a medical leave but my health was more important. I did transfer and took less classes to keep things simpler. It took a while but I graduated. I think we always want to be like the people who are handling things better but what we don't always see is that everyone struggles with something. The key is to keep things simple and break things down into more manageable pieces so the anxiety doesn't take over. There is a great book from Recovery Inc. that was written for people who struggle with depression and anxiety. You can google it. They teach positive self talk with phrases like there is no right or wrong in the trivialities of everyday life. and lots more that really help with anxiety.

The people here are very helpful. I am new to this and feel much more connected since I started posting.
take care, cookie

bayoub2
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   Posted 10/21/2011 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
glad to hear it cookie...it's been a lifeline for me too.

Maggie
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