When to ask for help

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   Posted 4/8/2012 4:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I think I have depression. But maybe I just have my good days and my bad days, like everyone else? How do you know when it's time to ask for help?

I have a lot of trouble sleeping at night, have done for about seven years. In this time, I have noticed my moods dropping really low for weeks at a time. To the point that I feel numb and helpless and out of control. I binge drink 3 or more times every week - drinking to the point of vomiting and passing out. It's the only thing that seems to help, sometimes. But other times, I'm fine. I'm fine and happy and fun for a few weeks. Is it worth asking for help? Or is this quite normal?

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Date Joined Mar 2012
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   Posted 4/8/2012 5:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there,

I think the point at which you need to ask for help is when the problem is affecting your every day life. For example, you turn up late to work because you don't see the point in getting out of bed. Or it is causing problems with loved ones as you keep snapping and withdrawing from them, etc etc. I think the fact you posted this shows you are recognising a problem, and that is the first step to getting help. Why not visit your doctor or find some counselling? It can't hurt.

Good luck!


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   Posted 4/8/2012 6:12 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to the depression forum. The thing that stands out to me in your post is your drinking. It definately causes depression. That is probably what is causing your down patterns. Try to stop drinking for a few weeks and see if you don't feel better. Sure it makes you feel good at the moment. But it is a depressant and will make you feel depressed.

Tara has a good idea with going to a counselor. That is where most of us start healing. Counseling is wonderful for us. I hope that you feel better soon.

Do try to stop the binge drinking. It isn't good for you.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 4/13/2012 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to the forum.  I'm sorry you have been struggling with your sleep for 7 years!  I have insomnia too and it has effected my everyday life.  Among other physical disabilities, constant lack of sleep has caused me to be unable to focus and my short term memory is shot.  It's a downward spiral, but I try to make the best of it. 
Finding this website is a step in the right direction.  Here you will find people willing to listen/read and not judge.  You will find all sorts of good advice that many people pay top dollar for.  Binge drinking is never good and especially while you are sorting yourself out.  Keep us updated on how you are doing.
Best wishes,
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