It’s good that you reached out for help.
As bi-polar, I have had a lot of depression in my life.
I now take Lithium for the mania, and Mirtazapine for the depression.
These are my opinions. I think you are very strong to reach out.
I was having a lot of problems that I didn’t solve very well, and I realized I needed some help, so that’s why I’m on this website.
I realized I’m pretty much stuck in my house, and don’t get to talk to a lot of people, and wasn’t getting any second opinions.
A website, I realized, you can reach outside of your house, without having to actually leave. Which is great.
In your post, you mention several people you know, but you say you can’t bring up your problems to them. Two things, one, it is hard to bring up to a “civilian” something like, “you know, sometimes I feel like I just want to die!”
And two, that leaves you to try to help yourself. But the problem there is, you’re both the patient and the caregiver. It would be better if you were the one who was sick, and someone else was the caregiver. But it doesn’t often work like that.
So, we have a double burden when one would be enough, so how are we going to solve two? Lot of people don’t.
Since you’ve reached out to a depression website, you’ve reached out to people who have gotten over it, and they can tell you how they did it.
Only thing a lot of people on this website have over you is age, and experience. Maybe they had someone to talk to who guided them in the right way.
You have no one to talk to, so, in my case, this is someone who got through that. I’m trying to think, who did I talk to about
my depression? Well, one, nobody.
I was living by myself at about
28, new at living alone, away from my mother, not use to taking care of myself, and I had a problem: depression.
All of those “risk factors” were coming to a point, were coming down on my head. And from not doing anything, they exploded when I had a nervous breakdown.
So, who was my advisor? The school of hard knocks.
So, from the school of hard knocks, I’m reaching out to you to say, “You don’t want to go that way.”
One, depression is treatable.
Two, sometimes it’s inherited. Did your parents or grandparents
have depression, or an aunt or uncle?
Also, when you’re depressed, or another illness or stress, it’s harder to make decisions.
So, I would suggest, you look in computer Yellow Pages, write down the numbers of some psychiatrists, man or woman as you choose, and call one.
Just get their evaluation. You don’t have to take any medicine. By going, also, if you get worse, you’ll already have a doctor. These are my views.
So, from mayoclinic.org, it says about
the signs of depression (you can also check this and other websites):
“Although depression may occur only once during your life, people typically have multiple episodes. During these episodes, symptoms occur most of the day, nearly every day and may include:”
• Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness
• Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
• Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports
• Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
• Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort
• Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain
• Anxiety, agitation or restlessness
• Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
• Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame
• Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
• Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
• Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
“For many people with depression, symptoms usually are severe enough to cause noticeable problems in day-to-day activities, such as work, school, social activities or relationships with others. Some people may feel generally miserable or unhappy without really knowing why.”
“Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Doctors often start by prescribing an SSRI. These drugs are considered safer and generally cause fewer bothersome side effects than other types of antidepressants. SSRIs include citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva), sertraline (Zoloft) and vilazodone (Viibryd).”
Post Edited (Tim Tam) : 6/18/2017 1:46:45 PM (GMT-6)