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   Posted 1/7/2006 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I just discovered this site and i read several of the forums on depression. I also suffer from depression and I am glad to find people with this same problem. I think it is so brave of everyone who's shared their stories and I feel inspired to tell my own.
I am seventeen years old and a junior in high school. I know I've had depression for at least 4 years of my life but I only recently (this summer) sought help for it. I've been going to therapy and taking medications for it and I've seen a lot of improvement in my life. I'm more outgoing, happy, and fell a lot better in school. One problem I am dealing with now is that many of my friends and classmates seem to be intimidated by my change in personality. They have known me as a shy, quiet person for all of high school, and now this year I have become very outgoing both in and out of class. I understand how this has confused and scared people, but I still feel scared of telling them about my depression because I think they'll treat me differently. I was wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience and if so do you have any advice for me?

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   Posted 1/9/2006 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jim and welcome to the forum. While I haven't had that experience with meds, hopefully someone will be along soon to share their experiences. Perhaps you could share with us what types of meds you are on? It certainly sounds like they are working for you. Pull up a chair and stay awhile. :-)

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   Posted 1/9/2006 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Easier said than done but I try and not worry about what others think or feel about me. Yes I try and be a kinder and gentler version than before the meds and therapy and am concerned if I am harsh or unkind to someone. I am not concerned if someone feels that the changes I am making in my life for the better make them uncomfortable. That is their issue not mine. Good luck and I hope you find tha answers you are looking for.
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   Posted 1/11/2006 1:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, CrazyJim!
Congratulations for seeking treatment and following through! You have a lot to be proud of right there!!
Your peers will just have to get used to the new you. It must seem a little strange for you to see this reaction in them. But, people change all the time and for many reasons. Some simply read something inspirational or a self-help book; some have life-altering events that make them begin to look at their lives differently. At your age, some of your peers undoubtedly are thinking of their future and feeling a little more serious about life than they might have a year ago, for example.
So we all change at different times in our lives. You can share what you are going through with them if you want to, but you owe no one any explanations at all. Or you can simply say "I feel good these days" and leave it at that without further explanation of why you feel better or why you didn't feel well before.  They are probably envious of you!
In the end, it is your decision to share or not. (I personally agree with some of your concerns for not sharing.) Your health and mental health concerns are private matters.
Keep up the great work!! Come back and share often with us!

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   Posted 1/11/2006 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Jim, I'm glad that your depression is getting better. :-)    School can be pretty bad with it.  I'm new to this board too. I'm in grade 11 in Canada and I'm 16.  I think I've had depresson since I was 11, and anxiety since age 10, so I understand where you're coming from. 
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   Posted 1/11/2006 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advice everyone. I've been on prozac and I feel I'm doing way better. One thing I didn't mention, though I probably should have, is that I also have ADHD so I can be a bit impulsive and hyperactive at times. I do joke alot, but when I feel I've hurt someone I always try to apologize. Thanks again everyone!
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