I was recently diagnosed with depression......I'm 18. Everything was fine up until a few months ago when I graduated. I was Valedeictorian, and through a program at my school, I was able to complete my Associate's degree at the same time. It should have been a happy time for me, but instead, I found myself spiraling downward into an unhappy person. Problems arose, and instead of tackling them with the confidence I had before, I built a wall. I pushed away friends and family. I'm struggling with school....not that the work is any harder, I've just lost desire and motivation. That applies to everything. I quit my church choir and stopped doing things on the weekend. I've gained a lot of weight, and I stopped tanning. I don't date anymore.
After talking to my doctor, she gave me Zoloft, and I thought it would be a magic remedy. Instead, I've had sleepless nights, nausea, and I'm not looking forward to gaining any more weight. I know that I will kick this, and I will find my motivation and happiness again, but I'm so lost right now. My friends really can't relate, and I just need reassurance that I'm not alone. Thanks!