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(Is this too much for 9.30am on a Monday morning?)
Pretty boring/standard really.
Any experience of going to the doctors with it, what help they gave you, whether it helps etc. Thanks.
and (unless there's been another policy shift) a lot will have initial mental health workers working in the surgery.
I'd strongly recommend going.
and got really confused about what I was trying to say then just gave me a bunch of leaflets for different services all over Manchester for lots of different disorders and stuff. Then wanted to take loads of blood tests.
but I actually had stuff to talk through and kinda just wanted to understand why I was feeling this way a bit more and not some unhelpful junior doctor who has no idea how to talk to people. It depends what's brought on your depression but I'd suggest going anyway, without high expectations. Hope you get someone who does understand.
If you wanted on the NHS, at least?
I got it through university
but I'm sure people's experiences will have changed; that was 4 years ago now.
doesnt really help though.
I was already taking anti-depressants but so much was going on in my life and I couldn't really cope. Booze + anti-depressants = doing stupid things like falling off the roof of your parents' house.
I wouldn't bore you with too much detail about my depression (don't want you getting more depressed) but my doctor was extremely supportive and understanding. Now I don't feel guilty about suffering from it, and the medication I'm on (Fluoxetine) is helping massively. Good luck with it fella.
Hope yr ok, the first dr i went to see about it passed it off as reactive (A LOT of stuff happened last year), and suggested it'd pass, (the second time i saw him, and he said this made thing muuuuuch worse) 6 months after things had (kinda) settled, i still felt shocking...went to a different dr in Jan (almost walked out of the waiting room, had been there an hour incredibly on edge), been on Citalopram ever since, the first month/six weeks was horrible, had the shakes, felt like vomiting, crazy dry mouth, and depression felt worse, REALLY REALLY bad PIT OF DOOM stuff on a couple of occasions. BUT, it was worth it, I'm feeling much better, have another 2 month course of the dosage i'm currently on, the dropping down with a view to coming off them.
try and avoid taking pills etc for it
I'm not sure I'd have coped without them.
well it depends case to case, how serious it is etc, but it is pretty easy to get a reliance on them
and it's never good to cut them off willy nilly. I did that before and I was so unbelievably ill.
I seem to get fairly periodic bouts of, I'm loath to use the word depression as it doesn't seem that severe, sadness, apathy, unmotivation, lethargy, just a general feeling of hopelessness. I kinda go through the motions of going to work etc and at one point, usually 4 - 5 days in i'll just hear a joke or something and it'll lift me out of it and i'll be fine for about - ummm - three months or so and then i'll fall into it again.
That's all i've got!
Whilst I find it's a relatively easy rut to get out of, it's also an easy thing to fall back into.
I had it a couple of weeks ago, and then something actually really bad did happen, not to me, but i was needed as support to someone, and it instantly snapped me out of it.
I've never considered going to someone about it, it doesn't really last long enough to significantly affect my life, and i'm still functioning when it's happening, i've never been to really dark places with it, just haven't cracked a smile for four days straight.
'depression', rather it seems to be periods of apathy and indifference to everything and everyone around me, which I find pretty difficult to deal with and understand.
It's even more difficult when there are lots of good things happeneing and people around, but yet I feel completely unable to get involved or enjoy it, feeling as though I'm not completely 'there'.
As suggested above, I do find fresh air and exercise does sometimes help. I tend to find these things come and go in bursts.
Definitely me included. If it's more than just the occasional bout that you can tie up to specific events, or to something like a period of lethargy, definitely seek advice. Depression shouldn't have a stigma and increasingly, happily, it doesn't.
about CBT but specifically a method called mindfulness, which is just meditation really. For people who have reoccurring depression throughout their lives it's proven to be more effective than any medication or anything else. I have depression very bad, I've had it all my life but especially bad since last June. I've got two mindfulness CD's that I'm converting to MP3 for someone else on here. Anyone who wants to give it a try let me know and I'll forward on.
I have a friend who does it and he's not the type to get into that kind of thing at all and he says he can go from depression to normality in 15 minutes after doing it. Like anything though you have to learn it, it's not immediate.
My therapist described it as acceptance of thoughts rather than your brain trying to figure out your thoughts - the nature of your brain is to problem solve and if you're depressed it will search around trying to find a reason why but there is no reason, it'll just throw up sad memories trying to find a reason and it makes you spiral into deeper depression. He said that when you have all these thoughts going around in your head that you can't shake it's like a river and you're swept along with it but once you can do this meditation it's like you see all that river but you're stood on the banks.
It sounds like hippy BS I know but you're all welcome to a copy if I figure out how to share it online from a CD (cos I'm a douchebag)
I've been waiting for CBT for ages but nothing's happening. Have been getting a bit exasperated with it lately so I'd like to give it a try.
anyone who wants it if you could pm me your email it would be easier I think. I'll try and get it done today if I remember
--- My therapist described it as acceptance of thoughts rather than your brain trying to figure out your thoughts - the nature of your brain is to problem solve and if you're depressed it will search around trying to find a reason why but there is no reason, it'll just throw up sad memories trying to find a reason and it makes you spiral into deeper depression. ------
rings bells to me, often when i snap out of my sadness it's almost as if I just get so bored with feeling shit, that my brain just goes - NOT DOING THIS ANYMORE, NOT THINKING ABOUT THIS, UNLUCKY YOU ARE JUST SAD, BORED NOW -
and it goes away
Stupid brain's just like, stop being so sad you idiot, everything's fine, and then I do. Hmm.
if anyone else wants it then let me know!
Pop into one of their help centres and I'm sure your life will turn around.
are they free? sometimes they leave them unguarded outside the one on Tottenham Court Road
My guess is that they aren't free and they will find you.
Just broke down into tears in Asda because a nice smiley lady walked past and reminded me of my mum.
the best thing about it was that it was in a health centre type place what had an amazing canteen with loads of carribean food.
worst thing was probably getting hit full on in the face with a snowball on my way home once.
glad to help.
I thought the best thing was just not to be on your own too much. Visit friends etc.
Keep pushing the people I care about the most away from me as I don't want to disappoint them in any way. Relationships are just too hard and keep jumping from one person to the next in some sort of attempt to try and run from it but it never works. Have hurt someone I love very much in the process when all they have ever done is try and help me overcome this. Really don't know my mind at all and it scares me.
Ask yourself that.
but my worst bout of it was oddly at a period of my life which I was enjoying things the most. First term, first year of uni, late 2009.
Slashing my arm with a sharp pair of paper scissors while listening to Slowdive was hardly my finest moment.
Was made worse by my odd attraction to this girl we'd all become friends with who lived upstairs (i still have the best set of flat mates ever, ALL great friends nearly 3 years later). She fancied my housemate.... she asked him out, he rejected, over the christmas break I got over her, the depression and all my hang ups. Came back happier and different for second term. By february, I'd started talking to her again more in a more chummy way (we both had love for music, as in we both could easily have a good conservation about albums we liked released that year, snobby shit etc) like before as I knew I was 'over it' but then that lead to.... yay kissing.
Been with her 2 years 3 months.
I took a bunch of my mums anti depressents once to see if they had any effect and all that happened was my tongue went numb and I had this sensation that I was falling. Sometimes I take those online tests and they always say I'm depressed. But I don't believe them. Im certainly not suicidal.
I just have that feeling that others have described above. A sense of being passive and withdrawn, to a worrying degree. I go through the motions each day until the motions become meaningless and I feel disconnected from everything. Everything takes on a falceness and seems beyond my reach.
On the one hand its zen but I wouldn't describe myself as peacefull. There is always a dull sense of anxiety accompanying it. I think how the water rolls from the trees to the rivers to the ocean to the sky to the trees and I feel a part of that, as if I am watching myself passively.
Then I found my sum41 record of 'all killer, no filler' and I feel loads better now
I was really depressed so once my lease was up, I quit my job and started a new life elsewhere. Occasionally, I'll hear bits and pieces about people and places from "my old life" and it will put me in a sad mood but the feeling doesn't last very long. Back in "my old life," I would literally spend entire weekends surviving on nothing but wine, sitting in my bathroom and crying.
Hope you feel better, OP.
Noticed it being a thing rather than just subconsciously being influenced by it when I was about 17 but I think I had it from way before then, thinking back about 12 years old is the earliest I can remember it. Sometimes it has been my best friend and sometimes it still is in a weird way. A few years back I was on medication for it which I took for about 9 months then quit cold turkey and never told my gp. I haven't been back to a doctor since. I think the meds saved my life or at least prevented serious harm coming to me. They have had some weird side effects though which still persist now, I find it much harder to cry for example.
More recently in my life though I've started suffering from serious anxiety which I think is different right? It definitely seems much worse, feelings of claustrophobia and panic and underlying dread that doesn't seem to go away. Before it felt like my own lousiness but now it's like some kind of malevolent force or presence is watching over me all the time, really knots my stomach up to think about it. On the plus side this is more intermittent than before so I can go days where I feel normal.
but I am able to see that I am ridiculous
and then its just too frightening and so I distract myself with something trivial and non-consequential