How Do You Know When You're Depressed?
Posted 25 May 2009 - 04:49 PM
I've been going through a lot of stuff lately both professionally and personally (nothing to do with DH and I, thank goodness) and I was wondering if I am seriously depressed. I mean, I don't know how to tell if I am. I just feel so hopeless all the time and I'm rarely truly happy anymore. Most days I feel like nothing is ever going to change or get better for me and I'm often on the verge of tears out of nowhere and I feel like it's out of my control. Should I see my doctor or is it too soon to tell? I'm so frustrated/angry/sad all the time these days and I feel like I don't even recognize myself anymore...
What do I do?
Posted 25 May 2009 - 05:22 PM
Posted 25 May 2009 - 05:31 PM
Sending you strength and hope from NJ
Posted 25 May 2009 - 06:02 PM
I am sorry to hear you are going through such a rough time. Let me start by telling you, you are not alone. I have to think that yes you are depressed and definitely need some help. Nobody should be feeling like you do. I understand it was not so long ago I too felt like that. But yes definitely go see your doctor. Talk to somebody anybody. Us if you like.. I promise you all of us will do our best for you. Maybe you are doing too much? Are you eating healthy? Getting enough sleep? Fresh air? Sunshine? Try getting together with some girlfriends that you know always make you laugh. You NEED to laugh. You must be worring yourself over sick about something. There are several great books out there for people to learn to relax and relinquish control (I know these were things I had a hard time with).
I will be sending you all my good wishes. May your guardian angel let the sun shine on you.
Posted 25 May 2009 - 06:22 PM
Jennifer - I'd say there's a 99.9% chance that I'm not (bcp and "protection"). But I guess you never know. Do women get depressed during pregnancy? Sorry if that's a dumb question, I have no idea how it works.
Posted 25 May 2009 - 08:06 PM
Posted 25 May 2009 - 08:19 PM
On the other hand, a friend of mine tried the exercise, didn't work. She was one who was always against pills, but eventually started taking them and has a life again.
Everyone is different, but the main point is that if are not happy right now, anything is worth a try!!
Posted 25 May 2009 - 08:20 PM
I'm sorry to hear you're feeling crappy, I think it would definitely be worth while to talk to your GP about your symptoms, it could be another health problem or it could be stress/anxiety/depression. Here are some of the symptoms we are taught in school (I'm in medical school) when assessing a patient for depression: - Changes in sleep, loss interest (ie are you not as interested in doing things you usually enjoy), guilt, lack of energy, reduced ability to concentrate, affect (low mood, ie feeling sad), changes in movement or appetite (up or down), reduced interest in sex and thoughts of suicide.
So...if you have been experiencing a few of these symptoms (ie 5 or more from a list the doctor will screen you for) for at least 2 weeks then you meet the criteria for a major depressive episode. You may benefit from getting medication to get you through this tough time, or you may not - but it would definitely not be a bad idea to be assessed by your physician. All the best.
Posted 25 May 2009 - 08:42 PM
I would definately go to your dr though and ask for some help figuring it all out- no need feeling badly and if it ends up being a pregnancy you'll want to get started under dr care! But if there is another underlying issue the sooner you seek assistance the quicker you'll get better- Especially if it is depression!
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