Did you experience depression?

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Mazuz said:
Depression always passes, it is most definitely temporary no matter how it may feel.
No it doesn't and no it isn't. As usual, it varies from person to person. Most people do get past it, with some combination of drugs, ECT, cognitive or other therapy, change of diet, exercise, or just a bit of time. Some people don't get past it. They endure a lifetime of it, in and out of psych wards, and die old and depressed. Or they kill themselves, which can be preferable to decades of abject suffering. And I must comment on something that someone else said. Depression is NOT a part of life and is NOT something we all have to go through. It is a medical condition affecting a small (but sizable) proportion of the community. Sadness, feeling a bit down, a bit negative, grief for loved ones lost, that is part of life. Not depression.

My advice to string_theory is try whatever treatments are out there. If the first drug doesn't work, try another one. Drugs don't work? Try some therapy. As a last resort, try ECT, it's scary, a bit of a headache, some short-term memory loss, but can work for some people. Before that try changing your diet and exercising regularly. Just keep trying again and again. The odds are that something will work. Much better to go with the odds then kill yourself right away. Staying alive during this time is your way of poking your tongue out at nature while it tries to destroy you.

string_theory, you say: "I have nothing to give to this world." When you suffer from depression, your judgement about yourself is clouded. You see yourself through a black fog. I'm telling you that at this time you should doubt yourself. Your opinions are being manipulated by your depression. Rely on the words of others, people you can trust, like your parents, schoolteachers, doctors. At this time, they know you better than you know yourself.

One more thing: the earlier you get treatment, the better off you'll be.
 
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string_theory said:
I am really greatful for your good intentions. Thank you very much. But I do not want to cheat myself: I have nothing to give to this world, and even If I had sth. I wouldn't...
Thnk you once more, bother/sister
you are the ONLY YOU in the universe!!! please do not cheat us of your unique contribution.

medication is often the quickest and easiest way to relieve the depression. long term, i believe a change of life style might be necessary (diet, occupation, view of the world, etc). there might be natural foods, herbs or whatever that can help with the chemical balance. some people believe that sugar (in all it's forms) causes more depression than any other substance (of course, alchohol is probably the worst).

do not be too proud to ask for help. no of us know everything.

love&peace,
olde drunk
 

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string_theory said:
I do not want to go to the doctor.
This is the biggest hurdle you have to overcome. You NEED to go see a doctor.

Just get some information from the internet or by somebody who gives assistance online and get the medicals...
This is a very bad idea, in general. In addition to this being (most likely) illegal, many internet sources are not reliable.

Talk to someone near you about your problem, or if you can't, please talk to a doctor or counselor.
 
At least blow all your money when you go (unless you have kids).. don't be a wuss and do it snivelling on your bed with a bunch of pills. Live life a bit first, then off yourself.
 
string_theory said:
Did you experience depresion?

Yes I did, and I do. I failed most of the courses, I can't work any more, I can't concentrate, I can't like life. I just love life for small irregular peiods and I hate myself. I hate most of the people.

I wanna kill myself. When you see that I am not writing any more, just pray for me, most probably I will be in the other world :( :cry:
If things were lovely all the time
And all our days were good,
we never could appreciate
God's blessings as we should.
Then let's rejoice that there are times
When shadows cloud our day,
and thank the Lord that He with-holds
some things for which we pray.
For had He givin all we sought
it could have brought us woe;
And thus, we would have lost the joy
That God would have us know.
We need to know the blessedness
Of victory over wrong,
For after overcoming trials,
We sing a sweeter song! :smile:
-F.M. Bates
 
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In a few years, depression will become the world's leading disability; you are not alone. Find a caring, competent psychiatrist through a local teaching hospital (university medical center) - they might even work for a sliding-scale fee. For serious depression, an appropriate modern antidepressant and cognitive behavioral therapy are together shown to be twice as effective as either alone. If you agree to such a regimen, keep your doctor informed of any side effects you experience.

Stay away from stimulants, street drugs in general, and those who use them. Most herbal "cures" are unfounded. Exercise is a great palliative, as is proper diet (low sugar, salt and fat). Try to find a support group for depression nearby. Belief in a higher power and/or meditation are often helpful. Seek employment, even if as a volunteer; pursue hobbies. Importantly, try to reduce stress in your life. Keep a steady daytime and sleep schedule; maintain a diary. Make a positive effort to initiate socialization. Above all:

Know that life improves and has great meaning!
 
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Life is like a burning furnace, we are BBQed inside,
therefore----Depression.

Happy-go-lucky could be better.
 

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string_theory said:
I am really greatful for your good intentions. Thank you very much. But I do not want to cheat myself: I have nothing to give to this world, and even If I had sth. I wouldn't...
Thnk you once more, bother/sister
That feeling that you have nothing to give is part of the depression and the lack of energy that goes with it. If you treat the depression, you'll have the energy back to concentrate and do productive things and make a contribution to the world. If that's something that bothers you, then consider making yourself the promise that once you get treatment to get your energy back, you'll go do something to help society. Volunteer at a food bank, or to build a house with Habitat for Humanity, or anything where you'll be around other people and doing something good for society. How else might you contribute to society? Perhaps you can think up some other ways. Give yourself something to look forward to. That's the hardest part, rather than looking back at what you feel you haven't done, look forward to what you can do differently.

For those saying it is temporary, that's not always true. It depends on the causes. It also can be cyclic, especially for those with bipolar disorder, where they go through periods of depression, then cycle into manic phases. When you're too down to pull yourself out of it, you need to see a doctor and get help. Keep in mind depression can be a symptom of other problems too, so seeing a doctor is the most important first step. You might not need SSRIs if there is something else that needs treating. Only a doctor can help you determine this. Schedule a check-up and let the doctor know during the check-up that you are feeling depressed. While it might be helpful for the doctor to know you are feeling depressed when you schedule the appointment for him/her to schedule enough time and make your appointment sooner than later, if you can't bring yourself to give that as your reason, then schedule it as a regular check-up.
 

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