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when to get help?

Posted by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 4:25 AM
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How bad does depression have to be before you seek help? What are the signs? I camt tell anymore..
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lyrick24
by Group Admin on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:12 AM

 

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    Depression symptoms include:

    • Feelings of sadness or unhappiness
    • Irritability or frustration, even over small matters
    • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
    • Reduced sex drive
    • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
    • Changes in appetite - depression often causes decreased appetite and weight loss, but in some people it causes increased cravings for food and weight gain
    • Agitation or restlessness - for example, pacing, hand-wringing or an inability to sit still
    • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
    • Indecisiveness, distractibility and decreased concentration
    • Fatigue, tiredness and loss of energy - even small tasks may seem to require a lot of effort
    • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself when things aren't going right
    • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
    • Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide
    • Crying spells for no apparent reason
    • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

    For some people, depression symptoms are so severe that it's obvious something isn't right. Others people feel generally miserable or unhappy without really knowing why.

    Depression affects each person in different ways, so depression symptoms vary from person to person. Inherited traits, age, gender and cultural background all play a role in how depression may affect you.

    Bluetick
    by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:25 AM
    I was afeaid of those sypmtoms.... i have a hysterectomy 9 weeks ago and had major issues during surgery...long story short those are all side effect of the surgery and the hormonal imbalance im facing for the next 6 months! How do you tell the difference?
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    coreilly89
    by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:34 AM

    If you're asking yourself this, you should probably get an appointment with a counselor. 

    Bluetick
    by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:42 AM
    I spoke w my dr a week ago and told him all the things id been going through... he claims its extremly normal after a hysterectomy and endo i need a referal for therapy and honrstly i dont know what id talk about since ive been at home on bedrest for 9 weeks.... cant figure this out! Dr claims its a hormone inbalance and it will get better....at some point...its just dragging to get there

    Quoting coreilly89:

    If you're asking yourself this, you should probably get an appointment with a counselor. 

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    coreilly89
    by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:54 AM


    Quoting Bluetick:

    I spoke w my dr a week ago and told him all the things id been going through... he claims its extremly normal after a hysterectomy and endo i need a referal for therapy and honrstly i dont know what id talk about since ive been at home on bedrest for 9 weeks.... cant figure this out! Dr claims its a hormone inbalance and it will get better....at some point...its just dragging to get there

    Quoting coreilly89:

    If you're asking yourself this, you should probably get an appointment with a counselor. 

    Oh! I didn't know that part. Yeah, getting gutted screws with your hormones. :( Hopefully the therapist can put you on something to balance you out until your body does it naturally. 

    matreshka
    by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    I would take the referral to a therapist, they can help you even with the hormonal changes, like coping skills and stuff.  Then they can see also determine, by seeing you each week if its something else too. it may take time, but a therapist can really help.  I wnet to a therapist through my pregnancy and every week since and she could tell that it wasn't my postpartum hormones but my bipolar symptoms coming back.

    Quoting Bluetick:

    I spoke w my dr a week ago and told him all the things id been going through... he claims its extremly normal after a hysterectomy and endo i need a referal for therapy and honrstly i dont know what id talk about since ive been at home on bedrest for 9 weeks.... cant figure this out! Dr claims its a hormone inbalance and it will get better....at some point...its just dragging to get there

    Quoting coreilly89:

    If you're asking yourself this, you should probably get an appointment with a counselor. 


    Bluetick
    by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 7:35 AM
    Im dowñ because i cant go any where! Or do Anything! I cant go to some crazy therapist until i either.... get straight on hormones naturally or takd hormone replacement. Your body cant adjust if you are giving it some crap a therapist ( not a HRT specialist) crams down your throat




    Never mind all you ladies want to do is medicate and i dont need it and even if i did im not allowed from my surgeon... im really let down noone in this group is in touch w reality that im SCREAMING! ! Why ismt anyone listening???
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    lucy164
    by Peggy on Jan. 15, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    if it's depression you have, you need to get on meds asap.  the longer you wait, the worse it's going to be.

    momma2bubbas
    by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    I think from personal exp., that if it lasts day in and day out, or if it comes in cycles (like mine) and it interrupts your life and relationships, how you feel about yourself , causes you to self medicate or hurt yourself or others, than it is time to seek help.

    Of course you dont need to wait til it gets to be this bad; trust your gut. If you are feeling this way and asking the question, it is probably time to seek help out.

    m.

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