Depression

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Are you able to go see a psychiatrist?  Talking to someone who knows these diseases would be better than a GP in my opinion.  Plus you can have someone to talk to that will help you figure out what the underlying reason is that you are feeling the way that you are.

I hope you feel better soon.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@2beemrs:  I have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and I also struggle with PMDD. Most of the time I’m fine. I’ll never be perky or anything like that, but most of the time I’m not too down either. Right now it’s hard, since I suspect AF will be here soon. I really hate me. I wish I could get away from me. I don’t really want to do anything except sleep and eat, and I feel constantly on the verge of crying.

Please feel free to PM me if you want to talk

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@2beemrs:  When you call for an appointment just tell them you would like a depression screening.

 

Antidepressants take a little while to start working because of the blood brain barrier, so keep that in mind. 

 

Most prescribing physicians start with SSRI’s but I like Wellbutrin which has less sexual side effects and does not typically cause weight gain. You should discuss these options with your physician. 

 

You should also look into some psychotherapy, a combination of CBT and antidepressants is in my opinion the best way to deal with depression.

 

You are not alone and you will get through this!

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

@2beemrs:  Oh sweetie, I’m sorry.  Depression sucks.  It definitely sounds like you’re depressed if you’ve gained so much weight and you’ve lost your sex drive.  

Definitely go see a good psychiatrist (I wouldn’t recommend your PCP because they’re not as well-versed with psych problems) and see about some therapy and maybe an antidepressant.  There are tons of options available that can really help – you just have to screw up the courage to ask.  

(((Hugs)))  Good luck!  I’ve been there myself, and it’s so much better when you get good treatment.  Make sure also to lean on your husband for support!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

@2beemrs:  Definitely see a therapist or psychiatrist.  It helps!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Yes, I was diagnosed with depression at age 13.  I’ve been on and off meds since then (off from age 15-21).  I’ve been on them again for 4 years (age 22) and I LOVE THEM.  They make me able to function.  I’ve been in therapy on and off since age 13, as well (13-15, 20-21, 22-now).  I recommend getting treated as soon as possible.  I didn’t know what life could be like until I found a mix of medication and therapy that worked for me.  I have worked through many of my issues, and am a much happier, balanced person.  I probably have a genetic-related depression, so getting medicated really made sense for me.  I was afraid to get a therapist and go through all of that, but my husband insisted that I go, and I will be grateful for him always for encouraging me to get help.  

Please get help.  There’s no reason to live like this!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Easy there on the drug recommendations. Depression is serious business and so is taking prescription medications. First things first – see a therapist. Talk about stuff. You can call your insurance company and they can give you a list of recommendations. Some health plans even provide lists online. It might take a few tries to meet the right person to work with, don’t get discouraged if you don’t feel like the therapists you meet are the right fit, keep trying. It sounds like you have a lot on your plate and could really use an unbiased perspective. It can be hugely helpful. That does NOT mean you need to be on medication! Now, don’t get me wrong, some people do need medication. But that is something that should be determined over time with the proper professional. It shouldn’t be something that your GP just gives you a test for and then hands out a script. That is just so wrong on so many levels. 

Depression runs in my family, I struggle with it, my Dad, my sister, it’s not something to take lightly. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to private message me. I have a lot of experience and knowledge to share. 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Also with weight gain there may be underlying issues, have you had your thyroid checked lately? Thyroid disfunction also goes hand in hand with depression often times. 

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@2beemrs:  Because we don’t know where you live, you will have to do what’s best for you in your locale.

If you live in Canada, you absolutely must start by seeing your GP. They are the gateway to our healthcare system. You may or may not be referred elsewhere.

Even if you live in the USA, I suggest you start with your family doctor. There are lots of medical conditions that can cause depression and weight gain.

You said you didn’t know how to bring this up with your doctor. Tell your doctor exactly what you told us in this post.

Good luck to you.

 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@2beemrs:  I have battled depression thrughout my life.  The first time I told my GP, as an adult patient, that I wanted anti-depressants, he didn’t bat an eye, and just prescribed me some, and they are the same ones I take in the winter now.  It really depends on your GP, how he or she will react, but most of the time they have no problem treating, and referring.

The most effective course of treatment, based on the literature, the last time I was paying attention, is talk therapy, and medication combined.  Both work on their own, but are most effective in combination.

Physical activity, and early hours daylight, are both fantastic adjuct treatments for depression, too.  So, going for a run in the morning, between 6 and 8 am, will help your depresssion in two ways.  That’s right, you can lose weight while fighting depression!

I have found that one of the biggest hurdles is accepting that I need help, and seeking it out.  But, once you identify that the problem is there, and you recognize that it isn’t who you are, it’s a disease, you can get down to the business of fighting it.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@2beemrs:  we are in the same boat at this moment, except no one in my family sees me enough to know any better. I have struggled with major depressive disorder,and social and general anxiety all my life. I haven’t been treated for the last year and now I barely leave my house, and spend all my time eating the emotions away or sleeping or crying.

This coming Tuesday this changes for me.

I’m going to a new doctors office to get “screened” and re-evaluate treatment options. There is help, and hope. It has taken me 6 months to get the courage to seek help but knowing it isn’t going to be all on my shoulders anymore helps me get up each day. 

Hoping to hear an update 🙂 

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@2beemrs:  I was diagnosed with depression at the age of 12. I never got any real help for it until a few months ago (age 21) when I was tired of everything and sought out a therapist. Psychotherapy has worked wonders for me, and I have developed a good therapeutic bond with my therapist. Therapy is uncomfortable, pushes my boundaries, and makes me cry more often than not, but I always leave my sessions feeling a little better each time.

Therapy has helped me manage my depression, but not as much as it does with my co-diagnoses of anxiety and eating disorder. Since I needed something “more,” my therapist and I agreed that talking to my primary physician about medication was the next step in my treatment plan.

The consultation with my doctor went really well. I work in the mental health field and am pretty well-versed on the different types of psychotropic medications, so we discussed what I felt I needed vs. what he recommended, and we compromised on Wellbutrin (straight-up, not SR or XL) at a low starting dose that could be upped later on if needbe.

I have never felt better in my life. I have energy and motivation to do things, my mood has improved drastically, and it actually brought my sex drive back. Therapy helps me learn skills for life to help me manage my symptoms, and medication gets me through the day and allows me to USE the skills from therapy.

Mental health professionals agree that medication and psychotherapy together are more effective in treating depression than either on their own. Seeing a doctor for meds is a start, but I recommend finding a therapist and really knocking depression down =)

Good luck!

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