Living with Depression

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    maggiemae asked...

     

    Hello - I recently started taking medication for depression after struggling with depression for a long time. It took me quite some time to admit I have depression and due something about it.

    I'm was not, am not clinically depressed, more like what my Dr. called dystemia. Anyway so I've acknowledge I have a problem. I'm taking the medication and even using something for anxiety when I feel the need. My question(s) my mind still races and I still have days where I just feel so darn sad and feel like life is horrible and I'm sick of feeling this way and thought the medicine would make it all go away.

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    I would like to hear from others is this what it is like for you? I feel so lonely even though I have a great companion and two awesome teenagers. I just feel like nothing makes me really happy and that I'm never satisfied or fulfilled. I'm tired of feeling this way or at least feeling like I'm the only one. Help! I hope I have made sense it seems when I try to talk about this I don't even convey my thoughts and feelings correctly.

     

     

     

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    Dear maggiemae,

     

    I think many of us have felt that way at times. Certainly, I have. Hopefully, you'll get replies from more people who will share their experiences with you.

     

    Something else to keep in mind is that the first medication you try may not be the best one for you. It takes a while to see results, but if you don't start feeling better, you should go talk with your doctor. He might suggest a change in medication, talking with a therapist, or activities that could help.

     

    The main thing to remember is that you really should let your doctor know if you keep feeling this way so he can help you. OK?

     

     

    Good luck,

     

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Published On: September 10, 2007