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What is depression? - July 2nd 2009, 11:53 AM

I don't know if what I have is depression. I'm pretty sure I am though. I'm always down, and just blah. Very often I want to cry with no reason or nothing triggering it. I don't know how to talk to anyone about it, I don't have any medical insurance right now. So going to a doctor isn't an option for now at least... Idk what to do. I want to be happy, i want to get better.
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Re: What is depression? - July 2nd 2009, 02:05 PM

hey, maybe you can go research about it online? there're many articles on that... and do know that it's not something that's caused by your personality but it's caused by chemical imbalances in your brain. and it can be cured. maybe you can't see a doctor, but is there a trusted adult you can talk to? or does where you stay provide counselling? but it's impt that you want to get better and that's great. (: so do get help if you want a peace of mind

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Re: What is depression? - July 2nd 2009, 08:29 PM

Hi there TJ.

I’m sorry to hear that you feel as though you may be suffering from depression right now. Depression is truly an awful thing to have, but it is treatable – so the good news is, that if you do have depression or the symptoms of it, there are things you can do to try and alter how you’re feeling.

I think that if you don’t know much about depression, a good idea would be to check out some resources. It’s good to have some knowledge on what you may be suffering from – it often helps to understand what’s happening and why. Depression can be ‘triggered’ by certain things, but in some people, it isn’t. If you don’t have any triggers, then it may be hard for you to try and deal with your depression and it may be mainly down to an imbalance of chemicals – you may want to try and alter your diet to contain more foods with serotonin - bananas are a great source of serotonin, by the way. Drug therapy may be helpful if you don’t seem to be able to identify any issues which may be related to your depression, but these medications would need to be prescribed. I’d recommend that you check out the resources sticky at the top of this forum, or simply do an internet search for ‘depression’, there are many helpful pieces of information online.

What does make you happy, TJ? Do you have any hobbies that you enjoy? If you do, then that’s great and I’d urge you to keep them up and try and enjoy them. If you don’t, then it may be a good idea to try out some new things to try and keep your mind occupied, as well as perhaps even finding something new that you’re good at, or some new friends. Keep doing things, keep going out and trying to have fun. Write a journal and note down 5 things about your day that you’ve enjoyed. Write 5 more the next day. Do something once a day for YOU – do something that you enjoy. Read a chapter of a good book, watch an episode of your favourite TV programme.

I hope some of this helps you, TJ. Talking about things often helps too, and I encourage you to talk to us if you ever need or want to. I hope things start to look up for you soon.
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Re: What is depression? - July 3rd 2009, 05:52 AM

Hey there TJ,

have you tried calling a helpline? They can often help figure out what's going on, and help you work through how to deal with it. Sometimes, when things just sort of plunge emotionally for apparently no reason, it can help to take a step back and realize that "hey, there's nothing particularly wrong at this moment, so what particularly can I do to help myself ignore that "down" feeling by doing something else" - like hobbies, favorite songs/movies, things like that.

Also, talking to someone can help a bunch. There's the helplines, and counselors (who'll typically be willing to work with you on negotiating the price), family, friends, people like that. And we're always here to listen, too.

Hang in there.

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