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how long did it take before you were diagnosed? - August 15th 2011, 04:56 PM

I was talking with my friend and i was giving her a lesson on depression, haha. Basically telling her what it feels like for me, why i cut etc. and i said i've had it for 5 years but medically only had it for 1.

What i mean is i know that i've had depression for 5 years but i was only diagnosed with it last year. It was put down to hormones as i was growing up and being a drama queen. Even when i was self harming the doctor didn't take me seriously, i started off harming by scratching myself really badly with a fondue fork and she turned to me and said "A fondue fork? Hmm that's a new one for the books!".

Luckily i found a great psychiatrist and she put me on meds and when i first met her i told her everything that was going on she immediatly said "You have depression, no doubt about it.". She got so angry that other doctors treated me horribly as i could have lost my life to suicide.

So did anyone else have trouble being diagnosed with depression, were you told you were hormonal or were you diagnosed right away?

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Re: how long did it take before you were diagnosed? - August 15th 2011, 06:58 PM

My story is a little different but I'll tell it anyways. It took my family 6 years to take me seriously. My father finally took me to a counselor and after extensive tests, they said I had serious clinical depression and needed to be treated immediately... Everyone felt bad for ignoring my cries for help and I finally got the help I needed. I'm still in therapy and I've been in it for 2 years.
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Re: how long did it take before you were diagnosed? - August 16th 2011, 05:38 PM


Well when I was in year 10.. I think I was 14/15 at the time... I was referred to the child & adolescent mental health services. I thought they were not taking me seriously and all that even though I was recieving treatment however they just never told me that I had been diagnosed with depression. I only found out this year when I saw it in my notes at the doctors. Anyway, I had recovered but I'm having a relapse and so I've been diagnosed with it again.. this time along with an anxiety disorder. Apparently I have emotional dysregulation.

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Re: how long did it take before you were diagnosed? - August 16th 2011, 06:02 PM

i was diagnosed last years too , for 6 years no one noticed , it was horrible .
i started self harming and i tried to kill myself because i thought i was alone .

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