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Anxiety - Just Diagnosed / WELCOME!!! PLEASE READ
« Last post by Sane Moderator on November 09, 2009, 09:56:01 am »
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Anxiety - Living With It / Re: When is it time to seek professional help?
« Last post by frankfromatlanta on November 06, 2009, 12:41:07 pm »
Thank you so much for the feedback. I've been doing better the last couple of weeks so I'm holding off for now.

Of course I'm currently without insurance too. Trying to work out a solution there. Hopefully soon.
Depression - Living With It / What to tell a new girlfriend?
« Last post by PittsBGuy on October 28, 2009, 04:01:18 pm »
I've been seeing this really great woman. She's attractive, and has a great attitude and we seem to get along really well. We've been going out for about two months and neither of us is dating anyone else anymore. I think she really likes me, and I think we could get pretty serious. I just don't feel like I know how to bring up the issue of my depression.

I had my first really bad episode right after I got out of college, and I was on meds for a while and then I was fine. I got into a four year relationship about a year later and I never really felt like I needed to tell her about it, because I was fine.

Then about a year ago, the depression came back -- with a vengeance. It came on fast and I was so bad I had to go into the hospital for about a week. Now I'm still juggling multiple meds and trying to find the right combo. We've stayed at her place so far. I've been worried about having her over in case she sees the meds and asks me about them.

I feel like I should tell her about the depression, because my doctor said that once it has come back even once it is more likely that it can come back again. Is it too soon, though? Does anybody have experience with this? Good or bad?

Depression - Just Diagnosed / Re: Depression - Doesn't seem real
« Last post by alibasterskin on October 28, 2009, 03:53:12 pm »

Just hang on. It can and will get better. There might be some rough spots, but things can usually get sorted out once the meds kick in. Were you feeling like you might hurt yourself? If your depression is as bad as it sounds or if you were feeling suicidal you should probably find a way to see a therapist. Call your insurance company and see what they say?

Is your mom understanding, or do you have a difficult relationship? Any issues that come up with her, as stressful as they might be, are probably not as bad as staying depressed, so it would probably be worth telling her if your insurance will cover it.

If they don't. Is there a sliding scale clinic anywhere near you? did you ask your school counselor about sliding scale or free therapy services? They sometimes know.

I know it feels hopeless right now, but I promise that it can and usually does get better. It might take a few weeks for meds and therapy to kick in though.
Anxiety - Living With It / Re: When is it time to seek professional help?
« Last post by alibasterskin on October 28, 2009, 03:47:46 pm »

I think it depends on the kind of help and how bad things are. I have depression and panic attacks, so sometimes my anxiety is completely unmanageable and I can't be around people or have to leave suddenly. I'm on meds and I see a wonderful therapist. They both seem to help. I also have depression.

Do you have insurance? It might make sense to try and see a therapist and see what they say. Maybe it's just life stuff going on for you, and you'll feel better if you deal with what's stressing you out. If it's more serious, you might need extra help.

Good luck, and let us know what you decide to do.
Psych Meds / Celexa
« Last post by disturbia on October 28, 2009, 03:44:12 pm »
Does anybody know anything about Celexa? I have a perscription, but I haven't filled it yet. I'm worred about side effects.
Depression - Just Diagnosed / Depression - Doesn't seem real
« Last post by disturbia on October 28, 2009, 03:42:01 pm »
The last six weeks have been total hell. I'm stuck in a small college town. Am a junior. I think I've actually been depressed since summer, but it got worse after I came back to school. It's never been this bad before. A few rough times in HS, but man this one was bad.

My boyfriend totally didn't understand and totally thought I was just being a bitch. It took a kind of acquaintance to tell me to see the school counselor, and she set me up with a local psychiatrist at a clinic here cuz she was worried that the depression was bad.

The doctor was ok. He mostly asked me a ton of questions and then gave me a perscription. He asked me if I wanted to see a therapist, but I can't really afford it and I don't think my parent's insurance will cover it. I just don't want my mom to know yet.

It feels kind of hopeless and pointless. I've been screwing off and not getting my work done at school. I just wanted to sleep all the time. Does it ever really get better?
Lets say my anxiety issues are a little too much. How do I go about finding a doctor in the Atlanta area? And which kind of doctor do I need?
Anxiety - Living With It / When is it time to seek professional help?
« Last post by frankfromatlanta on October 23, 2009, 03:08:40 pm »
How do you know when it is time to get help? I struggle occasionally when deadlines at work get crazy. I'm moody at home and just generally miserable.

It always passes but I can be a pretty miserable person for a couple of days.

Is this just normal stress reaction or something more?
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