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How does your depression make you feel

Posted by @leanne in Mental Health, May 28, 2012

Life gets me down from time to time but never for long, however, after my first child was born i am certain I had post partum depression for about a week. This Depression was very different and strange as it seemed to come from with in not from anything in my environment. I was happy about the baby and couldn't mesh how I was feeling with what was happening in my life. It was weird and made me want to jump out of my skin and get away from it, but I couldn't. It went away on it's own. Years later when my daughter turned 15 she came to me and told me she thought she was depressed. She too expressed that there was no reason for it she just couldn't enjoy anything going on around her and felt like she wanted to kill herself. It also made her angry frustrated and she didn't always process information correctly when she would get upset. I spent many a day thinking she needed tougher discipline when in fact she was sick. She now has it under control with Lexipro. She is 100% well on the meds. I also think that you can be depressed by getting stuck in a bad situation in life that you just can't shake. A depression from bad things in your environment. How do you feel, do you think there are two kinds of depression, one from within and one from the environment. When I read about this illness and talk to doctors i don't seem to hear anyone who understands it like my daughter and I experienced it. They always seem to mesh the depression with the environment. Which may very well be the case for many people. I am actively trying to understand this illness that many in my family have been afflicted with and welcome the discussion.

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Posted by @joanneo, May 28, 2012

Hi leanness I think depression can come from both meaning environmental as well as intrinsic. Depression can come from the neurutransmitters in our brain that are deficient requiring medication and can be familial. There is no shame with taking medication in fact it can change your life for the better. Are you currently taking any antidepressants? .you might want to visit your doctor they can be your best diagnostician. Please let me know. I am genuinely concerned because I too am under doctor care for depression. It truly is a hurting disease and one that doesn't need to be. Your friend jodi


Posted by @roxie43, May 28, 2012

Depression can be attributed to: genetics, trauma, chronic health conditions and after childbirth. It is also common during menopausal years as well as the elderly.
I think what's important to keep in mind is that we didn't do anything to cause depression. I'm told that it's a chemical imbalance in our brain's and medications relieve symptoms of depression in some but not all.
I'm surprised that only environmental factors have been explored.
I would suggest finding treater's that you can develop a safe, honest and therapeutic relationship with. I have been in treatment for year's but it was not until recently was I blessed with two wonderful female doctor's. I feel heard and my feelings are validated which is so important.
Sometimes, I feel like they are the only once I can trust. There is one in particular that has gone above and beyond for me. I'm totally honest with both of them and weekly psychotherapy is essential. Some places just give out medication and expect you to process everything on your own.
So, you and your daughter are not alone in this battle and you will find this forum very supportive.


Posted by @piglit, May 28, 2012

Hi Itoo would like to welcome you. I have suffered anxiety and depression throughout my lifetoo. We do have a good support group here. Remember that we are all here to be supportive of one another and have a good understanding. Here if you need to talk anytime as other members will be too Take care Piglit


Posted by @leanne, May 29, 2012

Thanks for your replies I appreciate them.


Posted by @piglit, May 29, 2012

always here if you need us Take care

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Posted by @china, May 30, 2012

Depression is not 2 nice when ur family is far. Love my family n that's where I need 2b.


Posted by @china, May 30, 2012

Books can't explain how this makes us feel. Working lots helps n being with family which love u.


Posted by @piglit, May 31, 2012

you can gain knowledge and understanding


Posted by @lizkat, May 31, 2012

Hi Leanne
OMG I so so know what you are talking about! I too had postpartum depression and it is not the same as environmentally induced or exacerbated depression. I call it a chemical depression and yes, it feels like it comes out of nowhere, and isn't in sink with what one is thinking. I tried talking about that with various professionals and no, by and large, they don't get it

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Posted by @roxie43, Jun 3, 2012

I hope you're okay ...

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