Dealing with severe depression, sadness.

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Dealing with depression

Depression what is it? Depression is a disease. Depression dates as far back , and is talked about in the bible. The bible has King David and Job of having depression.

When you suffer from depression, people think you can get up and be happy. Depression is not like that. You can't make it go away without some sort of treatment.

It's very hard for someone who doesn't suffer from depression to understand it. We are making great strides in treating the symptoms. There is no cure for depression.Depression is one of if not the highest on disability. It's estimated 17% of our country will suffer from some form of depression. Another 19 million of people in this country will suffer from severe depression.

Depression is more common in women than men.

Symptoms of depression are :

Feelings of dispair

Fatigue

Poor hygeine

Unable to do even simple things

Insomnia

Difficulty focusing or concentrate

Memory loss

No longer enjoy the activities you did before

Thoughts of suicide

Suicide attempts

Decrease in sex life

weight gain and loss

Feel like a burden to others

Agoraphobia

Headache Depression can be triggered by chronic pain. That can bring on depression and /or. Panic -anxiety- stress- disorder. In this writers experience,I have both. This is my life. I am in treatment now and am doing much better.

Treatments include :

Anxiety medications

Talking to a physciatrist

Antidepressants

Meditation

Group therapy

Get a pet, Animals have been known to be theraputic. Petting an animal is relaxing.

Support from friends and family

Set one goal a day, even if it for example, taking a shower that day. Clean a bathroom. (my house is kept clean.My back is so bad.) I can do things as long as it doesn't hurt to stand very long. I have alot of help here Thankfully.


Depression is a very hard disease to live with. Especially if you have chronic pain with it. Depression most people don't see as sick. With treatment sufferers can manage a semi kind of normal life.Depression left untreated could result in suicide or suicide attempts.

Some people don't even know they are depressed, until it's too late and your depression has progressed to a point where you can't function daily.

If you're depressed or think you are.Please talk to your doctor and discuss which of the above treatments for you to try. Please get help.

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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon Author

OMG! I just want to give you a big hug and tell you it's all gonna be okay.

First hon See a dr obviously you need a different or lesser amount of the anti depressant you are taking as it can have reactions JUST LIKE YOU ARE HAVING. As for what happened to you as a child,I wish I could fix that,(i was raped by what I thought was a friend in my teens.I was terrified to tell anyone. So I CAN understand that to some degree,yours was way worse.You were suppossed to be protected at that age by your parents. I found see a therapist/physciatrist helps me with that. It really helps,I had been carrying this around for years knowing my mom wouldnever believe me if I did tell.My phsciatrist did believe me,opening the door to talk about it and get some healing advice and different way of still being a victim or thinking I caused it. You can usually find free mental health in your community. i got mine thru private hmo service I have to pay for.We needed our son to covered so we bought the family plan.There IS HELP out there.

You aren't in denial, you openly admitted it angers you. Please try to think of your family as a good thing,people that surround you LOVE YOU. I truly thought m,y life sucked so bad I wanted to kill myself,my oldest child attacked me and openly said she wants me dead and she would LOVE to kill me.BY all accounts my entire family will tell you I never hit or abused those two in anyway yet they hate me. Don't hate yourself for having the same conditions millions of people have, You are crying out for help.Your mother was a wreck and should have never had a child.The things you went thru as a child are not your fault and neither is your depression. Please see a dr and get on some medication.I was on some that sent me into rages and I almost in a burst of anger ran him over with my car.It turned out I was having alot of the feelings you are having but then they tweeked my antidepressant and I'm not going to lie and say I don't have bad days,but they are fewer and I am doing alot better. please don't push away the people that love you.Take one that you can trust and discuss this with them,then you won't feel so alone.Don't be ashamed people care.I don't even know you but I care .Please go to a dr seek help that works for you.Above all don't give up. you don't have to tell family members about your abuse but you do need a therapist. Instead of being angry try joining in activities and you might find out it's really not so bad,that you DESERVE to be happy. It could be bcompounded by post partum depression since your baby is 2. I'm no dr. but you sound like me to a T! I urge you to get medical help, never give up ,that you can be happy too. Therapy helps you see the world brighter and the antidepressants help the chemical imbalance we all have.Please as someone who cares , don't stop trying to seek help. Some of us care what happens to you,even if they don't know you. I will pray for you and I'm here if you want to talk. Facebook your name to my facebook page and we can write privately too.


openmyeyes 4 years ago

I've had depression for over 10 years starting at age 15. I didn't get help until my son was born 2 years ago. I got off the meds b/c they made me numb and just gave me the feeling of knowing my life sucks but not caring that it did. I am now not on meds, but I am horribly sad, angry, and seeing happy people angers me. I'm in so much denial of my sickness. I hate myself for having it. I'm ashamed of myself. I have 2 beautiful kids, but feel as if I don't desearve to have them. I hide my sickness from them and everyone around me. I'm afraid to be close to anyone, but I'm afraid to be alone. I push family and friends away from me. I went through something starting at age 8 until I was 15 that no child should ever have to go through. (sexual abuse) From the age of 2-6 I was in a custody battle that went really bad and at age 3 my real mother tried to get me to smoke meth with her and a group of friends. I've been through so much and I'm now going through divorce and fighting for my kids. I've gone into debt. I'm so overwhelmed and scared.


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon Author

Thankyou my friend, going back to bed.I just feel awful.Thanks for the prayers.


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time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

I'm glad to hear you are over the flu; I hope your back feels better soon. I am lifting up prayers for you, Rusti!


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon Author

I visit your page almost daily .I just don't always have time to read,but I do when I can.My back hurts really bad, so I've been in bed wit that and the flu.Better today just the back.hugs


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time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

Thank you, Rusti! If you ever need someone to talk to, I'm here for you as well so feel free to message me at any time. Blessings!


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon Author

Sadly for most people like us it is a life long problem.It's so easy to go to the dark side as I define my depression.Thankyou so much! You get better and if you ever feel down write me , I'm here for ya!


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time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

Thank you, Rusti, for sharing your own experiences with depression with us and for addressing a subject that afflicts so many of us but so few understand. I have been under treatment myself for over 23 years now and on medications for almost 22 years. Some days I do very well, but most days are a struggle just to face much less get through. I'm glad you have a supportive spouse; that is very important! I have found the support of my medical staff, the love and support of family and friends as well as my church, along with meds make it more manageable. I don't think many people realize just how crippling or dangerous depression/anxiety can be. Thank you for your awesome hub!

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