Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Seven Posers Posing » Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:22 pm

Guys, I need help.

I've been on a bit of a spiral for a few months now and hit an all-time low at the weekend. Found myself reading the Samaritans' website in tears on Sunday. I've always tried to deal with my problems myself, but clearly need to speak to someone.

Is a GP the usual first step? I almost need someone to drive me there. Got a lump in my throat just thinking about making the call. Could do without blubbing at my doc.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Tomous » Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:37 pm

Poser wrote:Guys, I need help.

I've been on a bit of a spiral for a few months now and hit an all-time low at the weekend. Found myself reading the Samaritans' website in tears on Sunday. I've always tried to deal with my problems myself, but clearly need to speak to someone.

Is a GP the usual first step? I almost need someone to drive me there. Got a lump in my throat just thinking about making the call. Could do without blubbing at my doc.

strawberry float.


Get yourself to your GP man. There's never any shame in asking for help when you need it.

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PostRe: RE: Re: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by shadow202 » Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:45 pm

Poser wrote:Guys, I need help.

I've been on a bit of a spiral for a few months now and hit an all-time low at the weekend. Found myself reading the Samaritans' website in tears on Sunday. I've always tried to deal with my problems myself, but clearly need to speak to someone.

Is a GP the usual first step? I almost need someone to drive me there. Got a lump in my throat just thinking about making the call. Could do without blubbing at my doc.

strawberry float.
Speak to your doctor and get an app sorted ASAP or if you really need to contact lifeline or something and they can support/help you until you get an app with your doctor.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Karl » Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:53 pm

Poser wrote:Guys, I need help.

I've been on a bit of a spiral for a few months now and hit an all-time low at the weekend. Found myself reading the Samaritans' website in tears on Sunday. I've always tried to deal with my problems myself, but clearly need to speak to someone.

Is a GP the usual first step? I almost need someone to drive me there. Got a lump in my throat just thinking about making the call. Could do without blubbing at my doc.

strawberry float.

I have a lot of respect for you, it's not easy to admit to yourself and to us that you need to reach out and get some help. You've taken a huge step already. When you realise you're struggling it's common to feel overwhelmed, anxious, maybe even ashamed -- I certainly did. But there's absolutely nothing to be scared or ashamed of. Your next step is to call your doctors office, or a mental health helpline (who can help you get an appointment). You can do it.

Keep us updated, we're here for you.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by jawafour » Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:16 pm

Poser wrote:...I've been on a bit of a spiral for a few months now and hit an all-time low at the weekend...

Poser, man, I'm sorry to hear that you've been struggling. I'd support the advice of the guys that have posted and say it would be worth booking an appointment to see your doctor. I see that as being a good first step towards seeking support for that situation.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Octoroc » Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:15 pm

Poser wrote:Is a GP the usual first step? I almost need someone to drive me there. Got a lump in my throat just thinking about making the call. Could do without blubbing at my doc.


I ended up being sent to my GP by my wife's therapist. I knew/thought I was depressed, but it felt selfish to think that- like it's just a pathetic excuse for being such a hopeless, useless human being. Of course you only think that because you're depressed. Depression is very good at protecting itself. It is a totally evil bastard.

Please go and see your doctor. You might not need medication, but personally speaking there's a good chance Citalopram saved my life.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Seven Posers Posing » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:40 am

Thanks for the posts everyone. It felt daft to need to get lots of people to tell me what I clearly already knew, but your input and support helped a lot.

I've got a GP appointment for Thursday afternoon, so will let you know how it goes.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Rudolphin » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:46 am

Poser wrote:Thanks for the posts everyone. It felt daft to need to get lots of people to tell me what I clearly already knew, but your input and support helped a lot.

I've got a GP appointment for Thursday afternoon, so will let you know how it goes.


Booking that first appointment is a huge step. 'Congratulations' sounds inappropriately trite in the circumstances but still...well done.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by False » Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:01 pm

GP is first port of call, don’t worry about manning up or putting a brave face on it. Be honest to yourself and to them and they can put you on the path to the treatment you want.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Seven Posers Posing » Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:31 am

Saw GP last week. Just about managed to avoid crying, but it was close. Seeing him helped a little, as if I was taking control a bit.

I've decided to stick to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for the time being, and have just filled out the self-referral form this morning.

He said to give it a few weeks after the therapy started, and if I wasn't feeling different, to go back with a view to considering medication.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by No:1 Final Fantasy Fan » Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:36 pm

Hope you feel better soon. Do you know what the cause of this depression is or does depression just come and go without reason sometimes?

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Saigon Slick » Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:01 pm

The latter.

I've found I can realise when I'm about to go down the hole for a few weeks or however long but given that I have absolutely no way of stopping this from happening it really doesn't help. :lol:

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Seven Posers Posing » Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:40 pm

No:1 Final Fantasy Fan wrote:Hope you feel better soon. Do you know what the cause of this depression is or does depression just come and go without reason sometimes?


Thanks.

Alcohol can cause me to be really low, so I rarely drink very much any more. One or two pints is fine, but any more will set me right back. Most the time it just comes and goes. It seems to be linked to me spending too much time thinking about stuff in a non-productive way - getting wound up about stuff that I never used to, or whatever. I'm mega defensive when challenged or questioned about stuff, too, which isn't good in a client-facing industry (marketing).

It's killing my creativity and focus at work, and it's making a real dick to live with, too.

I'm hoping talking therapy will work. I've said I can't do the group sessions, mainly because they are long courses that take place every week, and I can't shape work around that, sadly. So it'll be one-on-one stuff.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by jawafour » Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:46 pm

Poser wrote:Saw GP last week...

That's great, Poser; you took a big step to make that happen. I hope the behavioural management approach helps, man.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Green Gecko » Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:46 pm

Your strategy seems sound. If therapy does not help, medicating also with anti-depressants certainly should help some measurable amount, at the very least. You'll confirm that by filling out the DSM-IV diagnosis over about 4-6 weeks. So don't expect anything to improve immediately, it really is about baby steps, and identifying small improvements - even if the improvements are largely psychological that's, well, kind of the point. So don't worry about placebos or anything like that. And also don't forget that your personal and occupational circumstances can and will massively effect your mental state - and that's OK. You need to assess how you are feeling/behaving in different situations and learn to work out those situations, without over-analysing it. And please, if the therapist suggests a change, at least try it - speaking as someone who rarely did and end up having to make massive changes.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by No:1 Final Fantasy Fan » Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:04 pm

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No:1 Final Fantasy Fan wrote:Hope you feel better soon. Do you know what the cause of this depression is or does depression just come and go without reason sometimes?


Thanks.

Alcohol can cause me to be really low, so I rarely drink very much any more. One or two pints is fine, but any more will set me right back. Most the time it just comes and goes. It seems to be linked to me spending too much time thinking about stuff in a non-productive way - getting wound up about stuff that I never used to, or whatever. I'm mega defensive when challenged or questioned about stuff, too, which isn't good in a client-facing industry (marketing).

It's killing my creativity and focus at work, and it's making a real dick to live with, too.

I'm hoping talking therapy will work. I've said I can't do the group sessions, mainly because they are long courses that take place every week, and I can't shape work around that, sadly. So it'll be one-on-one stuff.


That is interesting! Thanks for sharing. I do feel for you having to face up to work still when you are feeling depressed. But I'm sure it does you good as it gets you out the house and keeps your brain functioning on normal stuff.

yes hope the talking therapy works, I'm sure it will help even if its just a little bit. So you are going in the right direction to fix this.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Seven Posers Posing » Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:34 pm

Green Gecko wrote:Your strategy seems sound. If therapy does not help, medicating also with anti-depressants certainly should help some measurable amount, at the very least. You'll confirm that by filling out the DSM-IV diagnosis over about 4-6 weeks. So don't expect anything to improve immediately, it really is about baby steps, and identifying small improvements - even if the improvements are largely psychological that's, well, kind of the point. So don't worry about placebos or anything like that. And also don't forget that your personal and occupational circumstances can and will massively effect your mental state - and that's OK. You need to assess how you are feeling/behaving in different situations and learn to work out those situations, without over-analysing it. And please, if the therapist suggests a change, at least try it - speaking as someone who rarely did and end up having to make massive changes.


Sound advice. Thanks.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Green Gecko » Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:57 pm

I just self-referred for therapy as I have been thinking some bad things, so I'm back in the club (not that I ever left).

Beside that a mole is annoying me on my head that's possibly skin cancer, hooray for aging.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Rocsteady » Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:08 pm

Had such a heavy weekend. I’ve been non stop lately with work, gym, moving country and meeting women that I haven’t given myself 5 minutes to stop and think about anything. Thought it would be nice to have yesterday and today to myself but by the evening yesterday was climbing the walls. Felt very alone and trapped in my head. Hopefully out on another date tonight to help distract and clear my head. Always thought I was very adept at being by myself but lately, despite being an introvert, I definitely think people help.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by gamerforever » Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:37 pm

Being around people definitely helps in the long term, its just in the short term you just don’t want to be around people. I decided not to take citalopram anymore - the increase in appetite, the weight gain and the lack of focus whilst working was just too much.

The CBT group therapy gave us a few ideas and its all about keeping to a routine, which includes a lot of exercise, so will give it a go. This is a pain.


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