The Thread About Depression (Serious)

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The Thread About Depression (Serious)

Postby Sea Of Tunes » 14 Feb 2004, 13:13

I wanted to post something about this for some weeks now. It's a disease that people usually have trouble talking about, but well, let's go...
Last August I was diagnosed as suffering from severe clinical depression, combined with OCD (in the 'must check' sense of the term). I was put on medication, and I had to deal with four very difficult months in getting used to the drugs - but they are working well now, and I will have to use them for quite a while. Due to the disease I could not do a number of things I wanted to do, it's a bit hard to explain but you may trust me on this. I did not want to make a point of it on this board in the first three months of medication, as I really enjoyed posting here, all of you helped me in posting, answering threads etc. Now the time feels right to make a comment on it. And thank you.
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Postby Kenji » 14 Feb 2004, 13:16

I'm sure you will be OK very soon Sea Of Tunes - good luck...

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Postby dgs » 14 Feb 2004, 13:21

We have a close friend who suffers from depression and for a 4 month period she stayed with us. Whilst I cannot understand your feelings I can relate it to what we saw and helped our friend through.

Just want to therefore say hang in there and you are in our thoughts. It is a terrible thing depression but I am sure your strength of character and determination will help you through what is a difficult time for you.

Best Wishes.
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Postby Jumper k » 14 Feb 2004, 13:21

I see a lot of people in my job who have suffered or who are suffering from various degrees of depression and the effects of not getting some help with the problem. I deal on a daily basis with people - young and old - who are on the verge of and, in some cases, who have already done things to themselves and others that would have been completely avoidable with the right help.
It takes a large degree of courage to recognise you have a problem and even more to do something about it. I'm glad that you are feeling better and hope that continues to be so.

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Postby Sambient » 14 Feb 2004, 13:32

I've just gone back on medication myself. Those who have been there understand, the medication isn't so much to bliss you out (though that would be a nice experience) as it is to get some of those mental synapses to fire more correctly. To help the mind not go for the worst route when thinking about all the overwhelming shit we go through.
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Postby sensi » 14 Feb 2004, 13:42

You have made the first step on the road to recovery.

You have made yourself aware that you had a problem and by doing that you have begun to heal yourself!

You can't do this alone because you don't know how and you need help but you were in control enough to see that and that took great courage....to place yourself in the hands of others and admit you need help is not an easy thing to do...well done!

You are always in control (even if you don't feel you are) look at how you have taken control to write this post today and admit to us your problem?...you are very brave and I wish you a speedy recovery! :)

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Postby Sea Of Tunes » 14 Feb 2004, 13:42

Sambient wrote:I've just gone back on medication myself. Those who have been there understand, the medication isn't so much to bliss you out (though that would be a nice experience) as it is to get some of those mental synapses to fire more correctly. To help the mind not go for the worst route when thinking about all the overwhelming shit we go through.
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Thanks to all, and: I will dedicate my final report in my biology studies to exactly this imbalance in neurotransmitter levels. The medication indeed is not aiming at making you 'high' or something, it helps to restore serotonin levels in that it inhibits the reuptake of this messenger.
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Postby Poppypoobah » 14 Feb 2004, 13:48

I've had serious bouts of depression off an on during my adulthood. Obviously I've been on medication for the past couple of years and going to a therapist who is great.

My husband got depressed after we closed our business in 2000 and refused to get help. He seems to have an addiction to porn that has wrecked his life and harmed me. I think that was his outlet for the depression. It's a shame, and I can't help wondering what would have happened had he gotten help when I first started pleading with him to do so.

I'm glad you are getting help, when you're in the throes of depression alot of times your instinct is to pull away from others and you've kept yourself from doing that. It's a big step to discuss this with others too. You have my support and if you ever need to talk I'm only a pm away.

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Postby The Slider » 14 Feb 2004, 13:50

I'm glad you are getting a handle on it, SoT.
Good luck with that.

The Erstwhile Mrs The Slider suffered quite appallingly with congenital clinical depresion (where the brain wasn't producing the right balance of hormones or something). Alas, she kept going off her medication - which wasn't of the prozacy variety, but was some sort of hormonal thing to correct her imbalances - and as a result kept getting these awful periods of bleak misery.
In the end it resulted in her becoming erstwhile. And all because she so stubbornly refused to take her nedication.
I'm not sure what the point of this was but, take your medication and I'm sure you will come through it.
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Postby Poppypoobah » 14 Feb 2004, 13:57

The Slider wrote:I'm glad you are getting a handle on it, SoT.
Good luck with that.

The Erstwhile Mrs The Slider suffered quite appallingly with congenital clinical depresion (where the brain wasn't producing the right balance of hormones or something). Alas, she kept going off her medication - which wasn't of the prozacy variety, but was some sort of hormonal thing to correct her imbalances - and as a result kept getting these awful periods of bleak misery.
In the end it resulted in her becoming erstwhile. And all because she so stubbornly refused to take her nedication.
I'm not sure what the point of this was but, take your medication and I'm sure you will come through it.
I have a friend who does that too. You feel like you're handling things fine and go off and before you know it you're back in the hospitol in the locked ward.... or at least my friend was.
Stay on the meds until your doctor says you're ready to wean yourself off.

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Postby Piggly Wiggly » 14 Feb 2004, 14:06

The issue of meds is seldom cut and dry.

What works for one person might not work for another.

Some folks get lucky and find success with the first med they are prescribed. Others go through a series of meds, some of which only appear to cause side effects, and go through a great deal of trial and error in an efort to get depression under control.

Probably the biggest no-no of all is self medication.

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Re: The Thread About Depression (Serious)

Postby Phil T » 14 Feb 2004, 14:13

The Sea Of Tunes wrote:I wanted to post something about this for some weeks now. It's a disease that people usually have trouble talking about, but well, let's go...
Last August I was diagnosed as suffering from severe clinical depression, combined with OCD (in the 'must check' sense of the term). I was put on medication, and I had to deal with four very difficult months in getting used to the drugs - but they are working well now, and I will have to use them for quite a while. Due to the disease I could not do a number of things I wanted to do, it's a bit hard to explain but you may trust me on this. I did not want to make a point of it on this board in the first three months of medication, as I really enjoyed posting here, all of you helped me in posting, answering threads etc. Now the time feels right to make a comment on it. And thank you.


What can you say except good luck Mr. Tunes and I hope you get it under control without too much trouble.

Some peoples attitude towards clinical depression is just feckin' unbelievable, even in these supposed enlightened times.
Many MORONS think it is just a case of telling people to "PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER!!!". It isn't . Depression is as much an organic medical condition as a broken leg or Multiple Schlerosis. Would you tell a heart attack victim to "PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER!!" No, of course not.

But some twats are wilfully ignorant.
As say, all the best.

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Re: The Thread About Depression (Serious)

Postby Sea Of Tunes » 14 Feb 2004, 14:19

Tonner wrote:
The Sea Of Tunes wrote:I wanted to post something about this for some weeks now. It's a disease that people usually have trouble talking about, but well, let's go...
Last August I was diagnosed as suffering from severe clinical depression, combined with OCD (in the 'must check' sense of the term). I was put on medication, and I had to deal with four very difficult months in getting used to the drugs - but they are working well now, and I will have to use them for quite a while. Due to the disease I could not do a number of things I wanted to do, it's a bit hard to explain but you may trust me on this. I did not want to make a point of it on this board in the first three months of medication, as I really enjoyed posting here, all of you helped me in posting, answering threads etc. Now the time feels right to make a comment on it. And thank you.


What can you say except good luck Mr. Tunes and I hope you get it under control without too much trouble.

Some peoples attitude towards clinical depression is just feckin' unbelievable, even in these supposed enlightened times.
Many MORONS think it is just a case of telling people to "PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER!!!". It isn't . Depression is as much an organic medical condition as a broken leg or Multiple Schlerosis. Would you tell a heart attack victim to "PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER!!" No, of course not.

But some twats are wilfully ignorant.
As say, all the best.


thanks, and I agree...you wouldn't believe what I have heard over the past years in this vein. I have a dark suspicion that quite a lot of people with treatable depression are truly pushed to (or past) the limit by their fellow 'citizens'.
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Re: The Thread About Depression (Serious)

Postby Phil T » 14 Feb 2004, 14:26

The Sea Of Tunes wrote:
Tonner wrote:
The Sea Of Tunes wrote:I wanted to post something about this for some weeks now. It's a disease that people usually have trouble talking about, but well, let's go...
Last August I was diagnosed as suffering from severe clinical depression, combined with OCD (in the 'must check' sense of the term). I was put on medication, and I had to deal with four very difficult months in getting used to the drugs - but they are working well now, and I will have to use them for quite a while. Due to the disease I could not do a number of things I wanted to do, it's a bit hard to explain but you may trust me on this. I did not want to make a point of it on this board in the first three months of medication, as I really enjoyed posting here, all of you helped me in posting, answering threads etc. Now the time feels right to make a comment on it. And thank you.


What can you say except good luck Mr. Tunes and I hope you get it under control without too much trouble.

Some peoples attitude towards clinical depression is just feckin' unbelievable, even in these supposed enlightened times.
Many MORONS think it is just a case of telling people to "PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER!!!". It isn't . Depression is as much an organic medical condition as a broken leg or Multiple Schlerosis. Would you tell a heart attack victim to "PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER!!" No, of course not.

But some twats are wilfully ignorant.
As say, all the best.


thanks, and I agree...you wouldn't believe what I have heard over the past years in this vein. I have a dark suspicion that quite a lot of people with treatable depression are truly pushed to (or past) the limit by their fellow 'citizens'.


Oh I would, believe me. The depths of crassness that the stupid, the uninformed and the loud-mouthed can sink to ceased to suprise me years ago.
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Postby Gater » 14 Feb 2004, 14:28

My brother in law suffers from depression, along with his two brothers. He still hasn't found the right combination of medication, but my sister says he's getting close. Good luck with yours
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Postby The Midnight Special » 14 Feb 2004, 14:28

I'm glad to read that things are looking up for you Sea of Tunes, and I sincerely hope they continue to.

The incidence of clinical depression, in my experience at least, is alarming. My mum, her brothers and three of her sisters take constant medication to control it (2 of my aunties and my uncle have all been sectioned under the mental health act during the last year.) My 19 year old god-daughter, my sister in law, her mum and her dad are in the same boat. Also my ex missus (last I heard she was getting treatment) and her mother too.

My job for the past 5 years has brought me into direct contact with scores of people with mental illnesses but it's still virtually impossible for me to imagine what it's like to suffer directly from it.

I think one of the most important things for the sufferer is to have support from a partner or other very close family member. The 3 relatives who were recently sectioned were all divorced or widowed, and I feel that if they'd had spouses in their lives, the spouses would have spotted the regression in them and they wouldn't have spiralled out of control as they did.

I recently used the word "mental" inappropriately in one of my posts and I really should have known better. I feel really bad now so I'll remove it. Sorry if I've offended anyone by it.
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Postby slightbreeze » 14 Feb 2004, 14:41

The mother in law, who lives with us since widowed 2 years+, was diagnosed over 20 years ago with deep rooted black depression and is also borderline schizophrenic. She has suffered for years and has refused medication from the GP. She is a sick woman, health wise as well, never wanted children and has shown no love at all for Mrs. Slightbreeze, who shows no sympathy for her. I understand a little better due to some of the people I work with in the day centre and courses about Mental Health I have attended. However, it is a very difficult household situation, but I'm sure would improve if the mum in law (who is 83) had accepted that she had an mental illness in the first place and been on some medication. She worries ( over nothing, I may add ), becomes anxious, becomes depressed because of the anxiety and the circle continues.

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Postby The Midnight Special » 14 Feb 2004, 14:57

Jimbo wrote:And like everyone has said so far, these mental problems are like colds; sooner or later they pass and you're well.


No, they're not, Jimbo. They need careful treatment and self awareness to control them as much as possible. And that isn't always enough to stop them coming back again at any time.
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