Re: Getting diagnosed for depression
Hi Sweet Temptation,
I am new to Healthboards and have just been scrolling over your entry on depression diagnosis and some of the interesting replies you have recieved. I have been plagued with depression for about 5 years now and have become quite good at recognising changes in my thought processes and behaviour patterns that warn me of a need to take action. I would not recommend that you leave unresolved feelings of low mood, tearfullness, changes in your sleep pattern or feelings of isolation or low self-worth. However, you really must keep this in context to your true situation as I believe there is an over-tendency to medicate in transient short-term mood change. I realise you are away from home and wonder what your present support network is like? We all need someone to talk to, who understands us, it gives us a sense of belonging. I think it is a good idea to seek out your Doctors advice on return to the US but also seek out the support of your friends and family. If you feel you have issues that maybe related to your childhood ask your doctor to refer you to a good Cognitive Behavioural Therapist as in my experience anti-depressants alone will not stop further episodes of depression in the future. I have had 3 episodes of depressive illness and have been medicated with Paroxetine (SSRI) x 2 and more recently, Venlafaxine XL (SNRI). I have recently stopped this latter drug and must admit to feeling quite ill, but I expected that. One final thing, have a long honest look at your alcohol drinking habits, I am very aware of the negative effects that alcohol has on me, either medicated or not, it basically destroys neurotransmitters and leaves me running at 50% for days afterwards.
I hope some of this is of use to you, best of luck