I'm not exactly sure what depression is, but I'm wondering if it might be my problem. Everything in my life is going great, and yet I'm sad all the time. I always feel like I'm 2 seconds from tears and the littlest thing will make me cry. I cry myself to sleep a couple times a week. I'm finding myself spending more and more time alone, chosing to sit in front of the tv instead of go out with friends or family. Some days, all I want to do is sleep, and I do. Other days, I want to sleep but I can't. What do you think?
Who do I go to for help? Can I just make an appointment with my family doctor? Or do I have to see a pyschologist or something?
hey mel23...i'm def not a doctor--far from it,but it sounds familiar! you don't hae to go see a psychiatrist--i'd just go to your doc and tell him/her how you're feeling. they'll prolly refer you to a psyc...
i know exactly how you're feeling, as i'm sure everyone else on this board does too!
Start with your family doctor & see what he says. He may decide to treat you or refer you to a specialist. Also, you can do a search on the net for depression symptoms. It does sound like you have some of them from what you've written & also when you lost interest in life for no reason, that is a big clue that depression is probably the cause.
I agree that the family doctor is the place to start. For one thing, he knows yo and your midecal history. If he doesn't know much about depression, he shoudl refer you to someone who does. But if if he says it's "nothing," go to a counselor.
Choose the devil you don't know.
I was treated for depression for years by my family physician before I ended up seeing a psychiatrist and a psychologist. I would recommend that you first try your family physician. Print out what you wrote here and try keeping a daily chart of your feelings before you go into the doctor so he/she can see what your moods are like just before they see you. If you doctor doesn't feel comfortable prescribing medication for depression, I am sure they will recommend a good psychatrist for you.
~Let each new day provide you another reason for tomorrow~