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Re: ITS BACK AGAIN, PLEASE HELP ME

Re: ITS BACK AGAIN, PLEASE HELP ME

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Posted by Kathrin on August 21, 2000 at 19:24:53:

In Reply to: Re: ITS BACK AGAIN, PLEASE HELP ME posted by Kristina on August 21, 2000 at 17:22:27:

Kristina -
you say the depression was brought on by "nothing", and this shows all the more that it is
very probably biological, I mean coming for an imbalance of brain chemicals in the brain, and
can be treated with antidepressants. You say yourself you have read about them, and it makes
sense to you.
There is no such thing as "you have no reason to be depressed". A happy life does not prevent
depression, it can hit anybody, just as any illness can. It is very sad that you feel your
parents will see you as a spoiled brat if you tell them about your depression. You know what is
"funny" my parents have called me a hypocondriac too - when I was about your age I was
always afraid I had a disease (belly hurt, so I thought it was appendicitis, or my heart hurt etc)
or that I might have been poisoned (just because I touched some chemical, for example). I
drove my parents nuts I guess, sometimes waking them up in the middle of the night with
some weird fear... during that time I had also problems with my classmates, they told me I was
"different" but they wouldn't tell me why (they didn't know, I heard later, thay just needed
somebody to pick on.
I was born in Europe (Switzerland) and what led me here to the US is a long story full of ups
and downs too. I had anorexia when I was 18, and then for a while I was really depressed,
feeling VERY empty and not motivated and all that, but then suddenly I had a new dream (to
go to the US) and ended up in San Francisco (could not have IMAGINED that during the "dark"
years), and now I got a scholarship to study here (psychology, of all things)... oh I have seen
a therapist before, and I think I have had some obsessive-compulsive disorder too (checking things
compulsively to make sure everything's safe, that kind of thing).

I think it would be very unwise of your father to not let you take an antidepressant. Depression
is a serious disease.
There ARE herbal remedies that are available at drugstores, but they are mostly for lighter
depressions, but it might be better than nothing, maybe you can ask there...

Anyway I'm always glad to hear from you. If this thread gets too far down on the message
board, start a new one.
By the way I also cannot check the board all through the day, but for other reasons than
you, I don't have internet access at home. But most days I check it several times a day
so you can expect me to write back pretty fast!! (Like now)
Kathrin


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