How did you discover you were depressed?

Australia
June 16, 2008 3:39pm CST
This might be a stupid question, I don't know, but i'm interested to know how others discovered they had depression and how it was diagnosed. For me, it happened at a routine doctor's appointment. I was having a pretty stressful day at work and had to duck out of work to go & see the doctor. I guess she must've noticed something wasn't quite right with me and she just asked me if I felt depressed. Surprisingly, I burst into tears and said yes. I was put on antidepressants immediately and referred to a psychologist for assessment and testing. The diagnosis was severe clinical depression. How did you discover what you had?
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@anex08 (868)
• Philippines
17 Jun 08
I am undergoing depression stage at this period, I think that was started last month and I was able to discover that I am depressed because I do not enjoy those things that makes me feel alive and great. I have a horrible feeling everyday that I dont want to move and continue the life I have. i just want to be alone and even watching my favorite show would not energize me that use to help when I am stress out. Depression may never become absolute unless we admit it and help ourselves to deal with it with or without the help of a professional. For now, I know I am under depression and first and foremost it's our family that will understand us in this particular situation. Love and understanding may help a lot and also love and understanding coming from ourselves to help us accept and cope with depression. Do not forget to pray... I do always and it helps me feeling better.
• Australia
15 Jul 08
It certainly helps to have an understanding and caring family anex08. You are lucky that you have one. Thanks for your great response ;)
@ayrin03 (318)
• Philippines
17 Jun 08
when i'm depressed, i used to clean everything in and out of the house.. I keep myself busy and i don't know why. Sometimes i just lie on the bed all day. That's it.
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• Australia
15 Jul 08
I wish I could do that ayrin - clean everything! Unfortunately cleaning is not an enjoyable thing for me as it reminds me of my mother who was always in a bad mood when she was cleaning. Thanks for your response ;)
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I was depressed a lot.I was pretty sure i had something wrong because i had really bad mood swings...I would have a good day and then some little thing could happen and i turned into having a dark mood..I was always on edge and pretty high strung...Then i would get into a place that i did not want to do anything,nothing seemed fun,life was just dull and i hated it..I would cry alot for no reason...I would see a doctor and he would give me valium,which is a nerve pill and a downer,and it did not help.Then the doctor tried harmones,and that did not help...I finally went to a doctor that put me on an antidpression and my life changed for the better.I have been on medication for about 10 years and no more mood swings or depression.I love life and enjoy just being with me,i do not need to search for happiness...I wish i had been treated years ago,when my children were growing up..I remember screaming some and was moody alot...Its awful to be depressed and do not get any help....
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• Australia
15 Jul 08
Hello there mate! It is terrible when life's not fun and you don't know why. I'm so glad that medication turned your life around and for the better too. Same with me - i'm a different person now, than what I was years ago before the pills. Still have good days and bad days and am scared of weird things like petrol stations, but on the whole, heaps better. Thank you so very much for your great response ;)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I've been going through a personal issue for all of my life. When I was six I started developing 'odd' behavior, or so my family thought. By the time I was nine I had already begun to hurt myself physically in a lot of ways, but no one in my family knows this. When I was thirteen I had become so against going to school because people were making me angry. And I was put on two types of meds by the time I was fifteen. That was when I was diagnosed.
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• Australia
15 Jul 08
Hi there - yes kids can be very cruel i've found. I too had a terrible time at school from a group of girls in the year above me. After i'd left school I saw one of them at party and I asked her why she'd bullied me so much at school. I was amazed and dumbfounded when she told me why. "Because it was fun" she said. Well what goes around comes around I say. I hope you are feeling happier on the medication and thanks for your response ;)
• Canada
16 Jun 08
I know I've had severe depression and anxiety since I was about 12. I never did anything about it though. This past November I had a really bad nervous breakdown and nearly ended up in the hospital. I was sent to a therapist and she confirmed what I already knew. My doctor then put me on antidepressants and antianxiety meds. The end.
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• Australia
15 Jul 08
Hi Pixelpixie - I hope it's not The End! I too have had severe depression since I was a child - but depression was unheard of as an illness then. I see a Psychiatrist once a month and I find that really helps me. Thank goodness you didn't end up in hospital, it's not very pleasant. Thanks for your response ;)
16 Jun 08
The night before, after I had brushed my teeth, strange pangs of guilt over stupid things that happened years before, that affected my ability to stand upright. That morning, I began to think why that happened, and realised it depression. I saw that this was why I had become a virtual mute over previous months. That was five years ago, and I continued like that, finding it difficult to even say my name, until I was diagnosed last september.
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• Australia
15 Jul 08
Zeppelin - it sounds like you have had a really hard time of it. I try to forget all the stupid things i've done in the past, and believe me there's some weird things i've done! I hope you're getting on OK now. Thank you so much for your response ;)
• United States
16 Jun 08
I discovered I was depressed when It took everything I had to get out of bed. I would have stayed in bed for days if my kids would have let me. I was irritated easily and annoyed. I did not feel like going any where. I went to the doctor as you and told her I couldn't stand the way I was acting. Now when I feel depressed I try and look at the bight side. The doctor told me there are alot of people on anti depression pills and not to be so hard on myself.
• Australia
15 Jul 08
Hi honeydew - I still find it hard to get out of bed these days! It's good that you try and look on the bright side of things when you feel down. Your doctor made a very good point - not to be so hard on yourself. I think all of us who are suffering from depression should be nice to ourselves! Thank you so much for your response ;)
@sparkster (181)
17 Jun 08
I guess for me it was the realization that things in my life had become so bad that I was at the point where I just didn't want to bother any more, I stopped caring about everything, I lost all my self esteem and nothing in my life beared any importance any more. I didn't actually realize this until it was pointed out to me by my family and friends and they talked me into going to the doctor - that's the horrible thing about depression.
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• Australia
15 Jul 08
Hi there sparkster - that sounds all too familiar to me. I still have self-esteem issues but i'm better than I was. It was lucky that your family and friends noticed something was amiss and urged you to go to the doctor. Sometimes, people are too wrapped up in their own lives to notice what is happening to loved ones around them. I do hope you are getting better. Thank you so much for your great response ;)
@subha12 (18463)
• India
17 Jun 08
it is clear when you feel nothing is going correct for you. also you can think that the whole world, all happening are against you. you seem to feel tired of all. it may seem you can never be successful whatever you do.
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• Australia
15 Jul 08
I agree subha, but trying to have a positive attitude when everything else is falling in a heap around you does help, even though it is hard to achieve! lol Thanks so much for your response ;)
@besthope44 (12146)
• India
9 Oct 10
Most time, its my work..with ontime deliveries and work loads. I try to divert mind on music and i feel better.