Depression taking too long, or not?

Netherlands
June 30, 2011 3:36am CST
Hello my fellow mylotters, Should be starting with, this friend of mine... But it is about me so who am I kidding? I wanted to ask you and please be honest but kind, how long will it take to recover from a severe depression. I guess this depends on treatment and all? Medication, therapy with psychiatrist and group therapy are the steps I have taken and I am still doing this. It is now 8 months since I first got help and I am wondering how long this will take normally. Anybody had a depression and want to share how long it took for them to be able to get to work again? I cant go now because I am afraid to even go on the street by myself (is this a normal side-effect of depression?). Well a lot of questions, hope anybody can fill out these blancs for me and could reassure me that I am not the only one taking this long...
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6 responses
@AFI34974 (61)
• United States
30 Jun 11
Sometimes people never recover. I personally never really "recovered" from depression, I only learned to deal with it through medication. You seem to have an anxiety disorder, which comes with depression. There are medications, but it's bad to over-medicate, so perhaps therapy is the best way of dealing with it. To be honest, I don't see therapy as very useful. I mean, it's nice to have someone to talk to, but when you need the push to get over your anxiety, sometimes you need a little tough love. Perhaps you could take matters into your own hands and go out on the street for minutes at a time each day until you have trained yourself not to be anxious. Therapy and medication work to an extent, but sometimes it is necessary for the person to try to fix themselves as well. Good luck! :)
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• Netherlands
30 Jun 11
I think some people are more residive then others. I had it one time before, it lasted for about 5 months. Now it is more severe and also influenced by hormones, the first signs started when I was pregnant but I just ignored it. I am trying to fix myself but when you get sick just of the tought you should be going out, it is really hard to do so. Thanks for your advise, I will take it at heart.
30 Jun 11
hello, i'm very sorry to hear about what you are going through. I suffer from bi-polar disorder. I was diagnosed when i was about 15, but i have always been very moody, up and down, and angry and agressive my whole life. my mood changes on a contsant basis, i get nervous, panicy, i scratch at the palms of my hands when i get worked up, i don't like crowds, and places with a lot of people, i dont intergrate well with people i dont now unless i'm the one that wants to get to know them, i get worried and paranoid over silly things, i loose my temper and throw things constantly when i'm angry but remember nothing.. but see despite all this? i love my life :) i love my friends, my family, my partner, my apartment, my pets.. everything.. and i assure you, from the bottom of my heart, it gets easier. there isn't a miracle, and nothing changes overnight, but things do get better, you find new ways to cope, and things to help you calm down, you find things to help you get through the day, and people will adapt to you, if you are able to talk about how you feel and what you are going through, people will help you!! i wish you all the best, and if you need any help, or hae any questions, don't hesitate to message me!!
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• Netherlands
30 Jun 11
That is really hard. I read about bipolar and it must be really hard to live like that. It is assuring that you found a way to live your life even though you have this problem, this gives me some strenght to know there is a light.
@vindiku (256)
• India
30 Jun 11
That my friend is circumstantial. I used to be depressed a lot when I was out of my job and nothing else was working for, though I was depressed for a long time, it became okay once I got another job. So, what I say is, depression will go as soon as the cause of depression is gone or solved. Depression can occur if you lose someone dearest to you. In such cases, it will take time and will heal with time only. Sometimes it wont? Depression is directly related to the depth of the cause of depression and obviously how tough the mind of the depressed is.
• Guam
30 Jun 11
I tell you what. I checked out this website called tlig.org No money. No scam. One night wen I was 18, I asked God to help me be happy. I was suffering through a bad depression because I was lost in my direction in life I felt like life sucked so bad. I found this website. I am 15 years old. I usually check out the website daily. All I can say is that when you check the website, Use your heart, not your mind. Take care and God bless...
• Guam
30 Jun 11
I'm sorry I mean i am 25 years old.
• Netherlands
30 Jun 11
thanks for your comment
@ravisivan (14053)
• India
2 Jul 11
hello ieniemienie-- First the root cause of depression is to be identified. You are only 31. One of the following can be a reason for depression: 1) loss of very close member of the family 2) financial loss -severe affecting life style 3) Not getting boy friend, married. 4) In case married husband/boy friend goes away for work or u are suspicious. 5) Not getting desired employment 6) Not succeeding in recent efforts 7)Not getting affection from parents or close ones 8) Worried about the anxiety how will future be If the reason is not one among what is given above -- yes there can be some other reason also. Once that is known, take medication prescribed. Keep urself busy always. Feel whatever u r doing as very imnportant. I am feeling so and that is why I am giving my comments. Be in the company of people and never keep urself alone. If u believe in God visit chruch every day. Take up social service and feel happy. If u take the medicines prescribed and also attend the cause identified then you will be getting cured as early as possible. Do not have a feeling that u cannot walk in the road-- these phobias have to be overcome by u step by step.
• Philippines
30 Jun 11
You can't tell exactly when you will be treated if you have been diagnosed with depression. It depends on the person's capability of coping from the cause of his or her depression. Medication might help but for a situation like this, it is best to seek advise from counselors and need an extra effort to extend a helping hand. It's a serious medical condition and has to be treated as soon as possible to avoid having mental conflicts. God bless!