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    Hi there,

    For about 4 years now I have been feeling quite depressed, lonely and anxious for what I think might be more than most people. I would say I feel like this at least 3 or 4 days a week, and find it very hard to shake. I have never sought help or discussed it with anyone. I don't have a very strong 'emotional' relationship with my family. Each time I start something new - for example my postgraduate this year - or have a good few days or maybe even a good week I am so sure that the bad feelings will have gone away and there is no need to tell anyone. But then they always come back...

    I don't feel like I have anything to complain about. I am healthy, had a great childhood, no one has died or anything traumatic like that... I know people who must have much more difficult situations. Whenever I think about discussing this with someone I feel stupid and just a moaner. But I'm just so fed up of these feelings. I'm jealous when I see groups of friends laughing and enjoying their life. I am certainly not suicidal or anything, but I just wish I could be happier and feel more full of life more of the time.


    I guess I was just wondering if anyone thinks this is something I should try talk to a GP about? Or maybe not?

    I would greatly appreciate any advice, thank you
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    I think it would be worth making an appointment, especially seeing as it's been going on a long time. I've been in the exact same position - your post is pretty much identical to how I've felt before. I had nothing to be "depressed" about as such, it just happened, almost as though it was completely out of my control.
    I put it off seeing a doctor for so long out of fear of them not taking me seriously but I'm so glad I did and got the treatment I needed.
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    Absolutely see your GP if it's affecting your life. You could be suffering from chronic mild depression (although there are doubtless other potential causes as well). Go to your GP, see what they think, and then once they've determined if there's something wrong with you they should discuss treatment options with you.
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    Other alternative would be to book an appointment to see someone at the university's counselling service, usually they're there for any sort of problem, not just drastic ones.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Hi there,

    For about 4 years now I have been feeling quite depressed, lonely and anxious for what I think might be more than most people. I would say I feel like this at least 3 or 4 days a week, and find it very hard to shake. I have never sought help or discussed it with anyone. I don't have a very strong 'emotional' relationship with my family. Each time I start something new - for example my postgraduate this year - or have a good few days or maybe even a good week I am so sure that the bad feelings will have gone away and there is no need to tell anyone. But then they always come back...

    I don't feel like I have anything to complain about. I am healthy, had a great childhood, no one has died or anything traumatic like that... I know people who must have much more difficult situations. Whenever I think about discussing this with someone I feel stupid and just a moaner. But I'm just so fed up of these feelings. I'm jealous when I see groups of friends laughing and enjoying their life. I am certainly not suicidal or anything, but I just wish I could be happier and feel more full of life more of the time.


    I guess I was just wondering if anyone thinks this is something I should try talk to a GP about? Or maybe not?

    I would greatly appreciate any advice, thank you
    Is your mood low?
    Do you feel like you have less energy/ do less activity?
    Do you feel you don't enjoy activities that you used to (or very much less so)?
    • Thread Starter
    #1

    Thank you very much for your advice. It sounds like an appointment with GP might be useful...I don't really know where I would begin but maybe if they ask questions or something..
    Yes I feel tired and low very often and have noticed that I find it difficult to maintain relationships with friends and feel uncomfortable if I'm ever with a big group of friends.

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