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Monday 16th May: Depression & Anxiety watch

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    (Original post by Lizzipth_Floyd)
    Aw, thank you so much. Might take you up on the offer sometime

    I have read both yours and Deyesy's threads. Thanks for them.
    Please! Any time :hugs:
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    I have so much respect for threads like this! :') stay strong people.
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    Iwas diagnosed to have depression and anxiety disorder a year ago but it hadstarted 2 years before that. I couldn't get out of bed, meet with people andfamily. Unfortunately it is not the worst thing about it. The worst thingshappened at night when I had my anxiety attracts lying on the bed or floor.when I couldn’t reach the bed. I was sad almost all the time. Therewas nothing what was able to cheer me up. My friend made me go to psychologistwhere I was diagnosed to have anxiety and depression. I thought that all my problemswill just disappear after a couple of visits but they didn’t. sometimes it wasbetter and the other day I couldn’t get out of the house to buy something toeat. Then I decided to get more serious treatment and with my therapist wedecided that I should go to psychiatrist for medicine, what I eventually did(scared as…) but it was worth it! It’s 8 months now that I am taking my pharmaceuticals and I have never felt better. I meet with people and friends, I go out!I smile all the time and make plans for the future. I sleep at night and do notcry anymore. Iwould like to say a word or two to all people who think they may havedepression or anxiety. Go and ask a specialist for diagnosis! If your friendsor family think that maybe you are over exaggerating do not listen to them! Ifyou feel that there is something wrong going on with you do not wait to thevery last moment and think that it may change by time- it won’t. Ialso think that all the people should be more aware how hard the life withanxiety and depression could be and treat people who suffers from it seriously,not just like someone who is not in the mood.Icross my fingers for all of you! If I got out of it you will do it too.
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    Long-term depression is a really boring experience. Especially when it's intimately tied to a medical condition. However, here are a few things that have helped me:

    1) Have some kind of schedule which can be as simple as "step outside for more than 1 minute" or "eat lunch with favourite dessert".

    2) Don't worry about whether you're 'depressed enough'. When you read stories about other people's depression, you might start undermining your own experience in terms similar to "If she's going through all of this, why do I have a reason to be sad?"

    3) Do some kind of exercise even if it's just walking and aiming for a few thousand steps a day. There's all this stuff said about releasing natural feel-good hormones but I don't care much about that. Exercising simply helps prevent you from spiralling into days, weeks, months of bad habits (like eating too much).

    4) Remember depression (unfortunately) isn't a rare problem. So more people than you think can empathise with you.

    5) Meditate regularly.

    Is advice on depression from the depressed strange? I don't know.
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    I have depression from some years, it kept going bad and than, last year ,until I came in uk was so good, a lot of good things happen and I started to feel better, I lost weight, I achieved many goals, I traveled , I went to many concerts , I met my amazing boyfriend and so on but since I'm in uk my depression became a lot worse than ever, I even cut my hands once (thing that I've always said it's so dumb ) . Everything here is so sad for me, I can't enjoy anything. Everything went so bad here and there is nothing I can do about it, I can't just leave.
    Next fall I'm starting the uni at Aberystwyth and even if the uni is rated very well, the thought of livinf in such a small town is just killing me and I can't take another gap year, I already am in the gap year.
    So, this is just one of the many things but everything is so..depressing. I don't have the energy to do anything at all and when I do and I make a small mistake I automatically lose all my excitement and stop doing it. Even when someone promises me something small like going to the park together,if something happens and the person can't do that ,I get really sad and i feel unloved and like I'm useless and I just keep being that way for days.
    And I gained a lot of weight because of depression, when I'm happy I don't ever need "something sweet" but since I came in uk I ate many sweets and now I'm trying to lose weight, i make a small progress and if I gain a small amount I get really sad and i feel like I'll never be the same as I was last year. I just don't know what to do about it, I'm just trying to do things from time to time but I feel really bad almost all the time, it is so annoying
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    Being teased in primary school really set me up for later life with a vicious circle of restricting to 400cals a day, bingeing, purging, weighing self 4-8 times a day and only getting angry when the numbers don't budge. The thing that floats around my head was if I was 'normal' and 'pretty' like the other dainty 5'4 girls in my class, I wouldn't be getting picked on. I've grown used to it, and I feel the older I get and the more I accomplish the more I adore myself. Keep reminding myself there's more to life than looks
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    (Original post by ImagineCats)
    Being teased in primary school really set me up for later life with a vicious circle of restricting to 400cals a day, bingeing, purging, weighing self 4-8 times a day and only getting angry when the numbers don't budge. The thing that floats around my head was if I was 'normal' and 'pretty' like the other dainty 5'4 girls in my class, I wouldn't be getting picked on. I've grown used to it, and I feel the older I get and the more I accomplish the more I adore myself. Keep reminding myself there's more to life than looks
    Currently suffering a relapse with my eating disorder so thanks for this!
 
 
 
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