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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I dont want to self diagnose myself - i just wanted to know how severe it needs to be to see a doctor. I dont want to just go bothering people for no reason if its just general teenage angst that everybody gets =S
    This is exactly how I feel. The counsellor told me today to 'let other people be the judge' of whether or not I'm ill. I guess it is helping me to know that things should start to get better by the end of the month (of taking the pills), which helps me get through feeling low. It's odd because I have no idea how to deal with the thoughts etc, unlike my eating disorder, however I know that getting help will help me with this.

    I wouldn't have said I was depressed, but the counsellor, doctor etc all agree, so I guess I'm wrong! You're not wasting people's time - that's what they are there for, you know something's not quite right, they'll help you.
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    Thanks, thats been useful.
    glad i was of help
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    Ok, the basic answer to your question is that clinical depression, ie the kind people have to take seriously and not just dismiss out of hand, is a sustained period of low mood, which affects the quality of your everyday life.

    So, if you've felt low for a month or more, and you have noticed that being down has stopped you doing things you'd normally have done, or made you change your behaviour in a negative way, you should see your GP reasonably soon and get it sorted out.

    Here are a few things to look out for:
    - a general irritability
    - difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
    - difficulty in relating to other people, in reacting to them, in wanting to sustain a relationship with them
    - a feeling of pointlessness with regards to life, and a lack of motivation to undertake necessary tasks like eating etc
    - not wanting to move out of your comfort zone, but like not in the usual way. Nobody wants to move outside their comfort zone because it's comfy, but I mean here that you are totally dead set against it and nothing will move you on the issue
    - a loss of appetite, or excessive eating to comfort yourself

    There's loads more good stuff on the TSR guide to depression, and on wikipedia, as well as many other sites after a google search for "depression".

    I hope things pick up.

    Oh, and feel free to PM me if you need any help or want to talk.

    EDVB, happy to help.
 
 
 
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