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    Hi there I'm a 21 male and was diagnosed with mild depression last October however symptoms started last May (2010). It would be helpful if someone with experience knows more about this perhaps. My doctor seems in a rush most of the time, which is understandable, and just dished out citalopram and later doubled the dose. My problem is that i can't see a way out of this and have got used to it as a way of life because its lasted so long with brief relief of symptoms but then they come back very quickly.

    My symptoms are mainly physical, i don't feel deeply upset mentally. Best way to describe would be constantly frustrated combined with feeling hopeless.

    -i havent slept well since last february
    -wake up at 4 most nights heavy breathing
    -no energy
    -no enjoyment in anything
    -hard to laugh or relax
    -always uncomfortable when sitting
    -loss of strength, posture getting worse and physique in general
    -frustration when socialising because cannot enjoy myself and express myself like I used to
    - loss of confidence in general

    i am frustrated because i would enjoy life a lot more if i felt like i was when 19. I had was confident and outgoing with friends and always slept well and felt good in mornings. As a last attempt i am going to do a lot more exercise again.
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    Exercise is definitely a good idea, it tends to invigorate mind and body. But your doc shouldn't just be throwing tablets at you and then leaving it - especially if it's mild depression. I was under the impression that in less severe cases gps usually prefer to try some form of counselling/therapy before putting you on drugs.
    Drugs won't solve the problem in the long term, but dealing with the issues that make you feel this way should. Perhaps go back to your doctor and say it's not working for you, and you'd like to try something else? Or else go and get a second opinion. Certainly don't feel you have to just accept things the way they are
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    What do you think the cause was?
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    Thanks for your replies.

    I think the cause was one day i was stretching my right arm and shoulder probably too intensively and suddenly a massive pain went through my body and the physical symptoms started from there and got worse and worse over time, and later effecting mood and self confidence. I was also drinking heavily at the time. i think exercise may help
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    (Original post by I'm_Unsafe.)
    Exercise is definitely a good idea, it tends to invigorate mind and body. But your doc shouldn't just be throwing tablets at you and then leaving it - especially if it's mild depression. I was under the impression that in less severe cases gps usually prefer to try some form of counselling/therapy before putting you on drugs.
    Drugs won't solve the problem in the long term, but dealing with the issues that make you feel this way should. Perhaps go back to your doctor and say it's not working for you, and you'd like to try something else? Or else go and get a second opinion. Certainly don't feel you have to just accept things the way they are
    I think perhaps depression is a very complex issue. I have stereotype symptoms however part of me thinks i am just a very unhappy person, or perhaps a combination of being unhappy for whatever reason and symptoms of depression. The thing that is confusing is that it has been steadily getting worse over the last year. I have days where i start something new and try to feel like my old self but it wears off very quickly and slides back again. For example i went abroad and for the first few days i felt good because know one had noticed anything and i thought i would gradually get better, however feeling myold self quickly wore off and the symptoms steadily got worse again

    When the symptoms started at least going out they would wear off however now i don't enjoy going out. I don't have problems with talking to people however i always leave early from clubs because i hate being there and its impossible to relax and enjoy.
 
 
 
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