• Depression?

    Asked by Jalemans on Tuesday, October 14, 2014


    Where do you seek help if you think you have depression? I called my clinic & they told me it is impossible to get in to see a mental health person like a psychiatrist.

    Things are not right. I am overwhelmed. I should be jumping for joy since the results of my mediastinscopy, but I am not. Munchkin is having problems at school. There is financial strain. My support people have moved on. Since my diagnosis, I only cried twice (& once was out of simple frustration), but suddenly I am weepy about everything. I cannot sleep. I feel very sad & alone. I even had some fleeting thoughts about suicide. I am sick of not feeling good. It is hard to do anything & it isn't because I cannot physically.

    I am pretty sure I am having some depression but I don't know what to do about it. I know others have gone through similar situations. Any advice about how to get help or will it abate on its' own eventually?

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    • Judt1940's Avatar

      I've never had depression in the past. Personally I think what you feel and I feel is that after being so stressed suddenly you are left with an emptiness. Time to find something positive to do with mind and body. Will let you know when I locate that feeling. Less concentrating on "me".

      almost 7 years ago
    • Jalemans' Avatar

      Thanks everyone,
      I called the county (they had called me a few weeks back, to tell me they were "there for me" - long story) & they never called back. I then contacted my onc's NP live & started crying on the phone (couldn't help myself) and she scheduled an appointment for the next day with herself & the social worker/counselor. When I went in, NP gave me some answer- the-question tests & told me that I was moderately to severely depressed and also had high anxiety. She wanted to admit me into hospital, but I declined. She gave me a low dose of antidepressant to start & said she would add an anti anxiety next week (to monitor side effects). She said if these steps did not help she could get me in to see a psychiatrist.

      This was Wednesday & I feel the same, but she said it takes a while to feel a difference. I am glad that I got some help. I did not try to commit suicide, but I had thoughts about it & looked up info on it. I logically know that is stupid, but my logical brain & my emotional brain are not on the same page. I am freaked out by this, but then I tell myself that I wouldn't follow through on this.

      Dr. Lee, I am afraid for you & your situation & brings this home! I am so glad you have found some support!

      almost 7 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      I'm so glad that you're getting help. Don't feel bad about crying-just trying to make contact is stressful. I don't know about others, but for me-Anxiety has turned into fear when I have to deal with things, especially doctors. I think that they are nuts---and if they aren't nuts American medicine makes us a third world country. I never know what to expect.

      Anyway, I think that you are very brave to reach out and fight for the help that you're getting. The change will be gradual, and hopefully soon, you'll wake up and say "Eureka!! I'm feeling better."

      Thanks for letting us know...Bless you.

      almost 7 years ago

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