Question about my depression?

I simply do not have time for therapy. I have bills to pay and a low-paying job because I am young and starting out. My depression has gotten to the point where it is an every day struggle. If not for my religion, I would have killed myself at the age of 6. That is how long I've been dealing with it. I'm almost 18 now and I'm soon going to have MORE bills and have MORE responsibility. I have a few friends who take antidepressants and they seem... almost apathetic. like they don't have as many emotions anymore. Their depression was cured, but now they suffer because they cant feel the joys and true happiness that they did before. I don't want to end up like them. I've tried all home-made alternatives like relaxation techniques and herbal remedies and all that worthless crap. nothing works. I'm just asking... what would YOU do? so i guess ii need to man up.... and live with every moment of my life revolving around my sadness? live with it affecting my job and my last year of academics?

Asked By: Wattz - 8/13/2008
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Hey bro..I've lived a similar experience..nothing worked. Then one day (literally) I realized a few things all at once: 1.) This is my life and the only one I'll ever have. 2.) I need to stop taking meds and try to figure out what it is that will work for me. 3.) I realized that my life pretty much sucked..cuz I... More
Answered By: trailman64 - 8/13/2008
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I'd wake up... More
Answered By: ovationlj - 8/13/2008
it wouldn't hurt to try the drugs, would it? if it's not worth it, get off them and save up money for therapy? and dont listen to the guy above me, that retard obviously doesn't understand anything about depression.
Answered By: Mike C - 8/13/2008
we all get depressed sometimes. The key is not to let it take over your entire life. Think about the things that make you happy or bring you joy. then try to make more time for those things.
Answered By: christen_the_queen - 8/13/2008
I would go to a dr and get help. We are talking about your life here. I have taken anti-depressants (effexor) for nearly a year and I am fine. I feel happy, sad, joy, anger, etc... Anyhow I definitely feel emotions. I am just a bit more in control of myself and better able to handle the more negative one... More
Answered By: Teresa S - 8/13/2008
You have God... what the hell do you need us for... More
Answered By: hb253motocross - 8/13/2008
Ignore Mike - what he said was mean. It sounds like you need to take a good anti-depressant like Lexapro, or whatever your Dr. recommends. Don't be afraid to take an antidepressant because of your friend's behaviour - everyone is different. You need to enjoy life - I urge you to see your Dr. (that's what I would do... More
Answered By: Lou P - 8/13/2008
i understand what you mean about the anti depressants when i was first diagnosed i wouldnt take any medication as i didnt want the happy periods to be false happy if you no what i mean i didnt want my good moods to be chemically induced, my doctor soon realised i wasnt taking them and he explained to me that it was... More
Answered By: Ashleigh S - 8/13/2008
Sir, I hope you the best. Though I hope, I would consider in your shoes, go to a place where... More
Answered By: James C - 8/13/2008
I'd say that whenever I feel depressed, it's because I feel deeply, deeply uncomfortable with my mental state at that point. Therefore I usually seek those things that are very comforting for me, a list which sadly at this point has been reduced to old, shitty video games and hanging out with my cousins. I am 19... More
Answered By: ? - 8/13/2008
I've tried all the "natural stuff" too- I spend thousands of dollars trying everything under the sun not to take antidepressants because of what I'd heard. I suffered horrible panic attacks, insomnia, depression, and self hatred I didn't understand. After 4 years of this, I finally gave in and started a low dose of... More
Answered By: freespirit21 - 8/13/2008
Do you feel truly depressed or just a little sad? Everyone has feelings of sadness every now and again. However, it's when you cannot get out of bed or even make yourself a meal that it becomes a problem. Are you able to take care of yourself? I'm not going to be like that *** Ovation and tell you to man up becuase if... More
Answered By: guinnessman2007 - 8/13/2008
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