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# 46 : Sunday 3-6-2012 @ 11:33
 
 
Someone said :
I have an appointment Tuesday with a specialist, to check for Depression or Bi-Polar! It may be the first of many sessions, I have done this because my negativity is too much and isolation is having an effect. Self harming and suicidal thoughts, have also being a factor and I must deal with it ASAP! If anyone has negative thoughts, seek professional help, as I have!

How are you isolated?
Why are you isolated?
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# 47 : Sunday 3-6-2012 @ 11:38
 
 
Someone said :

How are you isolated?
Why are you isolated?

I live out in the sticks, I have been withdrawing from people and not being sociable!
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# 48 : Sunday 3-6-2012 @ 11:58
 
 
I must say I'm delighted and impressed with this thread, firstly that there is a thread on depression here and secondly that people are willing and able to talk about it. The stigma attached to depression is terrible and is what prevents a lot of people from getting help for it.
10 years ago I suffered a majorly traumatic event in my life & I sank to the darkest place I've ever been with depression almost to the point of imploding on myself and it took me a long time to realise or even admit that I needed help(because i was afraid of what people would say of they knew i was depressed). It took a long time with counselling but I gradually started to come back to myself with a greater understanding of myself. I still attend therapy every 2 weeks primarily as part of my self care as being a therapist myself but also to look at whats going on for me, whats happening within me. I still get bouts of depression, the blues, low mood or whatever you want to call it, most recently when I split from my ex after 5 years I isolated myself & had almost resigned myself to that fact that I was 30 single and over the hill so it's time to get a cat & get used to it. Thankfully a good friend and therapy helped me realise that this is not the case that there are more days ahead than there are behind.
What I'm trying to say is and I heard something a long time ago that I think best sums it up is, unexpressed feelings are like a drunk relative at a wedding, the more you ignore them the louder they get until you can't hear anything else & they become the focal point of everything. Don't be ashamed to talk to your Doctor if you are feeling down or ring one of the helplines after all that's what they are there for. To Help.
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# 49 : Sunday 3-6-2012 @ 12:02
 
 
Someone said :

I live out in the sticks, I have been withdrawing from people and not being sociable!

Are you withdrawing from people because you are depressed?
or
Are you depressed because you are withdrawing from people?
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# 50 : Sunday 3-6-2012 @ 12:23
 
 
I suffer from Mild Depression from time to time. Sometimes I do block myself away from others because others just irritate me and I think they dont understand what Im going through. Ive tried counselors in the past but it was a long time ago and it was more to do with issues from childhood.

When I am seeking solitude I find the walking on the beach near me is a great help, I sit and watch the sea or just watch people going by. I chat with others about my feelings so I dont feel the need to see a therapist, at the moment. If that changes then Id go and get professional help.

Its great to see a thread like this where we can say how we feel and know that others wont judge or make fun of us. Depression or mental illness is an unseen/invisible illness, and we cant always tell when somebody is suffering from it. Thankfully attitudes have changed somewhat and people are more accepting.
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# 51 : Sunday 3-6-2012 @ 12:42
 
 
Someone said :

Are you withdrawing from people because you are depressed?
or
Are you depressed because you are withdrawing from people?

I don't know, I have mood swings and low/highs constantly. I have lived alone for four years and rarely see people, this is my connection with the world!
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# 52 : Sunday 3-6-2012 @ 12:49
 
 
It's very easy to do that when you live alone, I had a few weeks last year when I found it much easier to hide in away in my room. But I got myself out of it eventually. It's not easy though.
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# 53 : Sunday 3-6-2012 @ 12:57
 
 
What do you hope to gain from your meeting with the specialist?
A diagnosis?
A new medication?
A regular meeting?

Surely happiness/contentment is very difficult if you live in such isolation.
You are bound to be over-thinking things when you don't have someone to meet and chat with.
We need human contact.
But perhaps you have already tried to have more human contact in your life and it didn't work out.

The occasional company of others is the best cure for depression in my opinion.

Bi-polar disorder may require medication though.
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# 54 : Sunday 3-6-2012 @ 12:59
 
 
I see another posting on here, showing some symptoms similar to mine? I hope he considers, doing as I did and seek help? I was a very outgoing and sociable person, years ago and that has changed to non-existence now. Maybe due to some decisions I have made, rightly or for the wrong reasons but I must do something about it!
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# 55 : Sunday 3-6-2012 @ 13:02
 
 
Someone said :
What do you hope to gain from your meeting with the specialist?
A diagnosis?
A new medication?
A regular meeting?

Surely happiness/contentment is very difficult if you live in such isolation.
You are bound to be over-thinking things when you don't have someone to meet and chat with.
We need human contact.
But perhaps you have already tried to have more human contact in your life and it didn't work out.

The occasional company of others is the best cure for depression in my opinion.

Bi-polar disorder may require medication though.

I believe its something that's always been there, but never dealt with and now its caught up with me. I hope to find out, what it is and what I need to do? I need to go to the shop and get necessities, its only over the road and I can't bring myself to go out. Its not due to laziness, I am a hard worker and exercise. I just dont want to meet and greet people!
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# 56 : Sunday 3-6-2012 @ 13:20
 
 
Someone said :

I believe its something that's always been there, but never dealt with and now its caught up with me. I hope to find out, what it is and what I need to do? I need to go to the shop and get necessities, its only over the road and I can't bring myself to go out. Its not due to laziness, I am a hard worker and exercise. I just dont want to meet and greet people!

I've been there.
I'm very skeptical of professionals who "know" all the information in the psychiatry books but have never experienced mental/emotional difficulty themselves.
A group called Grow saved me.
Have you ever heard of them?
http://www.grow.ie/
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# 57 : Sunday 3-6-2012 @ 13:24
 
 
I would like to buy a small golden labrador as they are good listeners and loyal friends to depressed persons, and pets never judge you. Unfortunately pets are not allowed on my estate, though the rule is sortof ignored.
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# 58 : Sunday 3-6-2012 @ 13:28
 
 
Someone said :
I would like to buy a small golden labrador as they are good listeners and loyal friends to depressed persons, and pets never judge you. Unfortunately pets are not allowed on my estate, though the rule is sortof ignored.

Pets judge you alright.
They're just not able to speak English well enough to communicate their judgement to you.
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# 59 : Sunday 3-6-2012 @ 13:30
 
 
Someone said :

Pets judge you alright.
They're just not able to speak English well enough to communicate their judgement to you.

Well they don't care what you look like is what I mean. They will be your friend irrespective. Though perhaps you are bribing them with Pedigree Chum/Whiskas to some extent.
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# 60 : Sunday 3-6-2012 @ 13:35
 
 
Someone said :
Well they don't care what you look like is what I mean. They will be your friend irrespective. Though perhaps you are bribing them with Pedigree Chum/Whiskas to some extent.

They do care what you look like.
And
They are not your friend.
What other friends do you provide free food and accommodation for for their entire lives?
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