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  1. You might want to try keeping a sleep diary/journal. Just keep a tablet and pen by your bed and when you wake up write down whatever you can remember. My therapist suggested this since I was waking up several times a night. You can either try to analyze your dreams/nightmares yourself or if you feel comfortable talk about them with your doctor.
  2. Hi everyone. I was just thinking about something that I've found true for myself. I'm wondering if anyone else has had the same issue. I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) back in middle school. Now that I've been dealing with depression my ADHD symptoms have been a lot worse. I was never given prescription medication for ADHD, although the doctor who diagnosed me wanted to put me on Ritalin. I've found herbal medications/supplements, to be effective in treating my ADHD. So, for me personally the symptoms that have gotten worse with the depression are: short attention span, difficulty concentrating, easily distracted, hyperactive behavior and forgetfulness. I mentioned this to my doctor and he wasn't surprised at all. He said that it is common for ADHD symptoms to get worse with depression. He also said that once my anti-depressant started working, the ADHD symptoms would calm down as well as the depression symptoms. Has anyone else dealt with ADHD and depression? What are your thoughts and experiences? Thanks for listening. JJ
  3. My body needs 8-10 hours a night and I used to get it before I was depressed. If you haven't already ask your doctor for some medication for sleep. I'm sleeping better now that I'm taking sleep medication.
  4. I have definitely pushed away people who are close to me since I've been depressed. It's not intentional. I think it's just a part of the illness. When I first noticed my depression, I first noticed being socially withdrawn and isolated.
  5. I think my depression is a little of both also. I've been diagnosed with ADHD for several years now, so that's a chemical imbalance. I also tend to internalize things a lot, so conflicts and traumas in my life have been situational.
  6. Hi everyone. Just a quick update. I had my first appointment with the psychiatrist yesterday. He prescribed me Effexor XR 75 mg for my depression and anxiety. He also prescribed me Trazodone to help me sleep. The Trazodone I can take from 50 to 150 mg. Last night I took the Effexor XR and the Trazodone, 50 mg. This was the worst night I'd had in a long time. I think I got up 7 times or more. My body must've been trying to adjust to the medications. I think the doctor said that the side effects go away over time. I'm not sure how long though. I'm an adult, 27 years old, but I'm still really close to my parents. They're concerned about me taking anti-depressants. I think they're afraid that the medication will make me commit suicide or something. Does anyone have advice on how to ease their minds? I've never dealt with this before and I'm not sure what to tell them. Thanks. JJ
  7. Hi everyone. Just wanted to give you an update. Thank you to everyone who replied. Your support really means a lot. I made it through the night last night but it was rough. I didn't get much sleep, but I think I rested a little. I went to see my therapist today. He is very concerned about me. We talked about some coping strategies for the meantime and if those don't work he wants me to go to the hospital E.R. if this continues. I feel a little better now that I told him, but I was terrified before I did. I have an appointment with a psychiatrist tomorrow at noon. Hopefully they can give me some medication to help me with this. I'll keep you posted. Thanks. JJ
  8. Hi everyone. As some of you know I was recently diagnosed with severe depression. I'm really struggling right now. I am so overwhelmed right now by depression and suicidal thoughts. I'm not on any medications yet, because I'm still waiting for an appointment with a psychiatrist. I have one scheduled for this Friday. I met with a therapist once already, but I'm not at the point where I feel comfortable telling him everything yet. I have another appointment with him tomorrow afternoon. I've been having suicidal thoughts since last Saturday (Oct. 18, 2014) and I can't seem to get them out of my mind. I don't want to act on them, but I can't stop thinking about them. The weird thing is that I don't feel as if they're coming from me. It's like a voice inside my head, but not audible, it comes like a thought. I don't know if that makes any sense. I really want to call a helpline or 911 or something, but I can't bring myself to pick up the phone and dial. I know I need help and I want help, but how do I tell someone that there's a voice in my head telling me to hurt myself. I'm so conflicted right now. I keep thinking I should drive myself to the hospital, but I'm so afraid. I don't know what they would do to me. Would I be committed or put on a psych hold where I stay in the hospital over night? Does anyone know what would happen if I called 911 or went to the hospital? I've resisted as much as I can, but this voice is driving me crazy. I just need to get through the night. I don't even want to think about getting through the work day tomorrow. I'm really afraid and I don't know what to do anymore. Has anyone else been in a similar situation? Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks for listening everyone. JJ
  9. Saliency, Thank you for your help. That makes things easier to understand. I have an appointment to see a psychiatrist for their recommendations about medication. I'm feeling reluctant to try any, especially since I'm already on 3 other prescriptions for other health problems. If the doctor thinks it's necessary or will be helpful, I'll try something. I also had my first appointment with a psychotherapist yesterday. It's hard to know from the first appointment, but I hope it helps. Thanks again for your help. JJ
  10. Hi everyone. I have a question. I went to see a counselor today for an evaluation for depression. I didn't think about it until I had left and I'm trying to understand my diagnosis. She said that I have Moderately Severe Depression. Is this a type of severe depression or moderate depression? What should I be watching for if it's getting worse? I've never felt like this before and I'm confused and afraid. Any advice would be great. Thanks. JJ
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