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  1. Hi. I had my first episode when I was 13. I'm now in my EARLY 50's. I'm just recently really finding tools to manage the depression. To wage war against it. I believe I need to have contact with other people that can understand and empathize with what this disease can do to a person. During an episode and in dealing with the fallout. I'm sick and so very tired of hearing that I have a really great life...what do I have to be depressed about? If having a great life were a bulwark, I'm set. Unfortunately... Thanks for listening :0)
  2. You aren't weird. You are ill. Not wanting to be clear and specific about symptoms with your Doc doesn't help him/her to treat you properly. I have had the same experience. During my depressive episodes, the first things to go out the window are self-care and advocating for self. I was all "let's gloss it over" with my Doc too. I would look my best and give him the watered down version of what my current symptoms were. One day, and I'm not sure why...maybe the sunshine that day...I admitted to him that that is what I'd been doing, and I gave it to him straight for the first time. He did his little magic on his prescription pad, and I'm pleased to say that I have come out of the most severe depression I've ever experienced to land in the moderate zone at this time. Now we are doing some tweaking (Guinean pig time. Necessary, but ICK!), and I have some hope for the first time in a long time that I will have meds that take me into remission and not just response. Please, please, please, speak up for yourself with your Doc, so you can get proper treatment. :0)
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