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  1. I hope you had a fantastic day :)

  2. I am about five weeks into taking cymbalta, and beside a couple bouts of side effects directly due to the medication, I have just last night had my first swing back into a major lack of motivation. I am able to fight through it to do my normal activities (I do not work at a job, though) - something that I was not able to do before I started taking meds. I used to have a severe lack of motivation and a severe inability to concentrate. It has gotten a little better over the past couple of weeks, but just last night I noticed that my motivation was practically gone. I guess depression fluctuates for me - sometimes it is better, sometimes it is worse. But overall, I feel that I am getting better.
  3. I always used to watch the depression med. commercials (prozac, cymbalta), and think, "It must suck that people have depression. Good thing I don't have it." But in reality I was depressed during that time in my life, but I had no idea what was wrong with me; I thought that the way I felt was normal. That was when I was a child. Today I understand that I was the one who needed those medications.. it was just that I had no way of knowing that I had a mental illness, and I didn't seek treatment for it. So, I guess what I learned was to be very observant of friends and family, and some day of my children, because a lot of young people who have depression may not even realize what is wrong and may never get help. Just like me.
  4. I was just wondering if anyone wanted to share how they handle family members (and/or friends) who are "skeptical" about your depression. By skeptical, I guess I mean.. Family members who don't believe you have depression family members who don't believe that your depression is a debilitating illness family members who believe that you should just "snap out of it" and "stop being so lazy" or family members who belittle your condition. I have family members who do not believe that anything is really wrong with me; but I know, my doctor knows and has prescribed me some meds, and my counselor knows, also. But it is hard to convince other people, especially people you have known your whole life - parents/siblings/etc. It is sometimes hard to convince them that I have a mental illness, and it is hard to convince them that I need support while I are attempting to recover.
  5. Totally understand how you feel. I have problems with just about anything that requires a bit of brain work. Concentration problems + severe lack of motivation makes doing even minor tasks difficult. These effects literally have the power to render a person utterly disabled.. aka debilitated. I am just beginning my treatments, though, so I am still having struggles. I find that I can read some story books, and sometimes play video games - the games can be soothing. My friends also told me that in one week I had become much more skinny than I was the previous week (I was already decently skinny, so any weight I lost came straight from muscles). I realized that a lot of my problems could be from me not eating enough - the reason why I lost three or four pounds in a week. So, I am going to try to eat more this next week, even if I have to force myself to eat.
  6. Hey frangipani. I have decided to take the semester off from college (and quite possibly the whole year). I am twenty-one, and lately I have been having very bad depression. I've always had it, but it didn't get as bad as it is now until the week that school started. I didn't feel like doing jack diddly, much less doing any kind of schoolwork. I am a junior now, but after four weeks into school, I decided that the best thing for me is to take a break. I have just begun to try out meds for the depression (paxil didn't work out, but now I'm taking cymbalta). I like to go for the 4.0 GPA, but if I would have remained for the semester, I would have failed everything. Perhaps I feel this way because I took on far too many classes in the past year. If you're having issues with depression (or any other physical infirmities), then you could try talking to your professors. They pretty much have to recognize your depression as being a medical condition (unless they are a worthless piece of ), and they should help you out in some way.
  7. I hate social situations when my depression flares up. It seems like people don't want to give you any grace because of your condition. I want to quit college, at least for this semester, but I am on grant money, and drop/add week is over. Now I am stuck either paying the bill or staying in school and failing everything. I don't even feel like talking to my teachers; I don't even want to go through with any more of this semester. I need to take time off, but because of stupid university regulations, I'm screwed either way.
  8. Thanks for the info and support. It especially helps a lot to know that I am not the only college student struggling with these things!
  9. I hate the way my depression seems to fluctuate. It went away for a few days, but now it is coming back again. I went to the doctor a few days ago and started taking Paxil, though, so it will hopefully get better soon. But my depression keeps going and coming. It is very annoying because I am a full time college student and I always end up not wanting to do any of my homework whatsoever; even if I try to do it, I can't physically concentrate on what I am doing. In my right mind I love school and doing homework and studying (I know that sounds weird!) and I try my best to keep a 4.0 GPA. I feel like I want a doctor's note, though, so that the teachers will give me more time to finish my work. It isn't really fair to have me on the same time schedule as everyone else when I am not physically capable, even after all of the fighting against it, to overcome my depression and study. This medication will hopefully help me to return to my normal state of mind, but until then, I have to suffer through this depression and try to do my homework. I dread doing it and I dread going to school while I'm so depressed :-(. On top of full time school I am trying to write a novel. I'm usually a disciplined person and can find the time to do what I need to do, even if it's a lot. But when I get depressed, all the discipline in the world can't make me accomplish what needs to be accomplished. It really cramps up my schedule.
  10. Hi farscape002002 and Welcome to DF

  11. Howdie, y'all. Just had a few questions. I have not struggled with depression for what seems like a year or so, but for whatever reason, it came up again last Friday (about a week ago). I'm not sure that I want to call it depression, though; I'm not sad or suicidal. I just don't want to do anything at all and I feel really weak. Sometimes I can fight through it and get something accomplished, but most of the time I just want to lay in bed and sleep. After I lay in bed for a while and realize that I can't go to sleep, I get up and surf the web or whatever. But I'm only able to do that because of the frustration of not being able to do anything else. Nothing seems bring any kind of "enjoyment" to me, though video games can minutely enable me to forget how I feel. After a while, they get boring also. (When I'm in my normal state of mind, I love everything about life - I can feel the difference between then and now.) School starts in a few days, and I don't want to feel like this when it starts. What should I do?
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