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  1. asg20, I'm in a similar situation to you. I have my last final coming up on Monday before heading home for winter break and over this semester I've been dealing with depression and anxiety. Have you had any prior depressive experiences, or is this a first for you? As for the motivation in getting up in the morning, I like to pre-make some coffee the night before for some quick energy in the morning. It doesn't do much for the mentality of depression, but it does help to motivate me a bit to start my studies and get on with my day. I definitely would suggest meeting with someone from your school's counseling/advising center. They deal with similar problems to yours year round, ESPECIALLY around finals week (it's the most stressful part of the academic year). Just remember that the semester's almost over! Once you make it through your exams Tuesday you're homefree! Best of luck!
  2. Epictetus, A very interesting view! I totally agree with the brain-child analogy, but how did you go about implementing this mindset from a depressive one? You mentioned that it wasn't easy, and currently I'm working with my counselor on challenging negative/inferior thoughts with logic similar to what you provided in your post. It's been difficult though, because I've been thinking such thoughts ever since I can remember and positive reinforcement hasn't made too much of an effect on my outlook. Did it get better for you through constant reinforcement of this mentality...to the point that you eventually truly accepted that "inferiorities" are abstract and coherently non-existant? I know in my mind that the inferiorities I imagine in myself are unwarranted and that I don't have solid evidence to back them, but yet I can't overcome thinking about them, thus weighing me down and keeping me in a state of depression. I guess I'm just wondering if positive self-talk helped you get to where you are now. Thanks for the reply, Happy Holidays!
  3. Huskyrats, I've been down a similar path to yours and just wanted to chime in and let you know that it can get better. I know exactly how you feel..this mindset is part of the illness of depression. People that are depressed think exactly the same thoughts that you are thinking now, and while it seems like there is no hope, there always is. Who have you called that could potentially help you out? Friends, acquaintances, local mental health clinics, etc? The only vehicle for change is through your own efforts, and while it seems so much easier (and it truly is) to sit and wallow on all the things that are wrong or hopeless in life, you can't make progress that way. I wasted 2 years of my life in self-pity thinking about how miserable my life was and how it was all my parents fault for my terrible upbringing.. but one day I finally decided to give counseling a shot. You'd be surprised how many of these places are willing to make treatment available and affordable to you, but you have to put in a serious effort to make it work. I'm still fighting depression and an extensive inferiority complex, but since staring counseling I've noticed improvement. Mesage me sometime if you're feeling down. Well wishes!
  4. Hi LNR28, Not sure if it's helpful or not because I'm on such a lower dosage than your doctor recommended for you, but I've been taking 25 mgs of Zoloft for about 2 weeks now and havent seen any effects. My psychologist did say that SSRI's usually take around a month to set in and start showing positive effects, but with Wellbutrin the effects are seen much quicker. It seems to me though from what I've read in these forums and on med sites that Zoloft is the more effective of the two. Best of luck!
  5. Browsing through the forums, I noticed that there weren't any posts directly addressing depression in combination with an inferiority complex. I recently was diagnosed by a psychologist with both conditions and am just reaching out to the community here to see if anyone else is in the same boat. Of the two, at least in my situation, the inferiority complex is the more debilitating. No matter the time or place, I'm always comparing myself to others and seeing (whether realistic or not) advantages that others have and shortcomings in myself. I'm wondering if the key to lifting depression lies in overcoming the inferiority complex first, or vice versa. As far as medication goes I've only been taking 25 mgs of Zoloft for about 2 weeks now and have seen no effect in the depression ( I know its a very low dose...I'm working on getting it bumped to 50 by my physician). So for anyone out there experiencing depression and constant inferiority, comment or message me! I'd love to talk to some of you about these issues and potential coping methods.
  6. Thank you both, very much. After reading your responses I took a trip over to my university counseling center and arranged an appointment. Hopefully we'll be able to make some progress throughout the semester.
  7. This is my first time doing anything of this sort..so here goes. For the past two years I've felt down and out of touch with anyone. I had many "friends" in highschool, most acquaintances, but some fairly close friends that I hung with frequently. Since becoming a college student (junior now), I've lost almost all contact with these people, mainly due to a fear of them judging me as a changed person. I feel different than I was in high school...More of a recluse, unhappier, and lost, in essence....I've begun thinking more about my childhood and some probable causes for these feelings, only to lead to more misery and a sort of "doomed to these feelings" outlook on my future. For my entire life I have lived with my Mom, Dad, and younger brother and sister. I always perceived our household as a normal family...until I actually started thinking about some of the many things that have happened that could contribute to my current state. To mention a few, I've been present when my Dad has dropped my Mom off on the side of the highway to walk home, I've been screamed at and hit to the point I could only cry for hours in my room, and a countless number of times I've had to console my crying Mom after getting into a screaming match with my Dad about something insanely pointless. Being 20 now, I feel that I should just "man up" and get on with life as best I can, but I'm having a hard time doing so. In addition to the depression, I'm coping with a lot of anxiety, mainly in interactions with new people, but also with my friends. It's almost a feeling that everyone is judging me as I judge myself...weak, awkward, a loser. Anyways, I was just wondering if anyone has any tips, suggestions, or recommendations for overcoming this mind-state, or has had a similar experience growing up. Any advice would be extremely helpful!
  8. Ditto. I also scored a 51 and feel a lot worse
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