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Hello everyone!


I've just registered and looked around to see where I can fit.


I've been suffering from depression for about 5 years now and everything seems to be getting worse every day. Having no friends around to share, unable to find (or pay for) a successful psychiatrist at state hospitals, consequently keeping each and every problem to myself... I googled "people with depression forums" and here I am!


I will write more when I can do it without crying. I must stay calm at work now.


Hope you all have the best of everything!

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Hello, Laure, and welcome to this site!  It’s an excellent forum, and full of people who are compassionate, kind, understanding and helpful.


I’m not a moderator nor administrator, just a regular member responding to your message to say “hi”.


I'm sorry that you haven't found the right psychiatrist yet, but I would encourage you to keep trying. There is a generally accepted and recommended way to treat symptoms of depression and other conditions, and you really need to try to do all the steps to get well:


Make an appt and see your primary care physician or family doctor for a physical exam to confirm or rule out any physical illnesses.


Make an appt and see a psychiatrist for a complete eval and accurate diagnosis of your mental condition, and a prescription for appropriate medications to treat your symptoms.


Make an appt and see a therapist who will help you to understand yourself and your current thought patterns, and how to develop new healthy patterns of thinking.  The therapy will be most effective after the medications calm your mind.


Now, if it really is impossible to see a psychiatrist for the meds, a second-best alternative is to have your primary care physician prescribe them.  That's better than nothing at all.


You posted your message in the correct section for “new members”, but I’ll tell you a helpful hint: not everybody on the forum reads and responds to the new member posts as often as we all should.


So, if you find that you only get a few answers to your introductory message, don’t get discouraged.


Just take a look around the forum and read the messages in the other sections, and next time you post try posting in one of the regular sections, and you may get more reads and responds.


I hope you’re able to find any help and friendship here that you need.  Again, welcome!

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