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indiechick

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Hi, I have found this forum whilst browsing the internet. I have suffered from depression for about 12 years, and have taken meds and not taken them. I thought it was all under control until about a year ago when a job I hated sort of flipped me over the edge. To many I'm the life and soul of the party, the loud outgoing person. To a select few, including a close friend and my husband I can be either happy or suffer from feelings of hopelessness and continual suicidal thoughts. I have never been diagnosed as bipolar (to be honest I have found gp's on the whole seem to have very little knowledge about mental health issues) My husband suggested that it was a possibility, and researching it I think he's probably onto something. I am either very focused and have loads of far fetched crazy plans, ideas and schemes or feel very low and alienated, paranoid and struggle to leave the house. Anyway I guess I just wanted to write it all down. I am not sure whether to go to the Doctor and explain how I feel, as I'm not sure whether I would be willing to take any medication based on my experiences with anti depressants which only made me worse, anyway what do you guys all think?
 
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I think a trip to the doctor would be a very good idea, making sure to tell him about the far-fetched plans as well as the depression. You don't say in what way the antidepressants make you worse (ie higher or lower) but it's a well-known fact the ADs can make the symptoms of bipolar worse by lifting the mood too much and sending people into a manic phase. Also in younger people, say under about 25, ADs can make people more suicidal in the early days.

I hope you can get something sorted out.
 
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Thanks for the reply

The antidepressants tended to make me feel more low, incredibly anxious and paranoid and very often suicidal. Yes I think a trip to the Doc is in order, I guess I just need some sort of confirmation of that :)
 
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The antidepressants tended to make me feel more low, incredibly anxious and paranoid and very often suicidal. Yes I think a trip to the Doc is in order, I guess I just need some sort of confirmation of that :)
Antidepressants aren't the only medications that can elevate your mood. You can get Mood Stabilizers such as Lithium Carbonate that help people with depression and mood disorders.
 
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Hi welcome to the forum =)

It's definately a good idea to see a therapist and a doctor in a combined effort for them to diagnose you properly. Self-diagnosis is a tricky situation, and it's the cause for more problems than it's solved.

Good luck x
 

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