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Originally posted by jakupairs
reply to post by RomeByFire
Wow. Sorry I don't think I came across very clear. I just do not understand why people like me, every day ordinary people would need depression medicene expecially when I only have anxiety.
Ofcourse, If I lose a limb I would go into deep depression too.
Originally posted by RomeByFire
I had a friend, and his name was Noah. his thyroid muscle quickly began to deteriorate, and it eventually died. He had a lot of friends, was a hell of an athlete, loved God, and his family meant more than anything else in the world. He began to change, he became isolated and stopped smiling. He started to miss a lot of school, and his grades and athletics went downhill. He was gone for four days during the school week, he was supposed to be staying at a friends, his family was out of town.
On December 5th, his body was found. He killed himself by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and nobody knew why until after the autopsy. His thyroid died, and he didn't feel anything. Happiness, sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, nothing. He felt nothing.
Depression is real.
Originally posted by phantomjack
Let me try to sum it up for you. First, I am NOT responding as a healthcare provider, so this post is INFORMATIONAL ONLY. I would not want to lose my license to practice.
Depression. There basically two forms, at the top of the chain:
1. Exogenous -- from the Greek term "exo" meaning OUTSIDE
2. Endogenous -- from the Greek term "endo" meaning INSIDE
I will refer to them as Endo and Exo from now on.
Exo depression can be caused by something that happens to you, that causes trauma, that causes PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder). It can be a loss of a loved one, a pet, a job, bad economic hardship, etc.
Endo CAN be caused by EXO, but most often, is internal, and caused for two reasons mainly:
1. The brain's inability to manufacture seratonin, or
2. The seratonin recepters in the brain unable to bind with seratonin.
Either way, one would thing, "hey, just give them seratonin" to cure depression. And to that, I say "I WISH!"
That just isnt possible at this time.
So we have to treat the Endo depression with drugs like Lexapro, Zoloft, Abilify, etc..which all enhance the brain's ability to utilize as much seratonin that the body can produce.
There are other factors that can cause depression also. Medical conditions, drug abuse, and alcohol abuse.
Narcotics get you high, mainly because they effect boost the levels of seratonin in the body. Good for brain, but VERY BAD for other organs in your body.
Alcohol does the same thing.
But, drug and alcohol abuse eventually lead to the deadening of the seratonin receptors in the brain, which, in turn make the seratonin less and less effective over time.
I suffer from severe depression. Mine is mostly from PTSD from events that happened to me in 1998. I take Lexapro 20mg every day. I have tried others, but this drug in particular works the best for me, over time.
I can not add the drug Abilify, because I am also a diabetic, and Abilify's side effect is that it raises blood sugar.
Believe me when I say I wish I could wake up one day and not be "depressed." I have everything that I have ever wanted in life, but still, I just can't shake it.
To answer the question, "does it consume your thoughts." Well, yes. In a way for me at least. I think about it all the time, but what I do is that I keep myself busy with my work, and when I don't think about it, it helps.
Often times when I am just bored, I find myself depressed. And, my depression keeps me from doing things with my family at times. I just like to deal with it by being alone...as bad as that sounds.
Don't get me wrong...I laugh, I like to watch a good comedy, and I do things that cheer me up. But the depression is always there for me.
Hope this helps you guys looking for the answer...Depression is real...but it is different from one person to the next.
In fact, there are people who are depressed but don't know any different, and vice versa.