More Than Anything

My father suffers from chronic depression, and I believe I inherited it from him. It is getting harder and harder to fight it off. As I type this, I have been shut inside my apartment for months, refusing to see anyone. I freak out when I go to the grocery store, and I cry for no reason. It's not just a little rough patch- this is seriously a chemical imbalance that I will probably need medication for. I can't wait to get over this, as it is destroying my life and everything I like about myself.

SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit
36-40, F
7 Responses Mar 12, 2010

I understand.

I know serotonin is already in your body, but some people benefit from taking serotonin supplements. My uncle swears by them.

Yes, I will need a lot of therapy, I think. And I haven't tried serotonin yet, though it's been on my to-do list.

^ It couldn't hurt to do more research. I am sort of afraid of side effects too, but my depression is so severe that it might be more dangerous for me to not seek medical therapy. It's all about finding the right individual option for you.

I don't really know where I'm at in a scale of depression, I know I get pretty depressed at times. I'd definitely take some drugs if I could be sure that it'd work out OK, but there seem to be a lot of stories of people being given drugs that made them jump off bridges. I suppose you've got to keep in mind that with drugs there are always side-effects. <br />
While people probably readily admit they've got diabetes and take medication for it, for anti-depressants this is probably not the case, so it's harder to gauge how successful they are. <br />
Or maybe I just haven't talked to/met enough people who know about this?

^ Thank you for the advice- I will definitely talk to someone about it.

My advice is for you to try going to your doctor and getting a prescription for an antidepressant. There's no reason for you to suffer so much. I'm not a psychiatrist, but I do have a wonderful one. Depression can definately run in families. The antidepressants won't work unless you are clinically depressed. If so, you'll notice the difference within two to three weeks. I did, and I can't imagine life without them. There's too much social stigma around this issue. The brain is really an organ in the body....seeking medical help should be no different than taking medication dor diabetes. Both conditions are medical and can be successfully treated. Good Luck!