Many of you know that I have been posting on here for several months seeking advice with depression. I don't have the CONSTANT ache and sadness, some days are better than others and some hours are better than others. Today I am fine, but I could be hit with that miserable feeling any time. My friend thought maybe it isn't depression but a hormonal imbalance? I'm 46, so menopause is around the corner. My friend thought that to get classified as "depressed" you have to have constant, continuos symptoms. Thoughts?
7 Aug 2012
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7 Aug 2012
Oh, I've suffered depression since I was a teen, its not constant and its not just sadness. In fact, very little of my depression is sadness. Its apathy and anger, and just feeling like I can't move to accomplish anything. And this isn't constant either, thank god, and since the advent of the better anti depressants, my life has improved alot. Of course its worth having your hormones checked but depression can do what you describe too.
8 Aug 2012
Hello haley4540. There are over ten and counting classifications when it comes to depression. Too not feel terribly down and out day in and day out doesn't mean you are not depressed. For example in Atypical depression you can have days when you are happy, and days that follow that are not. Or in Atypical depression, you can laugh at things, be happy, but several hours later, feel the opposite, sad, as if the previous hour when you were feeling happy, on top of things, never occured. Then there is endogenous depression in which a person feels extremely sad and thier is no reason for it. It happens and just as quickly can leave or hang around for a time. Depression does not need to have a reason to strike. It just does and does not have tofit neatly into a shoebox for depending on the type of depression, the symptoms do vary. Regards, pledge
8 Aug 2012
Having mental illness for most of my 57 years, it does come in a variety of symptoms, depression and not so depressed. For your own mental health, might want to talk to someone who can distinguish between hormones and any of the variety of depressions pledge so accurately described.
Good luck on your journey,
9 Aug 2012
Thank you all so much. I've had two "good days". I get my hopes up and then that ache in my heart hits again. I almost have anxiety fueled by depression, lol. I am nervous about getting depressed again, and I have had some good days in the past only to be miserable again. Please pray for me that two days turns into two weeks which turns into two years, which turns into 20 year, etc, etc!
10 Aug 2012
Hello Haley - I swear I thought I put an answer in here so here I go again. When was the last time you had a full physical? And, have you had your thyroid checked? If your thyroid is even off a smidge... you can have all types of symptoms like depression or fatigue and lots of other things that doctors misdiagnose because of their ignorance in the field of endocrinology. I don't mean that in a disrespectful way... but the baseline test for thyroid function isn't specific enough to check all levels. Just saying... so a baseline test could show "normal" function when it isn't. There was a huge discovery in the field of medicine that hypothyroidism is the new, silent and often misdiagnosed disease and reason so many people are sick. If you are thinking "hormonal" imbalance then how your adrenals are working would be an avenue to check. Talk with your doctor about thyroid testing beyond the basic, simple test. It could just be what is ailing you...
12 Aug 2012
I am new to this forum and I am just drawn to you. I have been very anxious and sad since my son left for college but don't think that is the only reason. I am not always sad but there are days when I can't even get out of bed and others when I'm fine. My family thinks its because of my son but I think it has been going on for a while. I don't even enjoy talking to my mother about it because she just talks over me and thinks I am just bored. My husband is supportive and thinks I should try a new medication. Are there any you have found success with. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.
13 Aug 2012
I actually laughed out loud when you wrote that i was close with my mom. We have a relationship that I couldn't even begin to explain. Nothing I do is right and she is an expert on everything. I'm sure my depression stems from growing up under her reign. I'm sure depression or anxiety run in my family even though it's very hush just. Anyway, thanks for writing back. I am new to this and don't know what you mean by you sent me a friend request. That's funny that you also have a child off to college. Have a teenage daughter as well and thats been pretty hard on me as well. Again is it situational if it's not a specific situation and just a general angst.
29 Aug 2012
Update: Today is 8/29, and for the last three weeks I have felt back to myself. The added 300mg of Wellbutrin really seemed to make the difference. Thank you all so much for your support, and your advice. I appreciate each and every one of you taking the time out to answer.
8 Apr 2015
I often wonder if mine is a hormonal imbalance. Had blood tests and they always seem to come back normal. I am going to ask for another one soon. I am 48 and definitely think something hormonal is going on too but was put on antidepressants which dont seem to keep me well for long
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