Am I depressed

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Hello Ive posted in here before but that was a different issue. I had glandular fever in 2017 and now have under active thyroid. Im on medication for that, my life consists of working 5 days 37 hours per week, sleeping and eating. I haven't been on holiday for 7 years. I have lost interest in a lot of things that used to give me enjoyment. I still play on my ps4 watch netflix etc. Other than that its pretty boring existence im only 26 as well. I know I must sound like a spoilt brat. Ive lost motivation on a lot of stuff. I don't really want to go down medication route.

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    How about counselling? It is your choice if you don't want to take meds but if they could help you then why not? Otherwise you will have to go down the self help route ie herbal supplements, mindfulness, yoga and self help books etc.

    There is lots of info online about these so have a google. x

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    Hi jelley, i agree with Hypercat, there's loads of other treatments out there. I point blank refuse medication because my last doctors tried that and left me on Prozac for years, i weaned myself off it and have vowed i'd never take it again. I know it sounds weird but more than 70% cocoa solids are seen to really help with depression, whether it's totally true i'm unsure but it's a good excuse to eat it if you can. Speak to us on here by the way, we DO understand!

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    Hi Jelley93 - and i agree with hypercat too. Counselling is a great place to learn about yourself in a safe, private environment with a qualified person to guide you. You'll gather tools to help you recognise and handle any triggers that undermine you. Oh to be 26 again and wise enough to recognise issues and reach out for understanding just like you are doing.

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    I would definitely go for anti-depressants , they are not the whole answer but certainly help. You not the only one to feel like this either. Try and think smaller and be more content with a lot less out of life. You won't believe how many struggle day to day.

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    Thank you all for your advice. My family on my mums side have a lot of history with mental illnesses. my mum is on sertraline. She had a major relapse in 2017 and right into 2018. Mainly due to me being very ill with glandular fever. Although she is okay now touch wood. My uncle had a nervous breakdown in February 2017. He hasn't been right since hes been put on all sorts of medications mood stabilisers venlafaxine etc counselling. He just about manages, he is now on sertraline 150mg but is still not right. Went off on a bit of a tangent there. I will consider counselling as first option. If a medication route is then required. What would be the best least side effect anti depressant choice?

    Thank you

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    Hi Jelley,

    Good of you to share your feelings with us trusty me all of us listening to you have been through it as well and go through it. I was feeling pretty miserable this morning but had arranged to meet up with friends so reluctantly went but that was a good move as I felt so much better after going out and talking to people although it was not about discussing my problems it took away my mind from my depressing thoughts. So remember your friends and family and make contact with any one you can. Get out of the house if you can get a walking buddy. I have 4 groups I walk with depending on who is available when I am in bad moods myself i just leave everything and get out.

    Do things you enjoy.

    There is lot of mindfulness apps and NHS choices has a mindfulness information you can access for free.

    Meditation and yoga are particularly good find a group you could join. Group activities any excuse gets you out of loneliness.

    But if you are unable to do any of these it is best to see your GP and get help as it would mean that you certainly need more definitive medical help. All kind of medical aids take time to work so seek for early help before things get out of controll.

    All the best and let us know how you are getting on.

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