I think I have Dysthymia

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Hey again guys.

I've done a lot of research lately on the different types of depressions, as well as doing a lot of tests online as I really want to get rid of this horrible empty feeling inside. One of the terms that keeps being coined appears to be Dysthymia, and after checking the symptoms, I appear to have a lot of them. I never thought I had Major Depression, and Dysthymia seems to be more likely to be my issue. 

Does anyone know of anything I can do to help treat this without medication and seeing doctors? I've only told one person about my depression and I hate talking about it to anyone. Councelling didn't work and felt very awkard and I really don't want to take this to a doctor. 

As it stands, my problems are only getting worse and worse with each post I make here, and I still feel horrible inside, like it's just a gaping hole that keeps getting bigger. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you 

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    I'm sorry Sam , 

    I wish I had some advice to give you. I wanted to reply anyway simply because dysthymia describes me exactly and until I read your post I never knew it existed. 

    I just thought I was someone who doesn't do life well. And that has developed  into depression.

    The past 18 months have been the hardest for me. And it appears to me that it's getting worse the older I get. I find the most simple everyday things harder to do.

    I have tried doctors and counselling and medication. Although I admit I haven't done them well. 

    I will watch this post with interest to see if anyone does have anything that may help.

    I wish you all the very best. There seems to be so many of us out there suffering and from my point of view there is still very little understanding or real support unless it's from other sufferers. But we can't help ourselves so how do we help others. 

    I do find great comfort in the fact that I am not alone. So thank you for your post.

    Once again my best wishes to you in overcoming this 



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      I never knew about it either until the other day, and it describes a lot of what I'm going through as well rolleyes I'm not entirely sure what can be done about it other than maybe medication or a new outlook on life but, medication doesn't bode well with me and it's not exactly easy overcoming the feeling of depression. 

      I'm glad you found some comfort with the post, and remember that there are a lot of people like us, we just gotta keep on trying. 

      I wish you the very best as well =)

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    Hey Sam, I know you don't want to go to the Doctors but it may be worth swallowing your pride and doing so? They could have medication that could help you and if that fails at least you tried.

    At my worst I couldn't even get out of bed and I cried every single day - that was before I could even function. I don't know why but I found mornings the hardest. 

    I had Crisis Counselling and my Medication was changed and I feel 'better'. I still have my really bad days but they're far and few between now.

    I really hope you get the right help and advice, it took me a long time to get mine.


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      I'm trying to build up the courage to talk to my family about it before I go and see a doctor. I don't know why but I cant speak to anyone about it without getting quite emotional over it, and I hate people seeing me like that. 

      I'm glad that you're feeling better now after the councelling and medication =) It sounds like you had it worse than I currently do, so I can only imagine how hard it was.

      Thanks for the responce 

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      Don't worry I understand, it took a lot for me to tell my family but that only came after attempted suicide. I don't want it to go that far for you.

      My best advice is to go to someone you can trust and let it all go, then maybe they can go to the Doctors with you? 


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    Hi Sam ~

    In this day and age, no one should find it hard to talk about their depression.  So many people are depressed ot some degree or another.  In fact, more than you would even realize.  It's us, the fighters that care enough about ourselves that we seek help and solace by asking a doctor for their care.

    Don't feel weak by asking.  In fact, you're the opposite of weak.  It takes a strong person to ask for help.

    Here's a quote or a few if you will, that help me get through some of my bad days,  one is  "if you want to find your purpose, find your wound." and another is “We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it.”   Both are written by my new favorite author, Rick Warren.  He has a book full of life quotes that are so enlightening and helpful.  The name of his book is:  

    ― Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?  It's a good read and one you'll have for a lifetime.

    Good luck and I agree with the other responders, seek help and soon, before it gets out of hand.

    Let us know how you're coming along, please?


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