im a 29 year old suffering with severe depression

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Ive been suffering on and off for the past 2 years, but about 4 months it became worse than ever. I am currently taking SSRIs, which i have been for about 8/9 weeks.This was due to me being subjected to several issues of stress from different areas in my life. Then on the previous saturday i suffered a breakdown, which required me being taken to the hospital. I was shaking, sweating, chest pain, palpitations, severe head and neck pain.I was so frightened. I have been back to see my gptoday who had upped my dosage of the meds, but im just wondering if there is any other way i can make myself feel better? Any advice would be much appreciated x

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    Hi there, How are you doing since upping your meds. I think I am going to have to up mine after not feeling too good on tghe dose I am on. Just never seem to feel well! I
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    the right dose is crucial but it is very early days atm as really needs a good 3 months to get into system. Other than medication, the usual exercise advice and healthy eating advice makes a lot of difference to moods and feeling better. Talking therapy also helps enormusly re drpression but maybe at a later date. For time being , just be kind to yourself, accept you need to have a bit of time out form prob a streessful life and wait the improvements. You will get there. Lots of advise re similar situations of people on here though so spen some time reading them all- lots of good advise form people who have been where u r at the moment. Take care xx
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    Exercise when you are ready is one of the best therapies. Maybe you have a friend you could walk with even? Just take it slowly, you will get better. My mum had severe depression and had to be hospitalised and she is doing well now.
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    hi rachybaby82,

    my depression has gotten worse of late also,went to the Doctors but they wouldn't increase my meds(fluoxitne 20mg a day) but did suggest Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It's a talking therapy and It can be done face to face or over the phone,so I'm going to give that a whirl!!

    CBT has been shown to help with many different types of problems. These include: anxiety, depression,panic, phobias (including agoraphobia and social phobia), stress, bulimia, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and psychosis. CBT may also help if you have difficulties with anger, a low opinion of yourself or physical health problems, like pain or fatigue.

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    I totally understand where you're coming from. I'd definitely recommend some CBT, it's helping for me - now just to get off the pile of meds I've been given - 12 tablets per day and no better!
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