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I have recently been diagnosed with depression. I had an assessment with the crisis team who have refered me to talking therapy. I feel really alone and like I don't understand what I'm going through. Some advise and info would help massively

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    Hi, I know it can be really hard especially when you are still figuring out what is going on. Did this just start out of nowhere or have you had some problems leading up to this?
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    The Charity MIND ( they have a facebook page ) have booklets on depression , etc which are interesting - you can download them from their Website or order them from their Website , i have found them interesting , informative , if you have a good doctor then chat with him , her , maybe the crisis team might have some leaflets , other people who are in the same position as you - social group , etc , CBT is great for talking through how you are feeling , etc . My local Mental Health team have groups where you can join in for activities , outings , etc maybe yours do to , thinking of you , sorry i cannot be of more help but there are plenty others on here who will be able to advise you , take care xx
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    Chelsea,

    Thefact you have started some form of treatment and you know that you are suffering from this illness is very positive may not seem like it the space you are in but therapy medication will significantly increase your mood and symptoms of depression plus the longer we are aware of the illness the stronger we become and more resilent you are just in the early stage where it is very scary and you feel helpless and alone this will get better I just know it! Stay strong and hang in there take it day by day dont dwell on negative thoughts make sure you force asmile out every day that helps believe it or not! take care keep us posted on how you are going xx

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      The dark place we're in when we are suffering from depression makes it very difficult to think clearly. Depression often makes no sense to us and we feel guilty for feeling down. Some people even consider depressed people to be attention seekers and that makes sufferers feel even worse. Empathy is needed. Please know that you are not alone... You have a real illness at the moment that needs to be treated and there is hope. It's just a matter of finding the right help. There's no quick fix but there is help available so keep asking questions and you'll find plenty of advice. Ignore idiots who are quick to criticise and you might just be surprised to find out where the best advice can come from. It takes strength and courage to ask for help so you're already on the right track. Ask your doctor if you might benefit from starting on some antidepressant medication or whether counselling is worth a try and read a much as you can about depression. You might be surprised at how much some books can help. I do a lot of self analysis and it helps me to understand my situation a bit better. Talking to others who have been through it can help as well. We know how it feels. You will get through this.
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      Hi Anniedelico,

      What a wonderfful way of putting super accurate !! hope you also are feeling good these days it sure is a scary experience but like you say there is hope and finding the treatment that works really takes the pressure of the illness and reduces its symptoms hang in there Chelsea you will be ok sweet get to your doc and get onto whatever treatment they suggest xx

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      Hi Stevo! : )

      I have good days, not-so-good days & sometimes a combination of both in a day! Depression, anxiety etc can really overwhelm me at times so I really do feel that sufferers can definitely be of some kind of assistance to those who are experiencing these things for the first time. It's so confusing because a lot of how we feel really makes so sense. Knowing that so many other people are going through similar feelings is helpful, even though it's not a cure! : )

      I tend to find that being alone with my thoughts isn't helpful, yet many of us (including myself) just feel like we do want to be left alone! So you see how perplexing the whole situation becomes when we are sometimes unable to get motivated enough to even leave our home for awhile to see other human beings, who may well help to improve our frame of mind on any particular day!

      Thank you for your kind words. I felt uplifted when I read your reply. It's actually one of the most wonderful things another sufferer or former sufferer can do... to offer encouragement and to check in with people in an unobtrusive manner. : ) Being thoughtful, that's what it is.

      Thank you so much!

      I'm also wondering how Chelsea is going. I hope you are doing a little better Chelsea... If you feel up to it, please let us know. : )

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