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    Posted: 07/January/2012 at 13:32
I know this can be a bit of a taboo subject and in places it's not exactly accepted as an illness, however with more and more higher profile cases in recent times (Gary Speed/Freddie Flintoff) it's coming more into the public eye.

I have personally suffered from depression in the past, and I still deal with anxiety issues, though it's not too bad at present. I've known people to say "Oh just get on with it/get over it" but it isn't as simple as that! Does anyone else here have personal experience or have experience with family/friends with similar situations?

It's about time people with such issues (Anxiety/Depression/OCD/Phobias/Bi Polar/Schizophrenia/Eating Disorders/Personality Disorders) were actually accepted and allowed to speak up about such issues without having to feel like an outcast or feeling embarrassed.
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I'd suggest anyone who suffers or even those who don't take a look at this site:

http://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome

its a tool that helps you to recognise  triggers to your depression and how to combat them.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Maty Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/January/2012 at 16:55
For a couple of moths in 2010/11 I was feeling really depressed, I am really happy that I managed to get over it but I can sympathise with people constantly having to deal with this condition. People who say this isn't an illness and/or criticize celebrities for being depressed because they have "nothing to be unhappy about" are just really ignorant and piss me off. One can not always control the thoughts passing through their head, I remember not wanting to be alone because I was afraid of the thoughts that were making me so depressed. And to the other point about celebrities; everybody has problems and their are issues we can all be depressed by like death or the apparent futility of life, being a celebrity and being rich cannot expel those things. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote John The Baptist Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/January/2012 at 17:27
Yeah, was shovelling copious amounts of a certain white powder up my nose a few yrs back, and got some massive downers as a natural side effect to that.

I have no problem with people treating depression as a joke, its been turned into a joke because the amount of people in this country scamming disability benefit because of it.

I was still able to work, and do all the things I could normally. Also, what Gary Speed did was a huge copout considering his responsibilities, so I have to disagree with a lot of the thread.

I think the severe mental illness' like schitzophrenia are obviously to be taken seriously. My moms ex boyfriend had it and used to talk to himself in a very weird way, and used to beat her around quite badly. Hes a total mess.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Baz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/January/2012 at 17:38
JTB I totally agree there's various levels of depression, and if you can carry on with your normal life then that's a major help, I was able to do this despite the anxious issues trying to make me stay in my 'comfort zone'. The MIL is on AD's at the moment, yet she gets on with her normal activities, so it is certainly doable. Heck I was even under a psychiatrist for a while to help with the whole thing, and it certainly did help.

Yes suicide is a copout, but there must be something seriously wrong if you get to a situation where you even think about such an end, let alone go through with it, so there needs to be more awareness about severe depression.

As for those that take the piss with it, then more fool the medical practitioners for giving in so easily, especially as it can take a while to get off the damn medication!
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Originally posted by Baz Baz wrote:

Eating Disorders

Not a real disorder. It's a symptom of other disorders, that f@gg0ts try to turn into some bullshit about pop culture.

Never had a proper mental health problem, but my fear of spiders (seeing as you listed phobias) can get in the way at work on occasion, working in a warehouse and all.

It's ridiculous that you can collect a benefit from depression though, if you're so crippled by it that you literally cannot function at work, it's more than depression.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Baz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/January/2012 at 22:12
It's just a sicknote nation over here and so many people actually play on depression it's unreal. When I had depression along with anxiety, at times I just couldn't face getting out of bed, and on the days I could get out of bed, I couldn't bring myself to leave the house.
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Just to bump this, with more regular people on here now, is anyone going speak up about having a mental health issue?

My anxiety is pretty much under control totally now, which is a good thing but you  just never know if/when it'll re-appear it's ugly head.

Also i've got my mother and the mother in law on anti-depressants, so that's a barrell of laughs when we do visiting LOL

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My younger brother has ADHD - as you can imagine he is a total nightmare.
 
I don't see my mam etc THAT often but when i do its horrible because .... well put it this way i do not know how my mam tolerates his behaviour. He's 8 years old and a proper shit.
 
The thing is my mam was trying to get help for it for about 4 years and they kept saying he was attention seeking .... now he goes to regular therapy and has a classroom helper at school - he is brainy as fuck but once he has done his work he is just a shit bag distracting others - working himself on purpose etc etc
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I guess saw a news article (but can't be bothered to find it again to quote) about the rise in anti-depressants here in the Midwest.  One of the big problems is that most of the AD's have such mild side-effects that doctors are quick to prescribe them.  Even when the meds may not be needed.    Insurance companies here are more than willing to pay for ADs, but if you want to go to a therapist and try to work things out... well, then they make you jump thru hoops to do.

Mental health help around here is a mess.  There's only so many doctors & therapists in the area.  Most leave to chase the bigger money on either coast.  Then insurance limits how many visits you can get and how long they are.  From personal experience I can testify that it's a mess.  It does me no good to see somebody for 15 minutes once every 3 months.     
 
I switched "mental health professionals" about 18 months back.  I told her about the meds I was taken and she got this weird look on her face.  She was 'How long have you been taking that?'  And I said '3 years.'  That's when she told me that med was only good for 6 months or so, then your body develops resistance to it.  So I had a doctor give me something for 2 1/2 years that was only giving me side-effects and no benefits.  
 
My oldest daughter qualifies for state assistance with her ADHD and anxiety.  She has no limit or restrictions on therapist visits at all.  She can go every week for a full hour session.  Where as I'm on private insurance, so I would need to get a qualified referral and pre-approval and then be limited to 9 visits within a calendar year.
 
 
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