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Sounds a horrid situation to be in. I know the NHS here are often much maligned, but their mental health service isn't too bad. It may take 6 months to initally see somebody, unless you are a danger of course, but then they get you through things pretty quickly. For the milder cases they even suggest you goto more local therapists so you don't have that long wait, which is pretty handy.

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I got Attention Deficit Disorder which i have stated in the past as an aside when it comes to certain posters writing longass posts.
 
Its hard to stay focused on shit without my mind drifting. Thats why it was HUGE mistake a few years back when I scheduled myself for 4 sperate two hour classes in one day. My mind was mush by the last class of the night.
 
Dont bother with medications though I just multi-task which keeps me busy and I dont get into a stupor where my mind wanders. Like tonight, I'll be on my laptop doing whatever while watching Mets/Marlins, Caps/Bruins, Knicks/Clippers and Law and Order SVU. Seems to work for me


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i suffer severe depression, possibly bipolar, and have fought it, without meds, for over a decade, until - and JTB i accept what you'll call me for this - i took an overdose of my insulin in October. luckily, i was more focused on getting the entire amount of insulin into my body to notice that i OD'd on my night insulin, which is slow acting, and for the life of me now, i don't know why i thought it was the best idea, nor do i know why at certain times i still do.
some days, i struggle to get up, on other days i do but can't face leaving the flat, and worse, i sometimes can't bring myself to eat. i fucked up a relationship, meaning i now don't see my kids often and, while i am on benefit, for my depression, it's not DLA or any high paying benefit, and i am still looking for work.
the worst thing is, when i apply for a job and don't get it, it dents my confidence more. i suffer panic/anxiety attacks if things get too tough, and while i've never had that much confidence, i'm nothing like the person i was when i was 18, and certainly not where i hoped and wanted to be when i hit 30.
i don't expect sympathy, but i do wish people would not say "snap out of it" as, if it were that simple, of course we would! i freely agree that the feelings of failure i have are down to me, i didn't put in my student loan forms in time when i went to Salford uni, i didn't push my bank when they turned down my student overdraft account request, nor did i take enough ID with me to open a student account with any other bank that would have allowed me to stay in university.
i allowed myself to get complacent with work, when i was doing only 25hours a week, and while the only misfortune i had was quitting that job for one in logistics that i didn't take up due to breaking my wrist, meaning i couldn't work for a couple of months, i got myself into a rut that, to this day, i am still digging myself out of.
i've been lucky to have a great doctor - my previous surgery was shit. the doctors weren't interested in mental health issues, and my diabetic nurse would talk over me when i tried to talk about what was going on in my head to ask why i wasn't taking the simvastatin and kidney meds she was pushing onto me - and, while the NHS mental health team do take a long time to get around to, i have the numbers of, and am seeing the counselor from, one of three birmingham based mental health teams.
i don't mind people making a joke of mental health, purely because they've either lived it, or don't fully understand and therefore exaggerate what it's like, but i can't see how it's worse than making jokes about Christianity or any other staple of British comedy routines.
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Originally posted by DangerZone DangerZone wrote:

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 recognize triggers to your depression and how to combat them.


check that site dude,

I've been in a similar place to where you are now and as hard as it is, the only person who can do anything about it is you. I was lucky in that my depression wasn't as severe as what many people are afflicted with but it still caused me to lose my job and put a massive strain on my marriage. I was on anti depressants for about 12 months which really helped, I got the go ahead to to start weaning myself off them when we find out my wife was pregnant, since then we've had a daughter and are under less strain.

its a vicious cycle, its hard to break, but once you do you realize you can do it again. It will get easier, you already have support take heart in that fact.


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Originally posted by ihatethatmonkee ihatethatmonkee wrote:

i suffer severe depression, possibly bipolar, and have fought it, without meds, for over a decade, until - and JTB i accept what you'll call me for this - i took an overdose of my insulin in October. luckily, i was more focused on getting the entire amount of insulin into my body to notice that i OD'd on my night insulin, which is slow acting, and for the life of me now, i don't know why i thought it was the best idea, nor do i know why at certain times i still do.
some days, i struggle to get up, on other days i do but can't face leaving the flat, and worse, i sometimes can't bring myself to eat. i fucked up a relationship, meaning i now don't see my kids often and, while i am on benefit, for my depression, it's not DLA or any high paying benefit, and i am still looking for work.
the worst thing is, when i apply for a job and don't get it, it dents my confidence more. i suffer panic/anxiety attacks if things get too tough, and while i've never had that much confidence, i'm nothing like the person i was when i was 18, and certainly not where i hoped and wanted to be when i hit 30.
i don't expect sympathy, but i do wish people would not say "snap out of it" as, if it were that simple, of course we would! i freely agree that the feelings of failure i have are down to me, i didn't put in my student loan forms in time when i went to Salford uni, i didn't push my bank when they turned down my student overdraft account request, nor did i take enough ID with me to open a student account with any other bank that would have allowed me to stay in university.
i allowed myself to get complacent with work, when i was doing only 25hours a week, and while the only misfortune i had was quitting that job for one in logistics that i didn't take up due to breaking my wrist, meaning i couldn't work for a couple of months, i got myself into a rut that, to this day, i am still digging myself out of.
i've been lucky to have a great doctor - my previous surgery was shit. the doctors weren't interested in mental health issues, and my diabetic nurse would talk over me when i tried to talk about what was going on in my head to ask why i wasn't taking the simvastatin and kidney meds she was pushing onto me - and, while the NHS mental health team do take a long time to get around to, i have the numbers of, and am seeing the counselor from, one of three birmingham based mental health teams.
i don't mind people making a joke of mental health, purely because they've either lived it, or don't fully understand and therefore exaggerate what it's like, but i can't see how it's worse than making jokes about Christianity or any other staple of British comedy routines.


That is going through the mill! Getting into a rut is easy, getting out of it is very difficult. We're also here if you want to rant and rave about anything. I found it helpful to rant and rave online, seeing things in words actually helped, as strange as  it sounds.

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hopefully, i am on the path to recovery, as DZ says, you can have all the help in the world, but unless you're willing and wanting to get better, it won't do a thing.
 
i'll have a good rant on some stuff at some point, and cheers for the invitation Smile
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I've had many a rant online during my hard times, not really had one on here yet but who knows there may come a time when it is needed.

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I wish I saw this thread sooner.

I'm studying psychology and mental health is massive basically the world can not have enough psychologist, psychiatrist etc. Due to it originating in the brain people who don't suffer from mental health don't see that it is something you cant simply "get over" or "tough it out".  

Massive personal story. Last year I was in senior at school and was suffering from Emetophobia (fear of vomiting). I would leave school the minute I felt slightly ill or I heard a vomiting bug was going around the school. It got to the point where I refused to travel on public transport or go to any crowded areas because I was convinced I would throw up in front of everyone. Also I would starve myself so there was nothing in my body to be sick with. On a school day I wouldnt eat anything until about 4PM. All the depression the came with it was huge by about August/ September of last year I wasn't allowed to be alone. 

I am better now. I went to a specialist in the field and 6 months later I can take public transport and at least go to a football game. I still have huge anxiety levels which started the whole saga and because of that I will always be termed to be suffering from emetophobia.  
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Originally posted by ihatethatmonkee ihatethatmonkee wrote:



i suffer severe depression, possibly bipolar, and have fought it, without meds, for over a decade, until - and JTB i accept what you'll call me for this - i took an overdose of my insulin in October.



Dude I don't know why you think I'd say anything about that. I'm in no position to judge, I'm an unemployed 24yr old former coke addict with a string of failed relationships and quit way too many jobs to remember. I can't call anyone out for having a weak personality or whatnot.

You live in the West Mids like me though, so I'm guessing you know where I come from when I say people use depression as an excuse so much its lost its real meaning. You can go in the doctors nowdays and say you have depression for a free sicknote, no questions asked, no evaluation needed, and round here theres so many people who take advantage of it. Hence the skepticism.

I do think however that suicide is a huge copout, but then again I haven't the problems other people have. I dont have kids, havent been through a stressful divorce, dont need to worry about money, had a happy childhood, etc etc etc.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ihatethatmonkee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30/April/2012 at 00:26
agree with you mate, and i didn't put that comment because i thought you were going to judge me, i just know your opinion on it, and respect you for it, i don't take what you say about suicide personally, as i know you're talking an overall viewpoint, not a personal one against me, or even any particular person.
 
you're right, here in Birmingham, there are doctors that hand out sicknotes and ADs like they're nothing, so i count myself lucky that my doctors actually do everything they can to ensure that i actually am depressed - i know it sounds weird, but it means that they actually want to help me, rather than just give me a sicknote and out of the surgery as quickly as poss - before giving me a prescription for ADs, or a sicknote or anything else.
 
but i have lived in areas where that wouldn't have been the case, and, quite honestly, if i was in any of those areas, under any of those surgeries, it would not be doing me any good.
 
people complain when asked to prove they actually have something wrong with them, and while it can be a nuisance, surely it's better to prove you have a problem and weed out those that don't than to just take someone's word for it.
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