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05-01-2013, 11:17 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread
(05-01-2013 04:50 AM)Erxomai Wrote:  Smidgen, it's pretty much what Vera said. It's described as a low-grade depression that lasts two years or more. It explains to me why I've felt depressed most of my adult life. There aren't suicidal lows and there aren't any real highs either. It's just a straight line of affect, that runs below being in a good mood. Something like 5% of the population has it and the vast majority of those are women. Lucky me for beating the odds! Since there aren't suicidal lows, most people with Dysthymia don't seek treatment because they don't feel like it's "that bad" and they think that's just the way they are, that it's natural. Then when Major Depression hits, the person spikes down toward suicidal feelings and it's kind of a sine wave up and down, only it never goes higher than the low-grade depression line, it only goes down to the low lows and then back up to the mid lows.

And Vera hit the nail on the head: if the person starts to feel better, they feel like something's missing from their "natural" state and their mind fucks with them to find ways to stay that way.

Anti-depressants at normal dosages keep me from staying at the suicidal level for too long, but they haven't elevated my mood beyond that low-grade line.

It was a bit gratifying to learn this because I couldn't figure out why I've been majorly depressed for several years when it's only supposed to last from a few weeks to maybe a few months.

Next week I go back to narrow down my anxiety disorder diagnosis. Woot woot! Tongue
Thanks for the info. Good luck with your anxiety. About five years ago the doc took me off my anxiety meds because I kept taking "more" than the recommended does Rolleyes soooo I pretty much learned to deal with it myself. I have to thank my friend more than anything for that. His favorite quote is "is their anything you can do to change what you are stressing over. If not why are you wasting your time and energy stressing over it." After hearing this a few hundred times it finally sunk in and now I throw it in his face when he gets stressed. Big Grin He gave me some tough love but I never would have recovered to the point that I have without him. Actually I would probably not even be alive without his help.

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The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Erxomai - 21-04-2012, 11:21 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Anjele - 21-04-2012, 03:02 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Leela - 24-04-2012, 02:52 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Anjele - 19-05-2012, 09:48 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Anjele - 19-05-2012, 10:09 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Leela - 21-05-2012, 04:41 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - bemore - 21-05-2012, 05:47 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - bemore - 21-05-2012, 06:02 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - bemore - 22-06-2012, 10:26 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Anjele - 01-07-2012, 09:51 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - bemore - 03-07-2012, 08:25 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - bemore - 10-07-2012, 10:11 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Leela - 08-07-2012, 04:39 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - bemore - 11-07-2012, 02:21 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Leela - 16-07-2012, 03:24 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Chas - 16-07-2012, 07:09 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Chas - 16-07-2012, 07:40 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - aurora - 16-07-2012, 07:41 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Leela - 17-07-2012, 02:26 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - aurora - 17-07-2012, 02:47 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - aurora - 16-07-2012, 10:42 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - ddrew - 17-07-2012, 02:07 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - aurora - 17-07-2012, 02:09 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Leela - 17-07-2012, 05:10 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Leela - 17-07-2012, 11:51 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Leela - 17-07-2012, 12:15 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Leela - 17-07-2012, 01:35 PM
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RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - aurora - 17-07-2012, 07:06 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Anjele - 17-07-2012, 08:28 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - bemore - 17-07-2012, 09:20 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Chas - 18-07-2012, 08:54 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Filox - 18-07-2012, 04:41 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - bemore - 18-07-2012, 05:47 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Anjele - 18-07-2012, 06:17 AM
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RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Anjele - 18-07-2012, 08:47 PM
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RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Anjele - 25-07-2012, 05:59 AM
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RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Filox - 07-08-2012, 05:33 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Anjele - 31-08-2012, 01:02 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Dom - 01-10-2012, 10:33 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Anjele - 15-10-2012, 11:17 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Anjele - 15-10-2012, 11:34 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Chas - 15-10-2012, 04:50 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - aurora - 15-10-2012, 05:05 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Chas - 17-10-2012, 06:25 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Anjele - 15-10-2012, 05:36 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Anjele - 15-10-2012, 12:55 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Anjele - 15-10-2012, 09:55 PM
The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Erxomai - 15-10-2012, 09:58 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - aurora - 15-10-2012, 10:11 PM
The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Erxomai - 15-10-2012, 10:19 PM
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The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Erxomai - 15-10-2012, 11:13 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - aurora - 16-10-2012, 06:39 PM
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RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Vera - 29-10-2012, 07:14 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - kpax - 01-11-2012, 01:41 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - kpax - 01-11-2012, 02:19 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Anjele - 01-11-2012, 11:56 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - aurora - 05-01-2013, 01:07 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Vera - 05-01-2013, 02:19 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - DLJ - 05-01-2013, 06:15 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Vera - 05-01-2013, 06:20 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Vera - 05-01-2013, 11:33 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - smidgen - 05-01-2013 11:17 AM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Vera - 05-01-2013, 05:13 AM
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RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Vera - 05-01-2013, 05:59 AM
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RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Vera - 25-01-2013, 06:55 AM
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RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Chas - 04-03-2013, 05:33 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - Anjele - 04-03-2013, 05:46 PM
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Re: The Depression/Anxiety Thread - fruit - 24-03-2013, 09:34 AM
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