What symptoms of depression are the most difficult?
Are you currently suffering with depression, or are helping a friend or loved one who is? Whether you have been clinically diagnosed with depression, or have some signs of depression without an "official diagnosis", I thought it would be helpful to share what symptoms you are currently struggling with the most.
What have you found that helps with these symptoms? Any specific triggers that you avoid, or any treatments that have worked?August 8, 2010 - 7:46pm
I struggle the most with fatigue and sometimes lack of motivation. It really just depends. Also, my irritability or a more severe depressed mood can sometimes prevent me from being social or having a long-term relationship.
Depression can be pretty complex, though, and there are a lot of symptoms to struggle with.August 6, 2010 - 1:04pm
I'm not currently struggling with symptoms, however, I have struggled with anxiety in the past. I try and control it now, by exercising, eating right, and generally trying to take care of myself. I have had panic/anxiety attacks in the past, and they can be very scary. Luckily, I know what it feels like, so I tell my husband I'm having one, and work on meditating, doing yoga, or just take time for myself to relax, to try and breathe. I've noticed that a particular time I get them is a sympathetic response to my family's problems--my dad, or my brother for instance. I worry about my family, and it can be a battle to let go sometimes when you have no control over a situation.July 30, 2010 - 10:29am
I haven't really found any healthy ways to help with fatigue. I know of what I can try: changing my eating, sleeping and exercise schedule. I just haven't got around to it because I'm afraid of how it will affect my body further. I'm slowly changing it and it's always on my mind, so I think eventually it will help. I almost need a personal trainer, but that would cost money and time.
My lack of motivation is mainly relating to these personal areas, and I think just being aware sometimes helps. Other than that, for people who can afford it, I would say going to a psychologist would help, or just having someone constantly telling you what you need to do regarding those areas.
I have learned to talk more about how I'm feeling with my friends, so I don't have as many problems with my social life as I might've. I still fear rejection though, so I'm working on building up my confidence gradually.August 11, 2010 - 11:24pm