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6/24/10 1:21 P

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I think it's very important to have a professional help you determine if you are depressed.

You mentioned being tired. Are you sure you get enough vitamin D?

The last time I sank into depression my shrink had me get a blood test for vitamin D deficiency. Apparently it's extremely common and it leaves you feeling fatigued.

I started taking vitamin D supplements and it made a HUGE difference.

When I'm fatigued, I can't concentrate or think clearly. Those are also symptoms I get with depression, which is why my doctors didn't think of vitamin D sooner.

Good luck, and keep in touch!



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6/13/10 8:32 P

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Here is a depression self-assessment quiz from MayoClinic.com.
www.mayoclinic.com/health/depression
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Hope this helps!
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6/13/10 8:21 P

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Welcome. You have received lots of excellent advice so far that I would ditto! Ask a school counselor, country mental health clinic. There are resources and also therapist who work on a sliding scale. You should absolutely be evaluated.

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6/13/10 2:05 P

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Welcome to Spark. I struggled for years before I finally went to a mental health clinic. I was immediately put on anxiety meds and soon after that meds for depression. I know that my Mom was depressed and since I'm so much like her in other ways, I guess I inherited that tendency, too.

It would be better to go and find our you're fine than not go and have some form of depression and struggle. Meds can do wonders; some of us need the extra boost meds can provide.

Good luck on your journey. Keep posting and let us know how you're doing. margi. emoticon

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6/13/10 1:09 P

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Hi and welcome to you!
There are different kinds and degrees of depression, and I think your idea of an evaluation is an excellent one. I hope you can get that done through school too, or you could call your local Mental Health office.
I have chronic major depression, and without meds wouldn't be functioning very well at all. I did go for years without meds and gradually went downhill.
Please do get checked out as soon as you can.
This is a very caring and supportive team, so if you have questions, just ask.
I'm glad you've joined us.
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"Any idiot can face a crisis. It's the day-to-day living that wears you out."
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emoticon I wish I had concrete or more precise information to give you. Years ago I went to a counselor thru work and he could not believe that I was depressed. Then years later went to counselor who administered a verbal test and found I have two types of depression and general anxiety disorder!! She also determined that depression runs in my family. I did not have insurance either but there was a county agency that provided the help. Again, wish I could be more specific. Hang in there and stay in touch.

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I realize I need to go and get checked out, but I figured I would join. I had a learning disability test (over several weeks) and it turns out I have issues with sequences (both in listening and math, and my poor math skills were why I went to get tested).

The person asked me over and over if I was depressed, as I supposedly should have had a way higher IQ, by 30 points (30 points higher than the normal IQ for my age), she said I had no reason to be where I am on the scale, I should be able to compensate for my sequencing problems....

She also said I apologize a lot. I told her that's just the way I am, I don't like to be a jerk, if I do something wrong I'll say I'm sorry. I'm kinda shy as well so I will say it if I'm around strangers and I do something wrong.

Anyway - yes, I get sad sometimes when pets die (I do a lot of animal rescue, they're like my own kids, and it sucks) but I laugh, smile, have a good sense of humor, I feel tired and run down due to the busy schedule of rescue, fiance, college, and I have knees that hurt me due to imbalance muscles, but am I depressed? I didn't think so. Is it possible to be depressed and not know it?

I mean - I have always thought of depression as what you see in the commercials LOL. People who are sad, don't want to do anything, don't have the ability or want to get up and do stuff. I want to do stuff, I just usually am dealing with a headache or I have a billion things to do, so I might want to play a video game or do something easier to avoid the hard stuff, but eventually I get around and get into the nitty gritty.

Since I don't have health insurance I am going to see what my options are as far as getting tested or diagnosed. Hopefully I can get that done at school too.

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