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Did you know your depression was something more or...

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floatyflo Thu 14-Aug-14 23:55:58

...did an outsider (e.g dp, friend, doctor) realise first?

floatyflo Fri 15-Aug-14 20:38:52

I hate the fact that this is such an empty area of mn...

itsbetterthanabox Fri 15-Aug-14 20:51:36

What do you mean by something more?

TheSarcasticFringehead Fri 15-Aug-14 20:58:25

Do you mean what I felt before I was diagnosed? I was a teen and I was told that my angry and 'down' and irritable moods, sleeplessness etc; were general teen moods, and I kind of believed it as I had no idea what that was like for anyone else. Suicidal thoughts I didn't see as suicidal thoughts iyswim- more along the lines of what people would vaguely wonder about anyway the same way you'd think about a lottery win or whatever, and as it became more serious, I didn't see the change as I suppose the thing with depression is you just don't see the happiness or what NOT heign depressed is like....so it IS your normal, so nothing is wrong as nothing has changed. It took school refusal before anyone noticed I wasn't just plodding along fine and I would say the GP realised something was wrong but not that it was depression and my counsellor was the one who really introduced the word depression tbh. It took my ages to realise I wasn't just failing and wrong, but that I was depressed, and even longer to realise that depression didn't mean I was failing and wrong iyswim.

floatyflo Fri 15-Aug-14 21:37:31

I mean for those that have bipolar or such like, and were originally diagnosed with clinical depression.

Imsuchamess Fri 15-Aug-14 21:49:28

I started my first episode which was a severe psychotic manic episode at age 13. At age 15 I had a severe psychotic depression was admitted for a month and diagnosed PTSD. But I knew it was something more though I didn't know what. I kept having episodes of varying severity and was diagnosed schizoaffective age 22.

So yes I knew.

floatyflo Fri 15-Aug-14 22:31:18

Thank you

mawbroon Fri 15-Aug-14 23:14:02

Mine followed on from pscychotic episodes, so yes I knew it was something more.

I had two cycles of psychosis followed by depression and was then diagnosed with bi-polar, but I really don't know if that is the correct diagnosis.

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