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Can depression be low grade?

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80schild Mon 25-Apr-16 23:47:55

I was brought up in a household where depression was not a word we were allowed to use, my mother's solution being the best treatment was to get on and do things. On top of this, I have had a few ups and downs in life but nothing major.

However, looking back on my life, there are clearly defined times when I was really unhappy for long periods. When I was 19 I had a brief spell of having an eating disorder and was so unhappy I would fantasise about hurting myself; when I was in my mid 20s I went through a similar phase after a bad break - up; and again when my son started nursery I remember shutting the kitchen door and lying down on the kitchen floor crying because I felt so miserable. I never went to my GP as I always blamed it on an external source and just pulled myself together and eventually it lifted.

For the past 3 years things have been really good but in ghe past couple of months my mood has been slipping and this time there is no reason for it. I have a really big exam coming up soon (it is not stressful as it is something I have always wanted to do career wise) and I can't afford to be on the wrong side of miserable. At the moment I am still able to function but I know my behaviour is changing and I constantly want to just be left alone which I think is making it even worse. However, I haven't had thoughts if hurting myself like in the past.

What I really want to know is, is this how depression feels? Is it likely it will get worse if I don't get help? I am hoping it will go away by itself at m.

A4Document Tue 26-Apr-16 10:34:50

Yes, I think it could be depression. If you visit the GP she/he can also check whether or not there could be a physical reason for how you're feeling. If the GP diagnoses depression, they may suggest options such as medication or CBT.


80schild Sat 30-Apr-16 00:51:10

I think I may need to be on something. It is bad and affecting my life.

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