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I Don't know what is wrong with me
April 16, 2001
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Shiree
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Hello all. I am a 18 year old freshmen at college. I have never done this before but I am just so worried about my mental health that I needed someone to talk to. I have long suffered from depression as well as a host of other disorders ranging from eating disorders to mood. Lately I have been feeling especially depressed. My first year of school has not gone well. I am alone all the time a have no friends. I feel as though there is something wrong with me. I have no passion for anyone or anything and I just feel as though I am wondering in this world and I have not a clue as to what I want to do. I know that a lot of people think that this is just a teenage problem that I am going to but I know that it is not. I know that my feelings have something to do with my childhood and the feeling of isolation that I went through even than. My mother was sick because she too has a mood problem that eventually led her to try to kill herself many times. There was lots of problems that I went through in those days that I still go through to this very day. I need help and I just wanted to get this out in the open. Thanks for listening

April 16, 2001
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Shiree.....I'm not the biggest fan of prescription drugs that you'll find, but in some cases - they do work wonders. Sometimes, we just have a chemical imbalance going on that can be corrected with a little RX help.

Another avenue to take is to go to a Nutritionist. Alot of times - our mood.....has everything to do with our nutrition and the lack of - or just the "blend" of things we eat and when we eat - certain things. That's really worth checking into....

I also strongly believe that certain chemical imbalances are because of emotional traumas that happened once or a few times or - over a period of years - thus - rewiring your chemical pattern in your body. That happens because - we call on so many different things from our bodies when we are in stress and especially if we are in a state of continued stress. Alot of times - we don't even realize what we are living in concerning this - because we are used to it. But, just keeping Pandora's Box shut takes an overwhelming amount of substance from our being and of course it's going to short circuit you for what you need to survive in other areas. Just makes sense, doesn't it?

What I would suggest to you as a nutritional boost - is to start juicing.... It does wonders for you - is just good food for your body and it assimilates it immediately because it is alive. But, pay close attention to what you are eating.

The other thing is - are you getting enough exercise on a regular basis. Another tremendous way to relieve stress.

Also, some people are very affected by artifical light. You'd be real surprised how this can affect people negatively. There are special bulbs that can be acquired for you in your room that can greatly enhance your mood. If you're always in flourescent lighting in classes and then under that at night - you might have part of the problem here, or at least - "a part".

Go get you some "B" vitamins - stress bottle.

But, above and beyond all that - there are obvious causes here....that started your body on this cycle. Obviously, something that is very ingrained in you and probably not the easiest thing to identify.

Do you know if you have compulsive tendencies? Do you fret over things alot, things have to be a certain way all the time, just find your thoughts consumed with details and how things need to be? How are your sleeping patterns? Do you follow a schedule - are you rigid about it? What is your self talk like? If you could describe yourself to someone - what would you say about yourself? Do you have or have had an eating disorder of any kind? Do you wrestle with feelings of shame in any way?

That's enough for now, will wait until you write back....

April 17, 2001
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Hi Ladeska!

Its me Kimberly Anne and I finally made it here!

Great advice here too! I had posted on the first two boards tonight, just writing this stuff out makes me feel better and a lot cheaper than a theraphist too! Just can't afford that anymore and i have insurance as you already know.

Anyhow i will see ya later, hope your doing well:) I am really enjoying some of the posts on here:)

Hello Everyone! I was LivingnReality but i forgot my password! SO now i am Kimberly Anne!

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Kimberly

April 18, 2001
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Every college must have a counseling center. Why not try to see if you can go for counseling there?

April 18, 2001
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Maybe there is nothing wrong with you. Many times the pressures of societys pre-concieved notions towards disalusioned youth cause the same pressure with in, leaving a sense of longing to find a problem that doesn't even excist.

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April 23, 2001
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Shiree,

I've been through a similar thing since I've been in college (I'm a senior now.) I felt like I had not a single friend in the world. I didn't seem to really connect with anyone, and no longer enjoyed my favorite things. After a few years of this, I finally did find one really good friend. By that time, I had been suffering through it for so long I was suicidal. She made me get help. I started counseling then and have been slowly getting better since. After I started therapy and began to deal with my own issues, I found it much easier to make and keep friends. I also am beginning to enjoy things again. If I hadn't been lucky enough to meet her, and if she hadn't made me get help, I don't know where I'd be (or not be) right now. I have also since been amazed to find out how many people I know, who seem to be so confident and popular, who had gone/ were going through a similar thing. My problems, like yours, began when I was a child and felt isolated. I also have two parents and a grandparent with mood disorders.

I'm not trying to imply that what you are going through is the same as me. I do, however, know how powerful it can be to know that their are others out there with similar situations. You are not alone! I also want you to know that mood disorders are often passed down in families. It is highly debated whether or not they are passed down genetically or enviornmentally, but it is known that children of parents with mood disorders are much more likely to develop them. This information, plus the fact that you say that you have ben feeling this way for some time makes me Really believe you that this is not just a "phase" or "teenage problem." Do yourself a favor and get some help now before things get worse for you. You've made a big step by writing here and admitting that you need help. That first step was the most difficult for me. Now take that next step and look into counseling. Ladeska mentioned the possibility of medication. I was eventually put on meds that have really helped me out. But, the counseling/ therapy has been the most helpful. Most colleges have some sort of free counseling center. Look into it. That is where I went, and it saved my life. They can tell you more about therapy options and determine if you might be helped by meds.

Also, come back here and talk to us. There are lots of great people here willing to listen and give advice. Please let us know how you are doing!

-chris-tina

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