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    That's really brilliant!
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    Hi, I'm new here and I don't know whether I might have a form of depression or I'm just being a hypochondriac. Iím not after a diagnosis or anything but I guess I just need some advice on whether itís worth seeing my GP.

    Iím just over 40, male, good job, nice house, wife, kids, no major traumas past or present. I should be happy and content.

    Iíve struggled with my moods over perhaps the last 25 years (17 onward). The worst period was when I was in my late 20ís where I had maybe a 4month period where I was not in a good mental state. I would be very, very down nearly every day, i didnít want to go on, at one point I actually started to think the world around me wasnít real if that makes sense (very strange when I look back). I came out of it and I havenít had anything that severe since. I think at that point I was depressed and should have seen someone.

    Anyways on a continual basis I have periods where Iím ok and can function in life OK. I can focus on work, I do my hobbies, meet friends and family. There are odd days where Iíve had a bad day but on the whole Iím content and happy. This can last weeks and even months. I would say this is ďnormalĒ me.

    Iíve also had periods where Iím super productive in the things I do. I can obsess about my hobbies a lot, work obsessively (all night even, although kids have stopped this trait a bit) and generally be really productive. The things I do when Iím in this way, I generally do quite obsessively. This generally lasts weeks rather than months and is followed up by me burning out, a crash and period of inactivity, sadness, lack of motivation, unable to function at work, loss of interest in friends and family.

    I can also have periods where out of nowhere, all of a sudden itís like everything starts to fall in on itself. I start behaving unlike myself, I start to engage in destructive behaviour that is not good for my marriage. I become very insular, stop meeting up with friends and family, Stop communicating with my wife, I stop doing my hobbies, my eating patterns and daily habits go out of the window and I canít focus on work. My mind races like crazy and the destructive behaviour becomes obsessive. When Iím in this state itís like I just donít care, like Iím a different person. I can get angry with my family and snap at them. Iím not saying I feel sad in this state, in fact in some ways I feel the opposite. This can last several weeks. Then I start to come down to earth and either go back to ďnormalĒ me or can have a period of sadness, guilt, lack of motivation again.

    Well that was a bit of a ramble and Iím not after any kind of diagnosis but these cycles of ups and downs are doing my fricking head in and Iím going to end up losing my job and or my family if I donít do something about it soon. They seem to be getting worse as the years go by.

    The reason why Iím reluctant to go to my GP is because itís not like I canít get out of bed in the morning or have suicidal thoughts. Iíve been around a couple of people with severe depression and I feel a bit of a fraud to put myself in the same category as them but something is not right and its having a detrimental effect on my life.

    I guess what Iím asking, in a very lengthy and convoluted way, is has anyone else had a similar experience, does it sound like depression and is it something my GP would be able to help with?


    Thanks x
    I think you should see a therapist.

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    It's not that easy to do that - there are long waiting lists etc...
    Do a little of something that makes you happy every day!


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