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    i have suffered recently from depression an actually came of my low dose of antidepressants(5mg)thinking they were not effective but after listening to leanne's pms symptoms i am realising this last two an a half wks of severe agitation,bouts of anger,night sweats, has been down to pms,it was terrible, not a good combination, depression and pms!!!!! is there anythingelse out there other than drastic surgery to ease the pms, big time.....i would sincerely appreciate your help as im trying my best to deal with my depression, being more aware of my feelings but need more than 1wk every mth to feel better bout myself!!! Marie





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    Hi Marie My name is Leanne I was on EB on Friday. I am so sorry to hear about your PMS and so hope so of the less invasive treatments manage your symptoms better. There are all sorts of routes to go down, I was given the pill, mefenamic acid, pessaries and SSRI anti depressants. You may find that your depression maybe linked entirely to your periods and can kill two birds with one stone I know mine was! As the previous poster suggested keep a diary, it needs to be at least three months long and basically chart everything from how much caffeine intake you have had to alcohol to see if there is anything aggravating it further. Also note how painful the periods are from 1-5, how heavy they are and how it is effecting your quality of life. I do hope you get this sorted, Leanne x

    im 15 years old and i have severe depression and I've been medicated for about 2 years now, but I've been self harming for about 3-4 years, and i have a fair few self harm scars, that are all quite deep. I decided to myself that if i can make it through my depression i want to try to persue a modelling career. I'm not bad with criticism from others, I'm my hardest critic anyway and i understand how hard the industry is but if i make it through my depression hopefully by then i will have a strong mindset and be strongly mentally stable. But I just want to know, will agencies and stuff reject me because i have scars? even if they like everything else?





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    I am 13 and I have modelled for a few years now though I have also suffered with self harm since I was 11. My scars are quite horrible and when I had to do the summer shoots my agent-at-the-time dropped me saying there was no point if I couldn't wear a bikini. though I don't want to be a model when I'm older I didn't want to stop because that was how I made my money but soon I found an agent who was more than happy to hire me since its so easy to edit cuts out of photos. so it may be hard to find an agent at first just keep looking Im sure your beautiful!

    I'm 17 and have 2 young babies, my Breast have shrunk and are very saggy, its causing me major depression and I have no self confidence what-so-ever, I was just wondering how to go about getting Breast implants and a Breast lift, how would I pay for it, and how soon could I get it done, my depression is making it hard to bond with my babies, please help





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    im 14, and worried. i ave alot of stress in my life for personal reasons, and my support worker sas she thinks i hae depression. i have automatically checked the symptoms out, and this type suits me best(my mum has depression too).i am really worried, whats its like? can it force me to do stuff? can yo gve me a general summary? i don really want to talk to my mum abut it(personal reaons again)..





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    I am on sick leave from Post Natal depression over 4 weeks now. There has been some issues at work before and immediately after my return from maternity leave. I wonder whether post natal depression is considered as 'disability' and whether I will be protected from the Equality Bill. Many thanks!





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    I have had an underactive thyroid for many years - first noticed when I was always feeling tired and put on some weight and eventually tests confirmed and I have been taking levothyroxine for 5 years. I expected the weight to drop off and not to feel tired anymore. I am on 125mg and the doctors say by results of my blood tests that this is the right level. I feel even more tired now and still have not lost any of the weight. My diet has not changed but my exercise levels have gone up. I have also recently been depressed and am on 40mg of citalipran. I have had tests for diabetes and pre menopause all of which have returned normal. In addition seen an endocrinologist and again with no conclusions. Symptons: Extreme tiredness - can have 4/6/8/10 hours sleep and need to go back to sleep once up and about - leads to depression No weight loss - leading to depression Loss of hair - used to have very think long hair and how it's thin and much shorter - more depression Spots since starting depression tablets - maintains depression (had no spots previously) Very heavy sleep and no dreams (used to be a light sleeper with vivid dreams and I miss them) Eye test showed that my long sight had come back which was last present when I was a teenager and so wear glasses for reading / IT work / mobile phone use for texting! I am 46, female and really frustrated that I never feel awake or energised and that all these other side effects have led me to be severely depressed (among other symptoms of depression) I would love to know what is wrong and how to get better - my Gps have given up on my symptoms and just say don't know- help please! Thank you in advance. MN





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    I have recently stopped having any sensation of relief at orgasm, I believe it is called ejaculatory anhedonia. I can still ejaculate but there is very little feeling with it. This particular problem started about six months ago and I have been hoping that it would resolve itself. My doctor (who I eventually saw) dismissed it as caused by depression/anxiety and offered no treatment or further investigation. I find this difficult to believe since the start of the depression and anxiety problems was over 15 years ago. I would appreciate any suggestions.





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    Hi, I have few deep scars on my arms from self harm when I was suffering with depression a few years ago. I have tried bio oil and many various skin cosmetics to try and reduce the appearance of the scars. Nothing has worked. I can't go out in summer without a long sleeved Top on and am embarassed by my arms. I can't move on with my life and my depression is getting worse. Is there anything I can do that I havnt already tried. The scars are about quarter of an inch deep.





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    I am sixteen and have been self harming for about a year and a half, I am finding it really difficult to cope with my depression luckily my doctor saw my scars and I felt safe enough to tell them what was happening I now have counselling through CAMHS, however my self esteem is so low I am afraid of people seeing my scars and when they do this causes me to harm more. My friends parents recently asked to go on holiday with them we are very close and they know about my depression however they have not seen my scars the sea is a sort of sanctuary for me but id don't think I have the confidence to show my body. what can I do?





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    Hi :-) if I was you I would wear some shorts or a shirt on top of your swimwear, whatever covers them. Just explain you have some issues with your self esteem/body image. Good luck and have a nice holiday x

    Is it ok to donate bone marrow if you have depression? I am on 30mg of citalopram daily to help with mood levels. I read the criteria and I worry I might not be quite right as its a long term problem. I've hard it since I was young and believe it to be hereditary from my mothers side. I am already on the organ donor registration and willing to give blood etc. For me it makes me feel good knowing I can help others and would hate for my depression to stop me. I also smoke and I have been told this stops you from donating, like blood, and I really want to. Is it true?





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    Has anyone had sever exhaustion or lethargy once diagnosed with PG? My mum is 64 and was diagnosed with PG following many tests and a very lengthy stay in hospital after falling in ill in February. On top of that, she was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in the lining of the lung just a couple of months before. The cancer is stable which is good news but she is just exhausted when doing anything, whether just walking up her driveway out to my car or when I take her to the supermarket. The oncologist ensures us it's not the cancer. Has anyone else had symptoms of real exhaustion (severe lethargy)? She is still being dressed for her large ulcers but they are healing fortunatley. We are really desperate to hear from others who have felt like this 6+ months on please.





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    hi Michelle my mum got pg in 2006. The drugs they prescribed did not agree with my mum and had the adverse affect. to this very day she is on microphenalate( hope thats spelt right) and highest intake of steriods she canbe on and still her legs break out. She has recently contractd a virul infection, but she has no imune system. She is constantly tired and has no energy. My mum also had cancer, bowel cancer. I know this is a incurable disease but im trying so hard to find something to control it

    I had to sleep enormous amounts while my PG was active. The fatigue was unbelievable. Once I was prescribed immune suppressing drugs, my fatigue improved (but those drugs can also cause fatigue themselves).

    Hi my name is James.Iam 30years old.i have suffered since the age of 13 with an underactive thyroid gland.since then things have got very bad for me.i have severe fibromyalgia,vertigo,lethargy,fatigue,depression & chronic pain syndrome.10years ago I was told I could have a tumor on my piturity gland.the consultant said I didn't need a scan even though I had low testosterone levels.i have resantly become very unwell and have hypogonadism from a tumor that has been found in a recent MRI scan.it is 6mm & have told me that it's not a big problem.if I have had this for all these years growing is this the cause of my diseases including arthritis.should they remove it?





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    Yes they should,mine was taken out and now I am much better..

    I have been told by endo. specialist that I may have a tumor on my pituitary gland. Hemoglobin A1c level 6.0. Symptoms cfs, testosterone level at 24.50 L, diplopia "vertical double vision" muscle pain and weakness. Does that sound like any one else's symptoms?

    I have aparantly divicular disease of my lower gi. Would this explain my weight loss and occasional blood show and lethargy i am experiancing?





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    I have had problems with my digestive system since I caught a stomach bug 10 months ago. Started with diarrhoea, extreme belching, loss of appetite and lethargy.The diarrhoea improved after a few days but then I had bad stomach pains whenever I ate anything. It got to the point where I avoided eating all day until I was at home in the evening. Even bland foof=d like white fish and rice caused the discomfort. Doctors blamed IBS but I thought it may be Giardia so I asked for Metronidazole just in case. Symptoms improved slightly a few weeks after but then gradually got worse again. I then became lactose and fructose intolerant too. Dr then gave me Tinidazole which relieved some more symptoms. Nausea, lethargy and belching has now almost stopped but I still get discomfort whenever I eat (normally within 5 mins of eating).I keep a food diary and take peppermint capsules and tea. I do not smoke or drink alcohol or fizzy drinks. I avoid lactose whenever I can and take lactase tablets. I still avoid eating in public just in case and I take medication to relax my guts (Mebeverine) which helps a bit.I am taking a multi enzyme tablet and probiotic tablets to help restore bowel flora. Is there anything else that could be causing my problem and anything else I can try? I have seen 5 Drs who all say it is IBS and I have to cope with it.





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    I have had Giardia for 4 years, all the same symptoms as you describe. I have taked 4 courses of antibiotic's but am still unwell. I have been told by a dr, the best way to rid yourself of it is to let it run it's course. It is truly miserable. I have fond I am at my best if eating a low-fat, moderate fibre diet that is lactose and fructose free. I see a dietitian regularly.

    I have recently had an endoscopy and am waiting for the histo results. I am still avoiding eating out as so difficult to find anything I can eat safely. Now losing weight too. Consultant is suspicious it is either Helicobacter pylori or post Giardia. I am not coeliac. I will let people know my results on here just in case it helps anyone else who may have the same or similar symptoms. This really is ruling my life at the moment and is making me miserable. I think some of my friends think I am becoming anorexic but I cannot explain enough how much I sometimes want to eat but just don't want to risk it just in case my stomach plays up. This is not IBS.

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    I suffer with bad depression. It has ruled me for ten years. Tablets wont cure depression. Only we can fight. Get that possative attitude n b who u wanna be. Life is what we make it. Avoid un nessery situations that may cause stress. Only we can win...depression cannot beat us...be strong abd gud luk x

    I have worsening symptoms of hypothyroidism, carpal tunnel, lethargy, weight gain no matter what I do, joint pain, heavy periods, hair loss, dry skin, palpitations, anaemia, ibs. I also have pcos and after feeling a lump in my neck and gp sending me for ultrasound told I have a benign tumour on my thyroid. Gp just says can't be thyroid as bloods are fine, I've checked they are always on lower side of normal...help...fed up :(





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    Thank you but i dont know any specialist and its the hairs that have caused me to have depression and loos my confidence. If i didnt have them then id be fine and the depression will go.

    Also the depression gets so bad that I self harm and overdose and HAVE attempted to kill myself in the past... The doctors put this down to the fact I suffer from depression anyway but I think carving the "fat" and "cow" onto each breast somehow marks it differently....

    after havin my son in 2004 i had puerpeul pyshosis i was on risperdone but the side effects were horrible i have been on medication citlapram 40mg since 2006 but still have epiosodes of severve depression i have been told i do not have bipolar or others just prolonged depression this is hard to reflect on i cant move on as im always lookin back 2 a(bad) past i also had a episode of pyshosis after having my oldest in 2000 this was (CLASSED) AS sleep deparation my feelings changed from hour by hour daily i also have a underactive thyriod wi a part thyriodactomy my corcerns are i will never be off medcation 4 depression but i think if i was dianogsed propley then i would feel better





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    there are many other antipsychotics other than risperadone. lots of people find that that particular drug doesnt suit them. just off the top of my head these are some other drugs you can ask about trying - quetiapine, olanzapine, aripriprizole, clozapine, thorazine, haloperidol and thats before you get into the combinations of them. post partum psychosis is more common than you think, even in otherwise 'normal' people. you need to demand to be referred to a psychiatrist - there a few disorders with feature depression and psychosis as part of the diagnostic criteria. there are also a lot of therapies that you can try to help with the depression and also enable you to deal with the psychosis as and when it happens. go to your GP and tell them that you want a referral to the local CMHT (community mental health team). a diagnosis in itself will not help you feel better, but with the correct diagnosis you can access the right treatments.

    there is no standard test for depression - the scans simply show whether or not you have tumors or areas of damage in your brain - clear, organic causes. have you had all your thyroid, iron and hormones checked? chemical imbalance is a catch-all term to describe depression not caused by either your history (abuse, instability etc) or non organic (not a tumor, low blood level of something etc) there isnt a way to test this as such since they're still not entirely sure how depression and antidepressants work. did you find out which part of the fluoxetine you were allergic to? whether it was the actual drug or one of the additives/coatings? i hope that the appointment went well - good luck xxx

    your depression could be due to not understanding yourself? Perhaps you do not have depression and have mild autism - understanding this could make you feel more confortable and happy with yourself.

    im 17 and have severe acne round my chin and mouth, i was refered to the hospital and they recommended roaccutane but the side affects are really bad and can give you depression and some people have made suicide attemps and i have a family history of really bad depression, so i was wondering weather i should take it or not? please help!!! thanks





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    I have been a sufferer of this dreadful condition since my 20s. In common with everyone else here I didn't recognise it until recently. I also suffer with major depression and the two are very different I can tell you! The same symptoms of severe depression with suicidal ideas and intent are there but when I was depressed it was constant, whereas the PMDD symptoms last only 24 -48 hrs. My mind feels invaded by someone else and I have no insight when it happens which is scary. I found only minimal benefit from the pill and whilst taking antidepressants for depression things were somewhat better. Now I am in trouble as trying for a baby so off all meds. 2 years trying and nothing so far, and have to put up with the PMDD for now. Find it helpful if my husband reminds me that's what is happening when I tell him I don't feel good, then I can remind myself that it will be better in 2 days.





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    I'm only 18 and my hair is receding! And as pathetic as it may sound, severe depression has kicked in due to it, at 18 I have no money for an operation! I have thick hair but my hairline is like the McDonald's sign. I'm seriously down and the depression is only getting worse and I fear where it may lead, I need help, anything!!!





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    Just wanted to add - dont know if anyone else has similar problems...to touch the skin around the vulva,or rub even softly, it is almost as if the skin sort of peels away, leaving red sore skin underneath, and more recently, i scratched an itch on my ankle, and the skin therre appeared to do the same. i now have a sore exposed area on my ankle. anyone else had anything similar? i ahve had behcets for years and get various symptoms, including oral and genital lesions and ulcers, aswell as extreme lethargy and bowel problems. x





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    Hi. I was diagnosed with dsap over 12 years ago. Never told to stay out of the sun so carried on going away on holidays to hot climates, using high spf but still on the beach, around the pool etc. I'm a runner so didn't do anything to cover up when running in the sunshine. As a result my dsap has got much much worse even though for the past 4 years I havnt exposed my skin to uv rays. Living in UK it's easier to do this but still it IS limiting. No more holidays in the sun, what is the point and now use spf 50 under longs sleeves and trousers but still it gets worse. there is NO cure and in this country NO help whatsoever. My health is good so in answer to your question re lethargy, no I do not ever feel that way. Bonnie

    iam 21 and i have no boobs at all, i dont take off my top during sex the light has also got to be off so its dark, i suffer from depression and have done 4 over a year now i have a 2yr old daughter and i thought the depression was because or bringin her up on my own but i really dont think its because of that i think its because i have no self confidence because of the way i look iam very thin and would love to put weight on and have breasts. i get really upset and would like something done about it so i can be happy and get off my anti depressents PLEASE HELP





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    I am not too worried about loss of sensation, as i don't really have too much already. As for sex, with my depression, my confidence and self esteem is a constant low, the lowest it has ever been, and it has caused me to develop an angry mood constantly, anything and everything annoys and irritates me because of my issues, and as a result, my sex life has already been ruined. All which is fault of my own. I have constant guilt about how my relationship with my boyfriend has become, because of my depression, I have pushed everyone away, and he is all I have left, I know I will end up losing him if changes to me aren't made, I want these changes for me, and no one else, but my looks are what trigger the depression and anger. The hardest thing is that I have reached the end, I have tried and tried and there is nothing else in my power that I feel I can do, I cant even help myself, when it is me that is the problem. As time has gone on, I knew that eventually I wouldn't be able to go out in public, and that has become true, I struggle so much, and it leads me to tears and anger at every single female. Self harm has been a persistant thing due to my depression. I would love to have children one day, but with the way I am, I wouldn't dare to bring a child into this mess, my mind is not stable enough, I am so desperate for the surgery, I wish people took me more seriously, I am 19, and I am technically a woman and of age, I just wish I felt and looked like one.

    Hi, I have an underbite where my lower jaw is about 3mm longer then my top jaw. I feel really embarrassed about it. A lot of my friends and family sometimes say that I mumble, because I can't pronounce certain words properly. I also don't smile in my photos, because it don't look right. Due to this, I have been sufffering from depression, and have been to counselling. I have come to the end of my tether. I'm 34, and have not been working for 2 years now, due to my depression. I know the operation costs thousands. I can't attract women because of it. I don't know what to do, and am in despair.

    Hello I have suffered for years with infections, pain and uncomfortable sex but no more! I actually got to see an excellent doctor whom within minutes explained that I had a cystocele, rectocele and a prolapsed womb! I am 38 and thought that these things only happened to the older ladies, but definitely not. I am now 8 weeks post op, I have had a hysterectomy a TOT tape for the cystocele/rectocele and a full pelvic floor reconstruction. I feel like a new woman and would say to anyone whom feels embarrassed or doesn't feel that they are being listened to to shout. Although the recovery was hard at first I am no longer embarrassed by leaks, in pain constantly or moody due to lethargy.





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    Hi Wendy I am am in the same situation as you (prolapsed everything) except I am 48 and gave birth via a vacum delivery about a year ago. I knew everything felt wrong after the delivery. I had 2 other children who I had many years ago. :( I am currently considering having surgery. I am afraid of the recovery especially with a little one to care for. But I don't think I can go on with the way I feel.

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