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My psychiatrist says I have clinical depression

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Hi, everyone. I met with college psychiatrist this past Thursday to inquire about whether I indeed have clinical depression and am chemically imbalanced. He asked me bunch of Qs before finally telling me I satisfy 5 out of 9 conditions which is enough to qualify as clinical depression. Regarding, chemical imbalance thing, he said there isn't really official test that determines a person's chemical imbalance but said with clinical depression, I am probably chemically imbalanced as well.
After 9 years of bout with severe depression, I finally feel relieved that I am officially diagnosed with clinical depression. That I finally know I indeed have an illness, albeit doesn't seem serious to many people unless they go through it themselves.
Regarding the possibility of taking anti-depressants, he asked me to do a research on it and get back to him in 2 weeks to decide whether to take them or not.
In the meantime, I am continuing my individual therapy and soon will start group therapy as well. I know it is MY depression, that I am in charge of helping myself to get out of this misery. That is why I am trying anything, trying strenuously, to get better, and ultimately be free from this torturous feeling.
That is the update of my current life. I wish you guys the best.
I am glad you took the necessary steps to find this out Hank. Now you have other decisions regarding where to go from here. weigh your options carefully. I am sure you will make the choice that is best for you. Thanks for the update. :hug:


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Try adjusting your sleep habits (if they are unhealthy, that is) as well as diet (not in cutting calories, just what foods you eat). This might help to some degree.
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