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Treatment for mental depression - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I think I'm depressed - I want to describe my symptoms and get an opinion as to whether it's worth me going to get an official diagnosis from a doctor.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello there
Doctor :   sure please tell me
User :   okay I've looked online for symptoms but realise I can't diagnose myself - I'm unhappy nearly every day, I'm not motivated, I lack energy, I think everyone is better than I am... I've been feeling this way for about 3 years but never thought of depression because I don't mope and I don't want to cut myself or anything like that
User :   I thought it was lack of confidence or even laziness but I can't pull myself out of it, bought a lot of self help books too
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   20, female
User :   also been experiencing heart flutterings coupled with shortness of breath if I'm lying down, not often, about once a week
Doctor :   i see
Doctor :   are there any stressful moments in your life ?>
User :   nothing I shouldn't be able to handle - deadlines and such
Doctor :   and do you stay alone >??
Doctor :   how is your friends circle and your relationship with your family ?
User :   no, I have a boyfriend but am becoming far too dependent on him - not many friends, good relationship with immediate family but not an easy family life, my mother is depressed and drinks a lot, quite a broken family
User :   I know my uncle has suffered with depression too
User :   also I don't react like I should to bad news - I don't feel anything at all
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   well i must say that i appreciate one thing in you that you are taking a initiative to find out whats wrong with you
Doctor :   thats very crucial, the sense of taking car of one self
User :   yes, I need to find out what the problem is now before I mess up my final year of university
Doctor :   Depression as such has many classification and stages
Doctor :   so its not compulsory that if you are not having typical signs of symptoms
Doctor :   that you cant be depressed
Doctor :   so i would suggest you that you should set up an appointment with psychiatrist. there is absolutely nothing wrong in that
Doctor :   you feeling low for about 3 years now does means you should seek counseling
Doctor :   and get it out of your system and you can concentrate on your future
User :   okay, so you think it's worth me going to a doctor to see if they can help me?
Doctor :   sure i think so you should , just a counseling session will be really helpful to you
User :   okay, thank you for your help!
Doctor :   Your most welcome
Doctor :   Take care of your self
Doctor :   goodbye
User :   thanks, goodbye
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