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Unread 03-08-2013, 12:26 AM   #1
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I'm 25 and was recently diagnosed with mild to moderate depression, which I still don't really know what that means. I've been feeling "sad" for 4 months now, and back in January it started to affect my daily life. I feel very scared because I have never experienced something like this before. I just started taking Zoloft, not even a week into it, and my first counseling appointment isn't until the 29th of this month. I guess I'm just looking for any advice, words of encouragement, or some hope that this WILL go away.
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Unread 03-08-2013, 11:54 AM   #2
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Hello & Welcome, RSha. I've suffered with depression for a long time, but when I read your post about starting both meds and therapy after 'only' four months of mild-to-moderate depression, I'm encouraged. I would expect your chances of full recovery are high -- much higher than many who do not seek or receive treatment for months and even years after symptoms appear.

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RSha, the type of depression (when it isn't "reactive" ordinary sadness) is usually called clinical depression and just means a chemical imbalance that interferes with normal feelings, motivation, energy. I had a good reaction to Zoloft but it took me a month. My main mistake was not getting counseling to go with the meds. Talk to your T (therapist) and you will come up with a plan to get out of this mood. If by chance you and your T do not "click" then you gotta bite the bullet and get another T, do not wait. TALK is a must, so is getting some exercise. Don't be scared, you'll be okay it just takes some patience.
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