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  • Shared Experiences

    Share your experiences in the Depression Community

    Welcome to the Healthshare Depression Community for people, carers and health professionals who have experience with depression. This is your community and we want to get to know you so please reply to this message to introduce yourself. Tell us what you hope to get out of your community experience. We're looking forward to hearing from you. Happy healthsharing!
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  • Darryl @team healthshare

    HealthShare Member

    Hi Nicky

    Thanks for creating this community. I know that the team @beyondblue are fully behind this initiative and together we will build a safe and secure place for Australians to discuss mental health topics such as depression.



  • Jenny Johnson

    HealthShare Member

    Hi I have just joined this community to hopefully have people to chat to who understand what I am going through, especially when I am having a low day.  I find when I try to chat to others who have no idea they feel they need to tell me what I need to do, they don't realise I actually know what I need to do to solve some of the things I am not happy about in my life but I struggle to find the energy or motivation to put the effort in to do those things.

  • Nicky @team healthshare

    HealthShare Member

    Hi j77, thanks for introducing yourself and welcome to Healthshare. I hope you find others in a similar situation who can connect and share with you. Please feel free to start discussions or ask questions of the community. Let me know if you need any help getting started. Thank you, Nicky

  • Rachael Miller

    HealthShare Member

    Hello everyone! I am a counsellor/group facilitator in the Sydney area. Southern Community Welfare in Kirrawee is thinking about starting a depression support group in partnership with The Black Dog Insitute. If anyone should be interested and want to be informed of when this group commences (should be Term 2 and Term 4 of this school year) please send me a message!

    Warm regards,

  • Natalie Andrew

    HealthShare Member


    I am new to this community hoping to chat to poeple who have and or understand Major Depression, I had a mental break down 5 months ago, I am still struggling to get my life back together but find the motivation to life life just isn't there anymore.

  • Anonymous


    I have never used the Internet for this sort of help. 

    I am in my late twentys and have been on Zoloft for over two years. Lately I feel I'm going backwards.   I try to talk to my partner but he doesn't understand. He rolls his eyes as if he is over it. I feel really alone and a sick feeling in my stomach, like i am still a child and stuck, alone and I don't know how to describe it.

    I feel like no matter how good lifeis going it doesn't feel ok.

  • CrazyJo

    HealthShare Member

    I am new to this site also. I have been fighting with depression and anxiety since I was a teenager (now 39). I know all my warning signs, know what I should be doing, tried every (well a lot anyway!) drug out there from anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, lithium, valium, etc, etc. At the moment I'm not taking anything (except Valium). I just don't know any more if anything will work. Done the counselling - psychologist, psychiatrist, GP, Social workers, Carers. Done the self-esteem course. Somehow I seem to still be in the same spot - going up and down like a yo-yo. I have a partner who I know I love but I just don't feel it. I have two beautiful daughters, 17 & 19, who I know I love even more than my partner, but again I just don't know if I can feel it. All I feel is miserable, angry, frustrated, tired, lonely, depressed, etc. I can feel these feelings no problem!! I just am at the end of my line. Just don't know what to do anymore. I am completely alone. No family in the same town as me (except for my youngest daughter and my partner), and my only true friend moved away a few months ago. I have no one to talk to and no where to turn. I sit and cry by myself and keep trying but I don't know how much longer I can fight on. I'm so tired of every day being such a battle. I wish I could make it all go away and just be happy like most other people. I'm not naive and think that everyone has it all fun and roses but I know sure as anything it shouldn't be like the life I have been given.

  • Noeline Rayner

    HealthShare Member

    Hi CrazyJo, I am sorry you are feeling so low and I can certainly relate to the feelings of numbness towards your loved ones, but I know that this is all part of the depressive illness.
    My Psychologist is using a method called NLP at the moment and this is helping me much more than other things I have tried such as CBT and Mindfulness and also other anti-depressants.
    I have also started walking every morning which means I have to take my medication (Prothiaden and Rivotril) earlier at night. The walking at 6.30 am helps to clear my head and I am also losing some weight.
    I don't think most other people are happy as everyone seems to have problems but it can certainly seem that the world is passing us by when we are caught up in the loneliness and despair of depression.
    I have alsom recently joined a depression support group and it is the one place I can go to and feel that I can be just me with no pretence and not feel judged. I can cry, I get the shakes, I can be vague and non-conversational - but we are alll in the same boat there and so I am accepted.
    My heart aches for you but please don't give up - there is light at the end of that tunnel even though you may feel you have hit rock-bottom at the moment.
    Take care and please see if there is a Depression Support Network somewhere near you.
    Lifeline 131114 is very helpful at times too.

  • lily

    HealthShare Member

    i just want to cuddle u all and hug you till u feel it i have had the yo yos of depression even diagnosed by my doc as having bi polar went on meds thought this is reddiculis i couldnt tell any one or they would ostrsize me like i have seen with my aunty took anti depressants at one point and completely went off the rails living recklessly and fell pregnant to 21 yearold when i was 35 stopped taking meds and litaly woke up and what the f#@& is going on got abort hemorged and ended up in hospital getting my uterus scooped out again to much slowly clawed my way back up pulling my son with me but always and i mean always looking like the million dollar mum that he deserved no father present so this is all the time. started dating and man had sex with me when i passed out ONE night after drinking to much and wham i'm pregnant so now i have a 2 year old and a hopeless father again drug alchohol addiction just your usual useless variety i'm sad though real sad and tired of holding it all up while everyone else does a shitty job why cant i find love i'm so lonley and not like needy just a god dam great person to have and hold to tip my head side ways on ther shoulder endearingly would be the most incrediable thing but i guess my cat will do i'm sad so sad with the state of people i see people like a homeless lady at xmas i just wanted to hug her and tell her its ok i get it i cant take you home give you xmas dinner and it all be good it just dont work like that but its feb and i still thinking about her i'm such a smart and articulate woman but it takes so much effort to just remember what to get at the grocery store to get there to walk out the house and always forget somthing when the doctor says when did yuor breast start to hurt and cant even remember if you ate today to turn off the computer cause you dont want the people around you to know your not going to make it your so tired of feeling that you have become numb and only bad stuff gets through cause its got the most easy accsess i am even to affraid to write that i dont want to go on on here even though its annom my life has been huge i have expirenced prostitution,abuse,rape,murder,child birth alone, abortion,neglect,desertion,sexual harrasment i just think i am to sensitive for this world and was probly wasnt surpose to survive tired dosent even begin to descibe me!

  • Motherof2

    HealthShare Member

    Oh Lily I'm so so sorry to hear what you have been through. That's more hurt than I can even bare to think about. I hope that you do find the happiness you deserve. I have joined this community because my cousin is severely depressed and I do t know how to help her. I have also had depression myself for a number of years but have managed to get it under control for the moment.

  • Peter4

    HealthShare Member

    Adapin (Doxepin) is used in the treatment of depression and anxiety. It belongs to a class of medications called tricyclic antidepressants for more Information visit International Drug Mart


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