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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is my depression clinical and should i seek help for it?

    My depressive episodes are really weird. They sometimes last around 2 weeks (my best guess is around 13-18 days but my most recent episode lasted a 1.5 months) and during this time it's absolutely horrible. I'm super suicidal during those weeks and I get crying spells. I also won't be able to stop SI'ing and I get super scared of myself because I think that I might actually take my life. It got really bad at one point where I started hearing and seeing things (happened to me last year; not that recent though) and it was almost like another part of me was haunting me and telling me to kiill myself. (I should also mention that usually my depression is caused by a trigger). Then after this I just feel 'down' for a month with a lot of anxiety. But then sometimes at moments my mood randomly drops to depression and that lasts about maybe 2-3 hours or so (maybe a bit more). Then after all this I'm finally in a more stable mood. Is this something I should be concerned about or is this normal?
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    Shelley Murphy

    Counsellor, Psychotherapist

    I work with Solution Focused Therapies with particular success with clients who have been controlled by their anxiety, phobias, depression, relationship, communication and self worth … View Profile

    You have not said how long these depressive episodes have been impacting your life or whether you have had treatment in the past. Therefore I think it would be valuable for you to go to your Doctor to discuss the symptoms that you are having. Your Doctor will be able to assess if there are any medical issues which are contributing to your depressive episosdes. Your Doctor will then be able to refer you to a suitable Mental Health practitioner to learn how to manage the symptoms that you are having if that is determined as the best treatment option.

    Regarding your question about should you be concerned? It is my opinion if your mental state is leading you to feeling suicidal, anxious and depressed than that is having a big impact on your quality of life. 

    There is a great deal of support out there and your quality of life can be improved by accessing this support so why not give it a try? It maybe that you do have a condition which can be resolved/supported with a medication regime.

    Talking to a professional will answer your questions and put your mind at ease regarding your question about what is normal. After all what is normal for one person may not be the case for another person. I think the rule of thumb is that if the situation is causing you concern, or is causing you to question if you are normal, or is having a negative impact on the quality of your like than it is best to act. Therefore I would recommend that you book an appointment with your Doctor as soon as possible. If you don't have a regular Doctor than book into a health clinic.

    In the meantime there are supports available 24 hours a day , 7 days a week which provide access to skilled counsellor should you be feeling suicidal 

    The Suicide Call Back Service :1300 659 467

    Life Line 13 11 14

    Kind regards


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