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HI, I suffer from depression OKMH0216100

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HI, I suffer from depression and have been taking anti-depressants for a while now but feel the need to talk to a porfessional about my condition as well as join a support group online. does this forum provide this?

Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC replied 1 year ago.
Hello, I'd like to help you with your question.

Just Answer is a question and answer site. While you can ask as many questions as you want, it is not set up to provide therapy in the traditional sense. There are some people who wish to work with one person and will request their assistance exclusively (through putting the expert's name before each question they ask and/or requesting them through the JA site) to have consistency. This is often a way to get advice and professional input through an established relationship with a certain therapist, but it is not considered therapy.

There are no support groups on Just Answer. But there are many on line that can help you with depression. I would be happy to recommend some if you would like.

I hope this has helped you,
Kate
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

thank you for your reply. would be grateful if you could.

Expert:  Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC replied 1 year ago.
No problem. Here are some support group sites as well as other very helpful links for depression:

http://psychcentral.com/resources/Depression/Support_Groups /

http://depression.supportgroups.com/

http://helpguide.org/mental/depression_signs_types_diagnosis_treatment.htm

http://www.nami.org/

http://helpguide.org/topics/depression.htm

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression/complete-index.shtml

Kate
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Thank you. I have just read one of you conversations on another recent question you had, and think I might have BPD as it describes my relationships exactly. is there any cure or medication one can take? it leaves me often in a sad and lonely place seldom getting what need from people.

Expert:  Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC replied 1 year ago.
If you feel you have BPD, you might want to have an evaluation first by a mental health therapist just to be sure. You don't want to treat something you are not sure you have so an evaluation would give you a confirmation that what you feel you have is indeed BPD and not just symptoms from something else.

If you do have BPD, then therapy and self help (learning more about BPD) are the best courses of treatment. BPD does not respond to medications (though if you have symptoms related to it such as anxiety, you can take a mild anti anxiety to help) but it will respond to therapy. Insight and willingness to address the symptoms are the keys to recovery. Here is a link to help you learn more about BPD:

http://psychcentral.com/lib/2007/symptoms-of-borderline-personality-disorder/

Kate
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