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I have been feeling really depressed for the past 7 days,

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I have been feeling really depressed for the past 7 days, right after I was sick (fever for 2 days, migraine on 3rd day) . My depression lasts for most of the day and it peaks from about 3pm to 6 pm, and I have trouble sleeping at night. I have no history of depression nor do I have anything to be depressed about; there are many things that are coming up that i have to look forward to, but I still feel really sad and worried. I would like to know if this will pass (temporary) or if I should seek help (counselor, therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist)?
Hi eavelar. I'm sorry you haven't been feeling well. I would say that if you don't have any history of depression, it might be a little premature to seek professional help at this point (unless of course you want to). It's not necessarily uncommon to feel a little depressed after you have been sick; and since that is when you noticed it started, I would think it is related to the illness.

Continue to take good care of yourself with your diet and exercise, and give yourself a little more time to fully recover. I would also suggest engaging in as many activities (both fun and necessary) as you feel you can. Acting as though you are not depressed is a very good way to feel better. If you don't find yourself moving past this within a couple of weeks, then I think it would be a good time to consult a therapist to see what else might be going on. Feel better soon! Please let me know if I can answer any further questions. Tamara
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
That sounds good and I pray that this will pass. If it does persist the same, what kind/type of depression would you categorize it as? and is it easily fixed? I know you may not know because you have limited information, but know a little more will ease my tension....I'm really scared. Thank you!
Hi again. I would say that, given you don't have a history of depression, it wouldn't be difficult to treat. Although it does depend on the severity of your symptoms, of course - but it doesn't sound like your symptoms are horribly bad. The criteria for clinical depression require 5 of the following during the same 2 week period: 1) depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day; 2) loss of interest in all activities, or most activities, most of the day, nearly every day; 3) significant weight loss, or change in appetite; 4) insomnia or hypersomnia nearly every day; 5) psychomotor retardation or agitation nearly every day; 6) fatigue or loss of energy; 7) feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt; 8) trouble concentrating or making decisions; 9) recurrent thoughts of death or suicide ideation. These are the criteria for a major depressive episode. It doesn't sound like you would meet all those criteria, which is good.

Try not to be scared. Ongoing depression is treatable - through therapy or medication, or a combination of both. If you find it is not resolving itself, the sooner you seek treatment the better. But I suspect you will be feeling better soon. Take care. Tamara
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Ok, I promise this is the last. My symptoms are that bad, i'm depressed most of the day (never 100% happy for past 7 days). I don't feel like doing anything (work or school), I don't want to eat, I cant sleep, i feel agitated....i have the majority of the symptoms you described. So, I'm guessing i should seek help.
So, my last question would be...where do I go? Who should I see?
OK. Don't worry about asking another question. I want you to feel better. You want to seek help from a licensed psychologist or mental health counselor. A psychiatrist would also be a possibility, but usually psychiatrists deal with the medication aspect of mental disorders, not the therapy aspect. So you can ask friends (if you feel comfortable doing so) if they know of anyone. Sometimes a word of mouth referral feels easier to pursue. If that doesn't work, there are many online referral services you can consult for therapists in your area. Here are some links:

Any of these sites should help you find some names in your area. From there you want to call and talk with them, ask any questions you might have, and make sure that it is someone you feel comfortable with. And remember, if you don't like the first person, it's OK to find someone else. Good luck to you. You'll be fine. Let me know if I can be of any further help. Tamara
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thank you so much for your help!
You are very welcome! Take care.