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i live by myself going to school. im so lonely right now. usually my bf stays with me on sunday nights but because of the weather he had to go. usually i have a good hour or two of homwork/studying a night, but even though im busy i get so deprssed here. i just got back from spring break at my parents house and right now its even worse. i am considering going back on anit -drespressant ( i was on them last year for about 6 months, they really helped me out) any advice from anyone? this isn't a one ngiht thing, this is a everyday thing

Sun. Mar 12, 8:35pm

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Go back on the meds! Life is too short not to enjoy each moment! And the PT ppl are here all the time, you are never alone =D

Sunday, March 12, 2006, 9:13 PM

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Hi there. If antidepressants helped you before, they will help you again. Everybody feels lonely sometimes and feeling depressed isn't your fault. I'm on Celexa for my depression, and although I feel lonely, too, I can handle it better.

Sometimes just going to the grocery store and interacting with the cashier helps, or calling a friend on the phone. Tonight will be over and in the morning you'll be around your school friends!

Sunday, March 12, 2006, 10:02 PM

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You're never alone! There's always someone on here :)

Bradway

P.S. I can be found as ahendrix724 on window's messenger if you ever really need someone to talk to.

Sunday, March 12, 2006, 10:23 PM

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Have you tried getting yourself a small "full-spectrum" light? or maybe even some full-spectrum light bulbs?

If your place is too dark, it can sometimes give you the "Seasonal Affective Disorder" (SAD)... and maybe the extra light will help your depression a bit.

Also, have you tried joining a social group? Maybe find a hobby or see if there are any student or young professional groups that you can do things with. That may help to ease the loneliness a bit?

Exercise and fresh air can also help lift the spirits-- If you are spending most of your days inside a dark room or house, the extra stimulation of daylight (even if it is gray outside) should help lift the spirits a bit...

And, on the days you feel really blah, make sure to put on your favorite outfit (i.e. one that makes you feel good when wearing it--and also one that makes you LOOK good), add a little make-up, etc. and "fix yourself up" as though you were going out on the town or something.... You'll be surprised at how much better you feel,when the face and body looking back at you from the mirror is one that is positive and radiant.... (And, yes, even the act of Smiling is supposed to help!! - get your favorite funny movie and give yourself a good belly laugh.. it will help to lift your spirits!)

Do you have a therapist that you can talk to? If the meds worked in the past, that may be helpful, but maybe trying some non-medication remedies can also help to lift your spirits....I'm personally a big believer in trying to not medicate yourself unless absolutely necessary... :-)

Monday, March 13, 2006, 10:15 AM

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last poster here again...

I forgot to mention that my last year of college, I also felt very lonely-- I lived way far away from campus, didn't have a roommate (the person who was supposed to live with me bailed at the last moment).

I lived in an apartment where there weren't any students and I didn't know anyone there. My boyfriend would come up on the weekends, and during the week, I would spend many hours on the phone begging him to come and visit me because I was so lonely.... Most of my friends had graduated the year before, but I had come back to school to finish another degree, so the people who were my support (my best friends, my boyfriend, etc.) were no longer accessible to me...

I ended up coping by staying up on campus more-- trying to get involved with some other student activities, and I tried to basically only go to my apartment to sleep and eat... Otherwise, I would have been extremely depressed and lonely, since I didn't know anyone, and didn't have friends nearby any more...

Many times, I'd ride my bike to campus and stay at the studios (I was an art major) until the wee hours of the morning-- just to avoid going back to an empty apartment....

At one point, I had a really bad flu-- to the point where I nearly passed out when standing up... I was terrified--thought I might die and no one would notice until my body started to smell.... I was terribly lonely!!

Looking back, I think if I had not made the effort to be on campus so much during that time, I would have suffered from major depression as well!! Biking really did help to rev up my energy (I was about 2-3 miles from campus) and got me out into the fresh air.... I'm actually glad that when I was in school the internet was pretty new-- otherwised, I might have gotten online too much and that could add to the depression because of lack of physical exercise and daylight.


Monday, March 13, 2006, 10:22 AM

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