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Am I depressed??

Hi Everyone...

Im just wondering if someone can help me...

ok a little bit about me im 21 I have a 5 yr old son and am 15 weeks pregnant (different fathers) but have been with my current partner for 3 yrs and my son and him have adopted eachother as father and son... My partner and I have a great relationship we are best friends and have never had an arguement.. We have a beautiful house however money is tight which is quite suffocating....so my home life is quite complete....

Almost 2 yrs ago I was diagnosed with a severe back condition and was put on oxy contin and valium and endep and a load of other benzos and opiates I have spent the past 6 months reducing down and now am completely off them which im happy about although the pain is still there...

What im getting too though is the last 3 months I have had this awful bothered feeling around me, an unhappy feeling and im always tired and have no motivation to do anything I barely sleep at night and I just want the bubbly excited me back that would put everything into everyday...

do you think im depressed??

thanks
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Here are the symptoms for a diagnosis of depression from ************:

    Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, as indicated by either subjective report (e.g., feeling sad or empty) or observation made by others (e.g., appears tearful). (In children and adolescents, this may be characterized as an irritable mood.)
    Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day
    Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain (e.g., a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month), or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day.
    Insomnia or hypersomnia nearly every day
    Psychomotor agitation or retardation nearly every day
    Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day
    Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt nearly every day
    Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day
    Recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide

In addition, for a diagnosis of major depression to be made, the symptoms must not be better accounted for by Bereavement, i.e., after the loss of a loved one, the symptoms persist for longer than 2 months or are characterized by marked functional impairment, morbid preoccupation with worthlessness, suicidal ideation, psychotic symptoms, or psychomotor retardation.
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Yes, it does sound like you're depressed, and you need to meet with a psychiatrist for an evaluation.  Depression robs us of everything and if left untreated it can control our lives.  Therapy is very beneficial, and a psychiatrist can determine what type of therapist would benefit you most. Therapy can be a lengthy process and medication may be needed in the meantime, and psychiatrists are most knowledgeable when it comes to the medications used to control our symptoms. Dealing with constant pain can be very depressing and with therapy you can learn how to cope better.  Know you're not alone and with help you will feel much better.  We're always here for you!
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Thank you heaps... ill talk to my doc on friday...
Im not suicidal I just think im a little worried about this pregnancy.. children are hard work and the different father thing is bothering me.

thankyou xo
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