Lots of little questions about depression
April 8, 2008 2:28 PM Subscribe
Help me decide how to treat my depression
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (25 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I’m a late 20s grad student in my final year of my PhD. In addition to being single and poor, I am also suffering from constant anxiety about finding a post-doc before the end of the year (when my funding runs out). So since about December 07, I’ve been generally tired, less excited about stuff (including work) and worry if I will end up as an over educated barista in 2009. These are clearly symptoms of anxiety and depression.
I need help deciding whether or not I talk to a doctor and go on anti-depressants. Two thoughts here:
a) Part of me thinks that these are all not just in my head. I mean, I really am poor (can’t change that till I finish my doctorate), post-docs in my field are scarce (everyone recognizes it) and being single (which I don’t blame on anything) is not exactly helping. In fact, if I didn’t worry under these circumstances then there really would be something wrong with me (or so I rationalize). Should I just hang in there and ride it out?
b) A second thought I’ve had is just to go to my GP, describe above mentioned symptoms and get a prescription. If it works then great. And if not, I did explore a logical option and I can rule that out. Two worries here:
i. I generally don’t take any prescription meds. In the past 10 years the only prescription I’ve had is for seasonal allergies. Does this go on my permanent record something (that I took anti-depressants?) For example, could this somehow play a role in preventing me from becoming a faculty, making tenure, or reaching some otherwise prestigious position?
iii. If depression is so common these days and it’s really not such a big deal to take meds, how did people deal in the past? Were there just loads of unhappy people that just had to deal? or were people happy in general because they didn't have the kinds of pressures we have now?
Other random info: I eat healthy, exercise infrequently [of late], and have pretty decent health coverage.
Sorry for the barrage of questions but I have no one else to ask. Thanks!