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Old 01-01-2019, 06:23 PM   #1
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Does anybody have dysthymia or persistent depressive disorder? I don't feel like I've got the right kind of depression to fit in on this forum.

Or maybe I'm just irritable because I have hip replacement surgery in one week and I'm scared
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Does anybody have dysthymia or persistent depressive disorder? I don't feel like I've got the right kind of depression to fit in on this forum.

Or maybe I'm just irritable because I have hip replacement surgery in one week and I'm scared
Sorry to hear that you are scared about your surgery Monticello. I hope it will go smoothly for you. I don't know if I have PDD or MDD; professionals have not broken that down for me. I just call it 'chronic.'

What would help you on a forum...what would make it feel like the right forum for you? I've heard there are other psych forums out there...this is the only one I've tried. There's a chat this eve with the psych provider who started this site if you think that would help you.
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Thanks for your reply, Hopefully Lost. I just wrote one back and the computer ate it, which fits right in with my mood tonight.

What I would like is to talk with someone who has PDD rather than MDD. I have been fortunate to never have had a depressive episode where I could not get out of bed and I am afraid that those who have will not think I have a problem. There are no PDD forums running currently - the last post I found was from 2017. My son has PDD, but I'm the Mom so, while I can commiserate with him, I still have to be strong. My brother has PDD but we don't have the kind of relationship where we can talk about it much.

I have been in a relatively good place the last 4-5 months after a medication change, but prepping for this surgery has got me down. This is my second one so I know what's coming.
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It's perfectly understandable to feel down while prepping for surgery...it is a major event in your life and it's logical that it would affect your emotions. What's your expected recovery time? Is your MD kind?

I certainly would not judge anyone's level or type of depression..."major" or otherwise. Everyone needs and deserves support and understanding in life. I hear you regarding needing to be the strong one for your son. I imagine that must be very challenging particularly during times when you need some extra nurturing for yourself. May I ask if you are married or partnered? If so, does your S.O. understand?

Any in-person support groups in your area? Or you prefer something anonymous? Are you open to speaking with a therapist...even just to get you through this surgical recovery? Somewhere along my random travels here on PC, I saw a member who identified as living with dysthymia. I cannot recall their name but if I find that post again I will send it to you if you'd like.

What brings you comfort Monticello? Big or small.
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There is no "right" kind of depression for this forum. Even within a specific type of depression symptoms can manifest differently, wildly so. Even within a single person it can wildly change from day to day. They all deserve help when needed.



I am sorry about your surgery. I am sure it will work out fine. I have a lot of medical procedures coming up and have had surgeries so I understand the anxiety. Yes, it can make MH issues worse.
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Thank you for your replies. I do have a therapist that I like and I have been seeing her for years. My surgeon is nice, although a little hyper. But he did a great job on my first hip, so I am confident he'll do it again. But now I know what's going to happen which makes me anxious which triggers depression. My husband was my nurse last time and he'll be doing it again. So my support system is all in place.

But talking to someone with dysthymia would be nice, kind of like talking to the moms in play group rather than the pediatrician right out of school. She may have the medical knowledge but the moms have been there.
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I have dysthymia, or as I like to call it, layers of crap. You can respond here or PM me if you want to talk.
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I also feel like I don't have the "right kind" of depression to fit in anywhere. My therapist has said I have dysthymia. I can get up and go to work and do what I need to do and nobody notices that I am struggling. It's incredibly lonely and I am feeling more and more alone all the time.
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Sorry to hear about your surgery. Surely it will work out fine.
I have been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. For me it includes hearing voices along with persistent depressive disorder with periods of acute episodes accompanied by panic attacks. I do hear voices but my reality orientation is intact. Right now I am experiencing one such acute depressive episode. I can't take up a job bc of memory issues and have no friends at where I live. So like tired1234 I feel incredibly lonely and every day I m feeling more and more alone.
I m on an anti-psychotic bc otherwise my voices get more loud and get me agitated... but the anti-psychotic gets me a lot depressed I guess.
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Get well soon Monticello. I hope your recovery goes well.

I don't think any depression is the right kind. Perhaps it is preferred is we respond quickly to meds and make a full recovery.

For those of us with ongoing disorders, it feels like we are held responsible...

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