Hello, I have just found this site and my heart goes out to all those struggling with any form of depression. My case, seems a mild one but I was wondering if there is any advice out there. I am 18 years old and this year I have been receiving cognitive behavioural therapy for OCD behaviour and mild depression. At a younger age I suffered from anxiety related eating disorders and compulsions such as washing my hands until they bled and turning of all the lights in my house to save energy, fearing bad things would happen if I didn't. With help, these problems went away but after the death of a close family member they seemed to crop up again. I have an extremely negative trail of thoughts, I doubt myself entirely, hate the way I look and think the worse of situations always, which has a particular effect on close relationships - I often push people away without meaning to. The cognitive behavioural therapy has helped but the negative thoughts always come back and I rarely sleep at night. I have recently been making myself throw up, smoke a lot and don't eat properly. This has a real impact on my life, I have no motivation or enjoyment in doing or concentrating on anything, I just want to sleep or smoke. I was wondering if there was any advice out there, as I am not sure if this is in anyway depression related? My elder brother suffers with clinical depression and psychosis so my heart goes out to all those on here as I have witnessed the struggle he is currently going through. Some help would be fantastic, thank you so much
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