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Could i have depression?

By October 26, 2009 - 9:49am
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i recently moved down to edmonton alberta back in april, away from my family and friends. i do have one friend that moved out here too, but i never see her. i'm more irratable, i get angry at little things, frustrated when things don't go my way or my fiance's way. i do have a 10 month old son, who is a complete angel. i lucked out with him. but i have a saddness deep down inside of me. i feel like crying for no reason, only because i miss windsor so much. i know gfetting used to a new town isn't easy. but is there a test i can take to see if i have depression? my brother does not want me on any pills like prozac. but i want to feel more better for my self. and my surrounding.

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Hello PrincessCoffee -
It's very common, and normal, for people to feel sadness for a period of time after a major loss, whether it's leaving a community, losing a job, getting divorced or other events that involve transition.
I too suggest you talk with your health care provider about your situation. I'd also recommend seeking out resources locally to learn more about your new community and meet your new neighbors. is there a Convention and Visitor's Bureau that provides local information? A Chamber of Commerce or other business group? A group associated with a neighborhood church or other spiritual organization?

I don't know your interests, and what's exactly right for you, but there's bound to be some organizations and activities in your new community that were like those in your prior home. Once you start thinking about one thing like that, it usually leads to thinking of more, and before you know it, you've got a lot of options to consider.

I don't mean in any way to diminish the impact of a major move. I come from a military family and have lived in multiple countries and states, and each move had challenges. But I also found that accepting the move and working to find out more about the new community made the transition a whole lot easier, and a lot more fun and led to new friendships.

Best wishes to you, and let us know how you're doing.

Take good care,

October 26, 2009 - 6:32pm
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