Stress? or Depression?

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    Nov 14, 2010 3:04 AM GMT
    I have for some reason lost interest in going to the gym. I took a test booster back in March of this year and I gained muscle but also fat and I cant seem to loose the extra 20 pounds I want to loose. I cant seem to stick to healthy foods, or go to the gym. I hate going out because a few people have approached me who were my coworkers at my previous job and they said you gained weight! Ive always been self consious about my weight, looks, etc. As of lately I have a hard time trusting my close friends. My best friend who I have not seen for about 5 or 6 months because he is married and has a baby now is hard cause we used to do a lot of stuff together. And Ive been living on paycheck to paycheck until now about a month ago I was able to finishing getting rid of my debt. Im starting school again in Januray but dont know what to do in life anymore. Its as if Ive lose modivation. icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 14, 2010 3:43 AM GMT
    If you already have depression (as a chemical imbalance), stress can trigger it.
    <-- Been there many many times.
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    Nov 14, 2010 3:46 AM GMT
    Look at the bright side of things.

    You're young, you're going to school. If all goes well, you have many years left on this planet, so u might as well make the best of it.

    Make new friends at school. Take up a new hobby, start a blog, read a book, get into photography, travel to new places, meet new people, dont take urself so seriously. Be thankful that u have ur health. Go for a walk, hike, etc. Go to the gym, fuck what everyone is saying about u. Just do it.

    I know its easier said than done, but u gotta start somewhere.
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    Nov 14, 2010 7:26 PM GMT
    I think its good advice also. It's not the same thing but I also have issues with how others perceive me. I think the more we grow into ourselves, versus what society at large has put on us...the happier we are. Easier said than done,


    and Paulflexes...I can under stress relapse into obsessive compulsive behavior, so I know what thats all about.
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    Nov 14, 2010 7:29 PM GMT
    stress leading to depression:

    been there, done that! long and often *sigh*
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    Nov 15, 2010 1:56 AM GMT
    Sylas saidand Paulflexes...I can under stress relapse into obsessive compulsive behavior, so I know what thats all about.
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    Nov 15, 2010 2:21 AM GMT
    OP, I know what you mean. I had a mini stroke back in June and the lingering effects from that include anxiety and exhaustion. I don't leave my place much, with the exception to go to work (where the work stress is just awful).

    After being on Zoloft for 6 weeks, it made me very tired but my doc has me on Pristiq right now, which is making me feel better.

    I hope you have seen your doctor regarding this and your lack of interest in doing things. It's depression and some meds should help you.
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    Nov 15, 2010 2:22 AM GMT
    I replaced the gym with other things and now Im finding I don't want to go back to the gym haha. Im comfortable where Im at but Im still going to goto the gym because of sports icon_mad.gif
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    Dec 05, 2010 1:10 AM GMT
    clinical signs of depression,


    early waking in the morning
    loss of appetite
    loss of libido
    loss of motivation (anhedonia)
    feeling of helplessness
    feeling of hopelessness
    feelings of guilt

    going on for over 6 weeks.

    looks like ur just down about ur looks and have become bored of the gym, dont think ur clinically depressed. Tell the gym to piss off and find another fun way to exercise like a sport or outdoor activity and I bet ur fitness and self esteem will come back.