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ro901

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Depression
« on: June 27, 2010, 09:37:53 am »
Depression is endemic in the world today yet most people try to avoid talking about it and even deny it. If you find yourself suffering from depression, you can feel like you are alone in your struggle and that no one wants to hear about it and you can feel shame when people say "You have so much to be thankful for..count your blessings...etc." You can feel that you don't want to visit a doctor for this because you don't want to be labeled with some type of psychiatric diagnosis and possibly even put your job in jeopardy. You may want to try some type of herbal remedies or diet or anything to avoid having to take psychiatric medications or antidepressants. Maybe you have even tried these meds and found they did not work for you or even increased your suicidal thoughts. Most of them do come with that warning anyway. Maybe you have searched the Internet for others who are feeling the same as you. Yet, everywhere you look, you are told "cheer up, life aint so bad, what have you got to be depressed about...you're just feeling sorry for yourself...blah blah blah." All this only serves to increase your guilt and shame for feeling the way you do.

I wanted to start this thread to give people a place to express their feelings and not feel guilty or shameful. I hope that you can find some relief here and that you might share something that has helped you or not helped you.

Here is a link to the top 10 depression blogs put together by Psych Central. It is rather old (2007) but still contains some interesting links to bloggers who share their experience with depression, including a 12-year-old. The main thing that you need to know is that you are not alone. There are millions of others who are feeling the same way you do and you do not have to feel shame. Maybe some of these can bring you some relief and maybe inspire you to start your own blog about your experience and perhaps by doing so you may touch someone else in a positive way that brings some relief to them or at least find an outlet or pressure valve for your feelings.
This is Not a referral link as that is against the rules here at Fusion Cash.
http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2007/11/14/top-ten-depression-blogs/

If you have found other helpful places on the Internet for this type of discussion, I would like to see what you've found. I truly hope that this thread can be helpful and encouraging and not turn into a cyber attack on those who are already suffering.

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Re: Depression
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2010, 10:12:05 am »
ro, this is a subject that is near and dear to me as I suffered with this for many years of my life.  Thankfully through lots of trial and error and because I never gave up, I have been feeling good for years and do feel good most of the time now, but someone who does not suffer from the illness will NEVER fully understand what someone with this condition goes through.  To me, that was the worse part.  To not be understood and to feel so alone even when you are surrounded by people.  I freely talk about it anytime I get a chance because I never want another person to feel that hopelessness and loneliness that I felt.  Hopefully all of that is behind me but I will always be willing to help anyone that I can because it is as close to hell as I ever want to be and I pray every day that I never go back.

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Re: Depression
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2010, 10:44:44 am »
ro, this is a subject that is near and dear to me as I suffered with this for many years of my life.  Thankfully through lots of trial and error and because I never gave up, I have been feeling good for years and do feel good most of the time now, but someone who does not suffer from the illness will NEVER fully understand what someone with this condition goes through.  To me, that was the worse part.  To not be understood and to feel so alone even when you are surrounded by people.  I freely talk about it anytime I get a chance because I never want another person to feel that hopelessness and loneliness that I felt.  Hopefully all of that is behind me but I will always be willing to help anyone that I can because it is as close to hell as I ever want to be and I pray every day that I never go back.
Thank you, sam, for sharing that and congratulations on slaying the dragon! Yes, getting beyond the isolation and loneliness is often the greatest hurdle one can face. I wish you much continued success.

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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2010, 11:42:44 am »
ro, thank you so much for starting this thread, it was desperately needed. I have been labeled as serverly depressed almost 2 years after my husband and I were t-boned by a SUV while riding our Harley and I lost my left leg and a couple of fingers along with a hard rap to both sides of my head( no helmet). I'm on 200 mg of Wellbutrin a day which really hasn't helped alot. My Mom started me on Ginko Biloba twice a day and I can't believe the difference in my head in just a week! I don't feel 'cloudy' as much making it a little easier to make up my mind about choices from moment to moment, something that has been very frightening and frustrating for a long time now. And the other day I had an appointment with a lady whom I thought was supposed to be a shrink but in fact was a Pastoral Counselor. Talking to her was wonderful, she understood everything I had been through and am going through now. I am a religious person so I was open to her help where others may not be but she helped me feel NORMAL which I hadn't felt for so long even though my family tries to help me. I am blessed in a lot of ways and I know this repreive from 'emotional downside' won't last for long, but it sure does feel good right now.
Thank you, all of you for talking to all of us about your feelings and helping others to open up as well.
God Bless you all,
Belinda
 

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Re: Depression
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2010, 12:51:52 pm »
 :sad1:  I've had depression all my life, and it comes and goes. Somedays I just stay in bed and sleep, and that seems to be the best 'cure' so far.

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« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2010, 02:48:07 pm »
When I was 16, I was so depressed I fell into a Catatonic Walking Coma. I got all religious and stuff. It has been 12 years and I am still struggling with what happend as it has had long term effects. Thankfully I have a family who stuck by me and cared enough to help. I was so out of it for years and everything about me changed. People had to remind me to eat and everything, Depression sucks and it always leads to sucidal thoughts or attempts at least for me, Not Fun.  :crybaby2:
Thanks for sharing, Marie. Depression can start at a very early age and many times it goes ignored until it is too late. I was 12 years old when I first attempted suicide by overdosing on Tylenol. I do not recommend that!  I'm glad your family stuck by you. Too often, that is not the case for many. Good luck and much continued success in your life!

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Re: Depression
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2010, 03:01:02 pm »
:sad1:  I've had depression all my life, and it comes and goes. Somedays I just stay in bed and sleep, and that seems to be the best 'cure' so far.
Thanks for sharing, Debra. I have experienced times when I felt immobilized by depression. Others may call you lazy but if they've never been through it, they cannot understand. Anxiety can be a big part of depression and make you even afraid to get out of bed.

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Re: Depression
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2010, 03:32:02 pm »
ro, thank you so much for starting this thread, it was desperately needed. I have been labeled as serverly depressed almost 2 years after my husband and I were t-boned by a SUV while riding our Harley and I lost my left leg and a couple of fingers along with a hard rap to both sides of my head( no helmet). I'm on 200 mg of Wellbutrin a day which really hasn't helped alot. My Mom started me on Ginko Biloba twice a day and I can't believe the difference in my head in just a week! I don't feel 'cloudy' as much making it a little easier to make up my mind about choices from moment to moment, something that has been very frightening and frustrating for a long time now. And the other day I had an appointment with a lady whom I thought was supposed to be a shrink but in fact was a Pastoral Counselor. Talking to her was wonderful, she understood everything I had been through and am going through now. I am a religious person so I was open to her help where others may not be but she helped me feel NORMAL which I hadn't felt for so long even though my family tries to help me. I am blessed in a lot of ways and I know this repreive from 'emotional downside' won't last for long, but it sure does feel good right now.
Thank you, all of you for talking to all of us about your feelings and helping others to open up as well.
God Bless you all,
Belinda
 
God bless you, Belinda. I know you do not want sympathy but I am so sorry this happened to you. I wish you only the best and I admire you for your strength. Thanks so much for sharing.

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Re: Depression
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2010, 05:18:17 pm »
My depression is off and on but lately more on than off. It is very hard to see what is happening to the people in the gulf and to the animals in the sea and sky. I try very hard to turn away from it but that makes me feel bad and I feel so helpless. It truly hurts seeing this and I'm starting to get the feeling that they're are not going to stop this well. Right now, that is what is causing depression for me.
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Re: Depression
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2010, 05:49:50 pm »
If you are even begin to show signs of depression, start going out and exercise. I don't believe you can be depress when you are in the weight room lifting weights, it's just not possible.

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Re: Depression
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2010, 06:58:21 pm »
If you are even begin to show signs of depression, start going out and exercise. I don't believe you can be depress when you are in the weight room lifting weights, it's just not possible.
I do agree that exercise is essential and one of the best ways to fight depression. Some people are not able to exercise for various reasons, disabilities, injuries, sickness. I am quite fortunate living in a beautiful rural setting and I try to spend as much time as I can outdoors enjoying it. I enjoy it so much but even in my enjoyment, the underlying pain creeps in and the beauty around me only makes me more acutely aware of how fragile it is and I begin to feel so sad again.

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Re: Depression
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2010, 07:24:06 pm »
  :- Hey, I`m taking alcohol and drug counseling in college. One of my courses is co-occuring disorders. I`ve learned quite a bit about depression scene I have it also. There are plenty of medications out there to help! Talk with your doctor. Depression can be treated successfully. You do not have to live life like this anymore.  :heart:  :angel11:

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Re: Depression
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2010, 08:25:37 pm »
  :- Hey, I`m taking alcohol and drug counseling in college. One of my courses is co-occuring disorders. I`ve learned quite a bit about depression scene I have it also. There are plenty of medications out there to help! Talk with your doctor. Depression can be treated successfully. You do not have to live life like this anymore.  :heart:  :angel11:
I did acknowledge this in my original post. Antidepressants are not always effective and some can even make the situation worse in some cases.

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« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2010, 05:29:37 am »
I've had depression all my life.  As a kid, the symptoms were hard to distinguish but having the insight I do now, I now know what my symptoms were as a child including excessive crying.  As an adult, the battle with depression began in 1973 when I was a freshman in college.  I struggled through this mood disorder for 33 years.  In many ways it cost me a great deal.  I've been through counseling and medication and it helped but I couldn't get any real of relief.  Then in 2006, the doctor prescribed Effexor XR.  For the first time in my life, I felt what it was like to be symptom free.  I have been symptom free since that time.  Of course, a change in my lifestyle helped too.

To all those that suffer from the day to day symptoms of depression, make sure you stay on your meds.  I know it's not easy.  That's why support is also so important as well.  It can be done.
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« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2010, 09:00:41 am »
I've had depression all my life.  As a kid, the symptoms were hard to distinguish but having the insight I do now, I now know what my symptoms were as a child including excessive crying.  As an adult, the battle with depression began in 1973 when I was a freshman in college.  I struggled through this mood disorder for 33 years.  In many ways it cost me a great deal.  I've been through counseling and medication and it helped but I couldn't get any real of relief.  Then in 2006, the doctor prescribed Effexor XR.  For the first time in my life, I felt what it was like to be symptom free.  I have been symptom free since that time.  Of course, a change in my lifestyle helped too.

To all those that suffer from the day to day symptoms of depression, make sure you stay on your meds.  I know it's not easy.  That's why support is also so important as well.  It can be done.
Thanks for sharing, dkanofsky. I'm glad to hear you found a med that worked for you. I've never taken that one but have heard a lot about it. I think finding the right med can sometimes be like a fishing expedition. I know that Zoloft is one I will never take again. It definitely increased my suidical thoughts and I threw the whole bottle in the garbage.

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