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MMEEAAGGX3
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11/6/12 4:18 A

The biggest defeater of depression is doing what feels uncomfortable. Depression makes you want to sit around the house and isolate. The thought of going out with friends, going for a walk, or doing other enjoyable or daily tasks as unachievable and undesirable. The truth of the matter is, to combat the disease you just have to get out and DO those things! It's so hard to do at first, but with each step, it gets easier and easier and you find the joy that you lost in the things you love once again.



NSCARNEY
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11/5/12 7:30 A

You deserve to be happy! Please see your primary care doctor for a referral.



SHENNIG
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11/4/12 3:20 P

As a long time depressiona and anxiety sufferer, I can't stress highly enough the importance of getting out there and moving as a critical componet of effectively managing these conditions. Whether it's 5 minutes or 50 minutes, everything helps. Running has saved my life and at one point I was much like you are now. Remember, baby steps and missing one day does not mean you're a failure.



BECONSISTENT
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11/2/12 11:45 P

With Depression, and everything else in life. Having a positive attitude is vital. if you believe in God you will know negative thoughts are not from him. Dont be a victim, you wont be happy. I am not a Doctor. Follow the nutrition tracker, eat, and drink properly,read the articles, keeping posting here, exercising, seek medical advice. You have to do certain things every day to get better.



RAZORBLADEANGEL
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11/2/12 8:00 P

You're right. I'm dealing with this for more than 5 years. People always tell me to "just forget the bad thoghts and feelings". But if that was possible there wouldn't be any depressed people in the world...



BECONSISTENT
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10/31/12 8:11 P

Depression is not something you can just shake off. The earlier suggestion about speaking to a Doctor is the best answer.



RAZORBLADEANGEL
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10/31/12 6:59 P

Hi Atarashiime,

you're right. People who support one with depression are very helpful. I've got my family and my boyfriend, but the problem is that they don't know what it's like. So I can tell them but there are many things they don't understand or don't take seriously. That makes me feel very bad when I tell them what puts a strain on me, for example about my self-loathing or that I find myself ugly, and my mom and brother just say "Bulls**t!" Or my brother makes fun of me...

But I definitely think you're right. I've got a good friend who i can talk to. She also suffers from depression and understands me.
And like you said I still can post something here.

Best wishes
Sam



RAZORBLADEANGEL
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10/31/12 6:49 P

Hi Kris,

I've been seing therapists since I was 16. Right now I'm not in therapy anymore because I didn't feel that it helped me. I think medications would help me, so I'll try to find a neurologist who can prescribe me something.

Btw yes, I think you know what my username means. I've been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder... So self injury is definitely something that I personally experience. But right now it's not really a problem for me.

I usually go out when it's dark outside because I really like the nighttime. I know that Vitamin D is important but I can hardly stand sunlight.
Oh, I wish I had a gym ball, but I'm sure my three cats would destroy it sooner or later. Or are they stable enough not to be pierced by cat claws?

I feel that the depressions get stronger in spring and summer, while winter and fall aren't that bad.

I eat mainly fruit and veges, since I'm usually vegan. (During emotional binges I also eat things like pizza or chocolate)

I don't have a SparkPage yet because I haven't figured ou all the things you can do here. But I'm sure I'll make one! Oh, and I'm already a member of the Dealing with Depression Team but I haven't really checked the forum topics yet.

Thanks for all the tips.
Best wishes
Sam




RAZORBLADEANGEL
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10/31/12 6:25 P

Hello Ruth,
yes, walking is the exercise I usually do. Unfortunately I find it hard to find the motivation to walk everyday, but I'd like to do that. I also walk for an hour or a little more.
Even though walking makes me feel good I always feel like I'm not doing enough, like it's not really exercise. I think I should rather run or something but I wouldn't be able to do that because of the lacking motivation and because I'm suffering from Asthma.
Thanks for the tip. I'll definitely try this exercise quiz.
Best wishes,
Sam



RAZORBLADEANGEL
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10/31/12 6:19 P

Hello Kelly,

I know that I have to be kind to myself but it's very hard for me because I totally hate myself.
When I'm able to exercise one day, and the next one I don't exercise I feel like a complete failure. I read that it takes 3 weeks to form a habit but usually I don't make it until then...
Today I've been walking about 3.6 miles and did 15 minutes of gymnastics in front of the TV. So far, so good, but I'm not sure what tomorrow will be like.

Oh yeah, water... I hardly drink enough water. I wouldn't drink enough at all, if I wouldn't drink diet pop or tea. I just have to start slowly to integrate water to my diet.

Besides the depressions I also have problems with emotional eating, which damages my weighloss very much. It's very annoying to do well all day and then in the evening I start binging because I feel bad...

But I'll definitely try to take your advice to do baby steps.

Best wishes,
Sam



ATARASHIIME
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10/31/12 7:31 A

Hi RazorBladeAngel,

I don't have depression myself, but for the last year I lived with two roommates who did. What I noticed that helped them was having a supportive environment. So you had two people who had depression and could talk to each other about it, and then you had me, who didn't have depression but would still talk about it and could provide some of the 'get-up-and-go' momentum.

In other words, find people to help you, either through spark or your friends. It seemed to really help my roommates to have both kinds of people available, the kind who could understand and commiserate, and the kind who maybe couldn't understand but who could still be supportive and help with reaching goals.



SLIMMERKIWI
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10/31/12 3:07 A

Hi RAZORBLADEANGEL ( a rather "interesting" user name???) I have had severe depression myself.

I am wondering if you are having ongoing care via a Dr/Psychiatrist and a Therapist???

If not, please make an appointment with your Dr and discuss what is going on, and ask for a referral to a Therapist. It may be that you would benefit from an appointment with a Psychiatrist, too, particularly if there is any special meaning behind your username! They are the best ones to accurately diagnose and prescribe.

Apart from that, make sure that you get SOME exercise into your day. It needn't be a full 1/2 hr or more. If you are leading a very sedentary lifestyle at the moment, it may be something as simple as walking to your Mail Box and back a couple times a day, or walking around your house. As you get more used to doing this then walk a wee bit further. It is best if you can get out into the daylight because the Vitamin D can be very beneficial for those suffering from depression. having a Gym Ball can be really good exercise. If you are prone to sitting on your butt watching tv (or lying on the couch watching it) then you will find some benefits from sitting on the ball. Initially because it actually burns energy just to maintain your balance on them, and secondly because once you are on them, it is such a temptation to bounce up and down on them. Before long you may find that you enjoy rolling around the floor with them, too - they can be great fun, and as such help to lift your mood.

If you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is quite prevalent in the winter months, then getting a Light Therapy Box can be quite beneficial, but talk with your Dr about it.

Ensure that you are eating plenty of good nutrition. Lots of fruits and veges - particularly the dark leafy greens because they actually help improve the mood, as does oily fish and protein such as Turkey or lean pork.

I went to have a look at your SparkPage but you don't have one. You will find that you will get loads more support if you create one and have it open so that others can visit and leave encouraging little messages. The occasional goodie never goes amiss either :-) I don't know if you belong to any teams for Depression, but if you don't and you would like to, you can access the Dealing with Depression Team through my link at the bottom. It is a very large and very active team - over 925,000 members.

Take care, and I hope that you find something that will motivate you.
Kris

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 10/31/2012 (03:07)


LARKSONGRUTH
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10/30/12 6:40 P

I fight depression too. I have found that regular walking is a really good exercise for me. I try to walk between one to two hours a day. I take my dog with me. I have found that it really helps me to feel better when I get out and walk regularly. It is also a good way to work up to other types of exercise. Sparkpeople has an exercise quiz that helps to identify types of exercise that will appeal to you. I got dance training and aesthetic types of exercise like yoga. These have helped me relax and enjoy exercise. Good luck. I promise that if you do 20 to 30 minutes a day, even when you don't want to, you will start to feel better and the depression will lessen.



KELLY_SP
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10/30/12 6:34 P

Hello,

Welcome to SparkPeople! Congratulations on taking the first steps to a healthier you. First, try not to be so hard on yourself. The decisions you made in the past, won't help you be a better you for your future. I would shift your way of thinking...for example. Start talking to yourself like you would speak to your best friend. Change the negative self talk to a more positive and supportive feedback. You're worth it...and no one else is going to put your health first but you.

Find some new ways to get active. If you love TV, then take some time during your favorite show to exercise while you watch your favorite show. We have SO MANY great exercises listed for you in our Healthy Lifestyle/Fitness section to check out. Print a few things off and start slow with shorter goals. Jumping jacks are great to do in front of the tv...crunches, leg lifts, etc.

Set small goals for yourself. Example, make sure you are drinking enough water each day. When you have mastered that goal, move to a new one, like tracking your meals for a week (no matter what you are eating). This one was a big eye opener for me...I had no idea how quickly everything added up. Tracking my food and beverages helped me kick the soda habit! Everyone messes up from time to time and we are all human. So remember to be kind to yourself. Making smaller changes along the way instead of a lot of big changes all at once will help you get off to a better start. It can be overwhelming to have too many changes at once and can lead to frustrations and burn out before you even give yourself a chance to really begin.

Hang in there - emoticon

Be well,
Kelly



RAZORBLADEANGEL
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10/30/12 4:43 P

Hi everyone,
I'm suffering from Depression since I'm 16 (I'm 21 now). I find it very hard to motivate myself to exercise. I know that it would be good for me, not only for my weightloss, but usually I don't have the energy or drive or whatever to stand up and exercise. Everyday I tell myself to do at least a few minutes, but then I end up doing nothing.
Does anyone here experience something like that, and knows what I could do?
Best wishes




 
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