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Are Anti-Depressants necessary for Everyone?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I am sorry that I mentioned this in my blog. It seems that even those responding on this forum, who don't know anything about me, believe I should have these drugs pushed on me. THAT would get anyone depressed, even if they are not before. One person wrote that they can be used as pain relievers, which could have been a reason for someone to push them on me (though I already have something for pain), but that wasn't the reason they were being pushed or they would not have been mentioning psychiatriac therapists.

So I am removing that blog.

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BRILLIANTAQUA 5/20/2010 8:56AM

    I actually wanted to address Meralo's comment about using anti-depressants for pain management. Pain is a usually caused by activation of nociceptors which then signal to the brain to perceive pain. If this neurotransmission can be modulated then pain can be lessened; anti-depressants modulate neurotransmission (SSRI's block the serotonin reuptake mechanism, SNRI's do the same thing for norepinephrine reuptake mechanism, tricyclic antidepressants tend to do both, MAOI's prevent the breakdown of monoamines in the extracellular space, thereby prolonging their effects, etc. and changing the levels of these neurotransmitters can modulate basic synaptic transmission). Just because they are mainly prescribed for depression (and have been labeled as "anti-depressants"), it doesn't mean that they don't have efficacy in other disorders/diseases. Think about aspirin, it's generally taken as a fever reducer & pain reliever, but it also acts as a blood thinner, so now many many people take it to help prevent heart attacks & stroke. I really wish that people would get over the stigma associated with mental disorders & the drugs that treat them...

I am not currently taking any anti-depressants, but yes, some need for them (and no, not everyone needs them). In this country, while it may seem that they are being heavily pushed, there are so many people that suffer from mental disorders and are not receiving the treatment that they need (whether that be therapy, antidepressants, etc.). A lot of people suffer in silent & keep things hidden & don't actually seek treatment, either because of denial or fear of judgment or whatever, and it's not like people that are suffering walk around with a big sign on their forehead that says "depressed" & there's no blood test or anything so all medical profressionals can do is ask someone if they feel they might need help (asking never hurt anyone). You shouldn't feel insulted/offended that perhaps your medical professionals were erring on the side of caution and asking you if you need help. What if the next person that walked in presented in the same manner as you, but was actually suffering from severe untreated depression and no one asked if they needed help?

Ok, I'll get off my soapbox now.

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MERALO 5/20/2010 4:16AM

    I think that depression has become almost fashionable and in trying to openly address and treat actual sufferers, the doctors can get it wrong sometimes. Meds have worked for me, but my mom was offered meds as pain management! I understand the theory of that, but is it necessary to use drugs for one condition to treat a totally unrelated one?

Since following a new lifestyle, I've found that I can almost predict my derpessive cycle which has been the biggest success ever - I now know precisely what I'm dealing with, and when....meds can't do that. I'm still taking them but I hope to wean myself off them soon and move towards a proactive treatment that uses multiple "therapies" as opposed to using just one as a crutch.

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Is it really possible

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I watched Biggest Loser tonight and I got to wondering if it is really possible for someone who is already 59 and had stage 4 cancer to get fit enough to even walk a marathon, much less run one. Of course, there is a problem with weak ankles (they twist on about the 2nd step whenever I try to run) and the arthritis in my hips that the radiation therapy gave me. I can't even seem to get up most days other than to come in here to the computer. I wish I had someone who could get me up and out of here, but I am alone. I was doing good last year for a while and got down 15 pounds. Now it is back on and I just want to eat bad stuff. Somehow I have to get back at it.

Tomorrow I have an appointment to find out the results of my last MRI. I pray that nothing has started showing up again. Maybe I can get back in the groove of eating right and exercising when that is over. And maybe, just maybe, I can get so I can at least walk a 5k or 10 k sometime in my life.

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LOVES_ANIMALS 5/19/2010 1:03PM

    Yes, it is possible. You have to take one step at a time and always strive to be better.

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RMEMECH 5/19/2010 1:31AM

    Today is the first day of the rest of your life. What are you going to do with it?

Please read my blog post for today, it has a lot to do with health improvements I have seen since starting the SP meal plan and exercise habits. I truly believe you can do whatever you want, as long as you want it bad enough and work hard enough to get there!

Good luck hun and I wish you nothing but the best with your goals for your future!


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Great day

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Other than diet-wise, since I didn't have time for breakfast and they didn't have healthy options at the convention center.

I went to the Diabetes Expo here in Denver and there seemed to be several new things along with the usual older ones who repeated. One booth had Kim Lyons, who was a trainer on The Biggest Loser a couple seasons ago. Kim gave out autographed copies of her book "Your Body, Your Life" on the even hours and on the odd hours she gave resistance bands and demonstrated exercises with them. Those who got the bands did the exercises along with her and she got down in the audience with them to help some of them with their form. They also had cooking demonstrations geared toward diabetes and also gluten-free diets and some other exercise demos, but mostly I saw ones for the children in those. I also got a cook book that is a Disease Prevention Cook Book with the idea of helping prevent Diabetes, Heart Disease, Strokes and Cancer. Gosh, that is 4 books in 2 days and I didn't have to pay full price for any of them.

I also got in a lot of walking today since I was there for three and a half hours. And for the first time in three years of that Expo my hips didn't hurt me. I just actually enjoyed my day. But even though it is early, I am ready to hit the sack now.



Friday, March 26, 2010

Yesterday they came and put the new roof on the house. I really didn't expect them, but it's good they came then because if it snowing again today. I got both dogs out for walks while they were here (one at a time). My hips were hurting quite a bit, but I made it up the block and back twice.

Today the dogs and I went for walks again. Then I took the coupon I got from Borders and went and bought The Spark since I don't think I could finish the library copy I borrowed. It took a bit to find, since I think we are down to two Borders in the area and one is at the northwest area of the metro area, with the other one southeast. The one I am used to is gone. I also found a new photography book on the bargain books rack.

On the way home I went to look and see what produce they had on sale at the Sunflower Market. I also got more chicken breast on sale. I am in the mood for barbecue.

All in all the day was pretty good other than the snow coming in too early for me to go swimming as I had planned to do.


Finally Borrowed The Spark

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Wednesday I picked up a copy of The Spark from the library. It took over a month to get it because I was 17th on the waiting list. I have started reading it and hope that I can get through it. I have some trouble with reading (seeing the print). I hope it can help me. I have started taking notes and trying to figure out how to set up goals.

Tomorrow they have a Home Show in town that a friend and I are planning to go to. I need a new faucet in the kitchen, but they don't make any that will work to replace the one I have. I have to replace the sink and cabinet to put one in there. Boy, did they do things stupidly back when this house was built. Counter tops won't match the old counter top, either. The home show has Habitat Outlet and another Outlet place, though, so I am hoping that they might be able to help me with having low-cost cabinets and sinks. I guess I should measure the one I have, though. There is also some drawing for landscaping and I could sure use some help with that. I don't know if I can even get a garden put in.

I am feeling better today, but I have my ups and downs. Yesterday I got really worried (no make that terrified) that the cancer from four years ago has come back. I know that I am supposed to trust in the Lord and continue believing that He will not let it come back, but sometimes I wonder if what I thought He told me almost 4 years ago was really from Him. I don't think I should doubt my thoughts like that. It would be much better if I didn't. The problem is my gut hurts like crazy, not like a stomach ache, but a pain. I am trying to figure out foods that are easy on that area that won't be too high in the fat and calorie range and are healthy. Maybe I'll go have one of those yogurts that I froze.

Thursday was a great day. It was pretty warm though breezy and I went and saw Fancy. I stayed out at the barn for around 3 hours. It is peaceful there.

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