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11/18/14 10:23 A

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emoticon to Spark and this team, YVETTEK. I'm so sorry you are feeling so alone despite all the good things in your life. Depression can certainly be a factor in these feelings. The good news is that you are here, have set some obtainable goals and given voice to these feelings. Know you are NOT alone on this journey and that we are here to help motivate and support you.

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emoticon to the team, EDEACONTX. I'm so sorry to hear about your health and family issues. You have a lot on your plate with a 5 year old and working two jobs. It's really important at this time to begin this journey this journey slowly and with small obtainable goals. You don't need to add extra pressure to your life. Know we are here for you and want to help you succeed.

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11/17/14 5:29 P

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hi everyone,
I have been feeling down when i am alone. I have a full life, good job, husband, 2 great kids, but, when i'm alone i feel so hopeless and overwhelmed, i overeat to feel better and have been continuously gaining weight for years. I say to myself that i will go to the gym and when i have time, i feel soo lonely to go there, i just don't go.....,

I have decided to come back to spark and be active on the boards and log my food.

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11/17/14 2:21 P

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Thanks so much Mrs. Toad. Greatly appreciate the warm welcome back. emoticon

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11/17/14 1:16 P

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Hi EDEACONTX emoticon emoticon to the Dealing with Depression Team!! I am so very sorry to hear of your recent break up. I'm sure that this is an emotional time for you and I am sure that your hospital stay and depression diagnosis has exacerbated how you are feeling right now. One day at a time is a good approach. It will take some time for your medication to kick in, so please rely on the group if you should need some help dealing with the pressure you must be feeling. We listen and we care. Share as much or as little as you like. You are not alone. We are really glad that you have decided to join us!! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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11/17/14 1:06 P

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Hi, everyone. I'm new. I'm 27 and just recently released from the hospital last week for my asthma and recently rediagnosed with reactive depression. I just broke off my engagement and had him move out. I'm going through a life transition at the moment. I'm a single mom to my 5 year old son. I work two jobs and i'm just trying to get my life back on track. I was just put on lexapro for my depression. We'll see how it goes. Its one day a time for me.

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11/17/14 10:13 A

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emoticon MELLYBEANS0919. I love the fact that you know yourself so well. It's good that you are back. Many on this team suffer from SAD and find the winter months difficult. It sounds like you have a great plan in place. Know that we are here for you. We'll attempt to keep you motivated and supported during this winter season.

If you haven't already read it, here's an article about SAD:
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11/16/14 11:55 A

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Although I am not new I wanted to say hi. I often am here during the winter months once my SAD kicks in and leave the team in Spring/Summer when I am feeling like myself again.
I am trying to focus on eating well and exercising this winter to help keep the depression at bay. I've had SAD since winter of 2006, but didn't know that is what it was for a few years. I love this group and how supportive they are!

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11/16/14 9:05 A

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emoticon to the team, JENNIFEK aka Jennifer. You have set some manageable goals. Have you also set some daily goals like 64 oz of water, 10 minutes of exercise.... These little goals help us meet the larger goals. In the meantime, know we are here for you to help you stay motivated and to find support.

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11/14/14 10:37 P

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Hi everyone, I'm Jennifer. I'm 26 and I've been struggling with depression and weight issues for quite some time now. I'm a nurse who works the night shift, so my schedule doesn't really help mood or losing weight as I tend to eat when I'm bored. However, my doctor suggested social media or some type of online support group as a way to keep me on track for losing weight. I've got about 50 pounds before I hit my goal weight and Iove the holiday sweets, so I've got my work cut out for me. My current goal is to lose 10 pounds before my next doctor appointment in January. I've got exactly two months and I'll definitely need the support to do it.

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11/13/14 2:40 P

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Welcome Jan and Lisa to a great group of people who are there for you in your good times and your bad!

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11/12/14 10:33 A

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emoticon to the team, JANZDIET2014 aka Jan. emoticon on your weight loss and taking this journey to becoming a healthier and happier you. This team is a great place to find motivation and support on those difficult days and also a place to celebrate your successes. We look forward to getting to know you along the way.

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11/11/14 2:34 P

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Hi everyone, my name is Jan and I'm from Washington, DC. I've been a member of the SparkPeople.com team since February 2014; and, so far, have lost 15lbs. My weight has gone up and down since being a member and I am working to become more active within the community. Thanks,

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11/11/14 11:36 A

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emoticon to the team, ALISIA612 aka Lisa. You are off to a great start with your exercise program. Remember that we are here for you on both your good days and your bad to help you stay focused and motivated.

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emoticon My name is Lisa,I live in Oregon. Today is my mom's birthday,so I am really thankful for her still being here today. You guys have taught me already,not to take anyone for granted. I am 39,just joined the gym last week,went wed.,and thurs. of last week,then again this morning(7am,as our gym was only open 5am-8am today)....I'm trying to go every morning for 1 hour. Nice to meet all of you!
emoticon Happy Veterans Day tomorrow,to all our vets! :)

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11/9/14 10:56 A

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thanks, Taisiakat. I do have a hobby I picked up a year ago and enjoyed. I make jewelry. I make my own polymer clay beads and use them with crystals and charms to make bracelets and earrings. I had lost interest for a few months...too distracted by everything, but I've started up again and am feeling better about it. There for a while after mom died I spent all my spare time staring at the TV, usually watching "Criminal Minds"! I can now profile serial killers with the best of them!

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11/9/14 10:51 A

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Thanks, Debteveldahl. It IS hard losing a parent. Lost my dad 12 years ago today. It really hit me on my birthday last week that I am now a 55-year-old orphan! I think it's taken me longer to cope with mom's passing because I didn't have time to grieve since I basically started moving residences the week after she died...the packing, disposing, then a month later unpacking and settling, getting used to being on my own again after 8 years with mom. My house is in a town only 8 miles away, so I at least have the same job, just a new area. It's all just waited until now to jump up and bite me!

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Welcome WhichWitch - love your nym. Life does tend to throw us some nasty curve balls at times. I am sorry for the loss of your Mom. I can't imagine (well I try not to) what I would do without my Mom. I don't know much more to say, other than - you're not alone with your depression, or loss.

Do you have any hobbies?

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11/8/14 10:45 A

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emoticon to the team, CHERYLANNE921. You can achieve your goals! Just set small, manageable changes and then track your progress. Remember, this is a marathon and not a sprint. It took time to get here and it takes time to make the needed changes. As you said, "You are NOT alone!"

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11/8/14 8:24 A

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I relate to lots of the issues brought up and feel I must share that with the loss of a loved one, a move, disappointing news or just having a blah time....YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!! We all need others.
I am new to the "Dealing with Depression" group however, not new to any of the issues.
I desire to be happy.
I would love to loose 100 pounds.
I want to enjoy my life and the people who put up with me and my roller-coaster life.
Thank you for your time.

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11/7/14 4:29 P

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Hi WHICHWITCH emoticon emoticon to the Dealing with Depression Team. I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Mom. I lost my Dad in January of this year too. It is a bitter pill to swallow and it seems as if the grief will never go away. Moving to a new area has to be hard to deal with as well. Having only gained 7 pounds is a phenomenal achievement. Good for you. I'm sure that your new home is feeling more and more comfortable every day. Please stay in touch with the group. We love learning about your progress and celebrating your successes with you. We do listen and we do care, so please do share often. We are really glad that you have decided to join us!! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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11/7/14 10:46 A

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thank you for the encouragement Healthyway14 and Mrs_Toad! It's nice to know there are folks around who know how I feel! I appreciate it! emoticon

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Dear Whichwitch,
Welcome to a wonderful group of supporters. There's a lot of love here with this group of course it won't replace that love you got from your Mom. You've been through a lot. Allow your body and mind to heal. Try some meditation. Not only are you grieving your Mom but your old neighbors and your old town and your old routines. Try to look at this as a celebration of your Mom's life. As you remove her things from your life and downsize think about donating those things and the celebration it will bring to someone who can use those things. That those things are getting a new purpose, a new life. Just like you! You always will have the memories of your Mom and know that your Mom is always around you. If you smell her or you happen to see something that reminds you of her that means she probably around you in that moment. I hope this helps. I gained 50 pounds after my sister died. I still miss her but I know that she is happy and that she is near me often.

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emoticon to the team, WHICHWITCH. My heart goes out to you over the loss of Mom. You certainly were run through the ringer this year. Death is hard enough, but then having to move, sort belongings, get accustomed to a new place, neighborhood, town.... Wow! That's enough to make anyone stress eat without the added complications of depression.. You have done so well to have only gained 7 pounds.

Know this team is here for you and want to help you succeeded. You are NOT alone on this journey.

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11/7/14 2:27 A

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Hi...I'm new to Sparkpeople but not to depression. I've been dealing with it for over 30 years. I had gotten better the past few years, down to maybe 1 bad day a month and then getting better by evening. But these past 6 months have just knocked me over. My 90 year old mom who lived with me died in May. She died on a Monday and my offer was accepted on a house the next Saturday! The closing was in June and I moved in July after having to pack up and get rid of half our belongings. It's hard enough to do when you're not grieving, but this just paralyzed me! My house is half the size of our old apartment! Don't get me wrong...I love it...but disposing of mom's things so quickly was hard, and moving was hard, and I never really got to sit down and grieve. Now I feel like I should be happy, but I just can't get there from here. I miss her, and even though I love my new town, I miss my old neighbors. And on top of that I've gained 7 lbs just stress eating. I'm trying to pull myself together...that's why I'm here. So Hi...it's good to find others who understand what I'm going through!

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Hi Julie,
Thank you for you sweet and tender story you shared with me. My daughter is going to talk therapy. There's so much going on now a days for a 13 year old. She's a child that doesn't follow what the popular crowd think or does and that makes her pretty much a loner. She has some friends, but the majority of the kids in school look at her as an outcast. Because she is my only child I try to give her what ever she wants within reason but sometimes it's like she tries to deliberately make herself stand out, different from all the other kids. I don't know if it's for attention or because her thinking and creativity beats to a different drummer.

She questioned my love for her because I raise my voice. I get angry now and then and my voice elevates in volume. I use to hold the anger in and drink to avoid dealing with the emotions and depression from not dealing with the emotion. Now being sober for over 5 years I handle and deal with my emotions and that means sometimes raising my voice at my loved ones. I told her I love her with all my heart and I am a work in progress ( I still go to counseling) and that I will work on the yelling.

One thing I'm not doing is feeding my emotions with the food. I've done that to long. I've set so many bad examples for my daughter with food and alcohol. Thank you all for the support and prayers. You all are angels helping me through this difficult time.

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10/30/14 10:20 A

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Hi Healthyway14,

My name is Julie, and I'm so sorry about what you are dealing with. Can I share a little story with you? I have a great friend. Her daughter, at a young age of like 14, started acting so strange. Her parents were finding inapproprit images on her cell phone, she would lock herself in her room for no reason, she told her mother, quite loudly, "I hate you." It was desperate times.

Soon her parents started noticing cut wounds on her arms. She had starting cutting with her "boyfriend" so that it would bring them together. (Bunch of crap) However, my friend, like you, did not give up. She took her to the doctor and with the use of medications and the doctor's ear, she slowly, i mean s l o w l y got better and better. Today she is in her second year at university. She is one of the bravest women I know and I am so proud of her, and also her parents. Mine would have had me at the doorstep.

Keep on doing what you are doing. Is she going for talk therapy as well? She does sound like she really doesn't want to let you guys down. Can you take her out of school for a day and do something really impulsive (shopping, a movie, a walk in t he forest, a project) together. That's what I do with my kids when I see them stressing.

I am NO child expert here, nor am I a really great mom, in fact I've "dropped the basket" more than a few times. But, I think we can all help each other. I'm so, so, so glad she prays, God will give her strength. I am rooting for you and your journey on SparkPeoople but mostly, to be honest, to be able to know that your daughter is all right.

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Thank you all for your support!!!

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HEALTHYWAY14- My heart goes out to you and my prayers for the entire family.

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Hi Deb! Thanks for the well wishes. I've been doing the chair exercises and they have encouraged me to go back to water aerobics but to do the low impact version tomorrow. Today has been interesting. I had to take my daughter back to her counselor because she started cutting herself. She told us it was due to her being bullied at school and she was, but the counselor informed me it's also because she's sad. She 's sad because she feels like she can't please my husband and I. I can't reassure her enough but it seems to fall on deaf ears sometimes. I pray God will intercede and help her. I pray that God will heal her sadness before He heals me. I told her to pray and she said she would. The day started out so good and now I have so much anxiety over my daughter. I have to e- mail her psychiatrist to see if he needs to adjust her medicine or if he wants to see her. At least I don't want to eat to feed the anxiety. So I think I'll bead tonight! Thanks Deb! Thanks Mrs Toad and feel better Heartmend!

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Hi HEALTHYWAY14 emoticon emoticon to the Dealing with Depression Team!! It is nice to meet you and to know that you have embarked on the same journey that we all embrace. You must be a very special and creative person to work for the County Parks and Recreation Department teaching beading and crafts. How satisfying that must be for you. I am so sorry that you have injured your foot and wish you a speedy recovery. Until then perhaps some chair exercises would help you stay in the exercise loop. The Sparkpeople has many videos to pick from. Please post often, so that we can offer you the support and encouragement you deserve as you work towards your goals. We are really excited that you have decided to join us!! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Hi FEMINIST1981 emoticon emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression Team!! We are really excited that you have found us and are looking forward to being your friends! Take your time looking around the site at all there is here for you. We are here to help you in any way that we can and to make your journey as pleasant an experience as possible for you. Please post often. We love to learn more about you and encourage you along the way through your posts. Share as much or as little as you like. We listen and we care. We are really glad that you have decided to join us! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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emoticon to the team, HEALTHYWAY14. This team is a great place to find motivation and support any day of the week. Winter is a difficult for many of this team so you are NOT alone in this struggle. Feel free to join us on the Daily Thread. It is a great place to join the conversation or just peruse the posts. Also, I'm so sorry to hear about the stress fracture in your foot. Whatever you do, follow your doctor's directions about exercise and general walking. You certainly don't want to make the situation any worse!

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I joined the team in April but didn't introduce myself until now. I 've turned my thinking around and became motivated to lose the weight. Today is a beautiful day except for the wind which makes it a little cold. I hate that I wake up and it's dark. This is definitely not my favorite time of the year despite the beauty in nature. I tend to lose a lot of sleep this time of the year. I'm so thankful for sparkpeople and all the wonderful friends that support me through this journey.

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emoticon to the team, FEMINIST1981. I'm so glad you found this team and this site. There is a great amount of information to learn along with navigation of the site. Remember to keep it simple until you have time to figure it all out. If you haven't seen it already, this is a great link to get you started:

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Whatever you do, know you are not alone on this journey. We are here for you.

Hope your job interview went well.

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I am new to SparkPeople as well, and I'm trying to find friends too.

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Welcome to the team Jbusta86.

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Welcome JBUSTA86

I do hope your day today has been good for you.
I always try to start my day with a Positive thought and end my day with a Positive thought, to help deal with the pull/suckdown of the day.

I also love beautiful pictures so my computer has a screen saver with lots of wonderful pictures to keep me upbeat.

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Hi JBUSTA86 emoticon emoticon to the Sparkpeople and The Dealing with Depression Team! You are embarking on a challenging and satisfying journey. Wanting to be a healthy example for your daughter is a very worthy goal. We are here to offer you any help and inspiration you may need along the way. I look forward to seeing you in the Forums and on the Threads. We are really excited that you have decided to join us! Take care and God bless, Deb

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emoticon to the team, JBUSTA86. You have some admirable and achievable goals on you SparkPage. With each healthy decision you will change your life and the life of your family. Remember that you are not alone on this journey to a healthier you. This team is here to support, encourage and to motivate you along the way.

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I am new as well. Welcome! I hope to use this as a place to find support and I hope you find it as well.

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Thank you very much for the awesome welcome. I appreciate this very much.

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Hi TAISIAKAT emoticon emoticon to the Dealing with Depression Team. Kudos to you for not giving up and taking care of your health and welfare. I have been on site for quite awhile too, although not quite as long as you have. Lurking has its advantages you can learn a lot from reading all the posts. I've checked out your Sparkpage and you have some very doable goals. Lean on the group when you need additional support or encouragement. We love to learn of your progress and cheer your successes. Posting and sharing affords us that opportunity. I look forward to seeing you on the boards, when and if you need our help. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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It's hard to get out of the lurking closet. I'm a bad lurker lol

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emoticon to the team, TAISIAKAT. So glad you have decided to "delurk" as this team is a great place to finds support and motivation. If you haven't already, feel free to lurk or "delurk" on the Daily Thread. It is a great place to chat about what's going on and to find motivation to move forward in a healthy manner. Remember, you are NOT alone on this journey to a healthier and happier you.

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Thanks for the welcome Taisiakat, and welcome back to you from the land of lurking. :)

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Welcome Pastor Heather.

I'm delurking - hang out but don't really say much - decided to change that given my mood swings recently.

Hi everyone - been on Sparks for several years, taking it slow but steady regaining my health and strength back.

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Thanks!

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emoticon YOGAWITCH. I'm so sorry to hear about your serious health issues. Being in bed that long will certainly affect your weight. The good news is that you are back and ready to begin this journey to a healthier you once again. Remember to take relearning this site and your exercise regime slowly. You don't want to get overwhelmed with either. In the meantime, know we are here for you.

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Thanks for the welcome. Went for a walk and swimming feels good.

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Hi YOGAWITCH emoticon emoticon it's never too late to start over. You are posting just fine. We are really glad that you have decided to rejoin the Sparkpeople and The Dealing With Depression Team. I look forward to seeing you in the Forums and on the Threads! It is really wonderful to have you with us on this journey! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Hello and welcome. I am not exactly new but gone so long I don't recognize many,,. And this message thing I was never good at so forgive me if I keep starting new threads or something :)

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emoticon to the team, PASTOR_HEATHER. It's good to hear from you. Know you are not alone on this journey. We've all had our nosedives and the need to start anew. The good news is that we are here to help you stay focused, stay motivated and to support you through each and every day. Feel free to ask for what you need.

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Thanks! :) I actually did the start guide again, because I created a whole new account. I couldn't face the thought of logging in with my old account.... Starting fresh and new. emoticon

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Hi RONGUILLORY emoticon emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression team!! Since you have been here before too, I would recommend that you go through the Getting Started Guide too to catch up on the changes made to the site fairly recently. We are really glad that you have decided to join us! Please post often for the most in support and encouragement. If you have any questions, please just ask. With over a million strong there is bound to be an answer never very far away. I look forward to seeing you in the Forums and on the Threads!! Take care and God bless, Deb

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Hi PASTOR_HEATHER - Heather - emoticon emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression team!! I'm glad to hear that you are on the mend from your mental health crisis. So many of us have been down that road. You were quite right in coming here for a one team support system. We are here to offer you support, motivation and encouragement as you work towards your goals. We listen and we care. You are not alone. You will find many good friends who will help you to work through your program. Take things slowly in the beginning, so that you do not become frustrated or overwhelmed. Change only one or two things,letting those become habit before adding more to your program. Small steps equal greater benefits on down the road. If you have been away for a long time you might want to go through the Getting Started Guide again to update you on the considerable changes that have been made recently. You can find the Guide under the Today On Sparkpeople tab above under the topic Quick Links. I look forward to reading more of your posts as you travel down the road with us. Take care and God bless, Deb

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Welcome to the team. Like you, I was here once too. I'm back and with the help and support of the team I'm here for the duration. Glad you're back.

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Hi everyone, I'm new again. I did the sparkpeople thing a few years ago and then went into a mental health nose-dive. Slowly, getting things all sorted out and managed again...so I think I'm ready to try and get back to a healthy relationship with my body, now that my mind is feeling better! :) I think I should just pick one team to be active in, to start with, and I'm betting this is the best and most supportive one!

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Unfortunately money is tight for me right now and I haven't been able to afford to go to my doctor. I have health insurance so I haven't tried to get a medication assistance program from the manufacture since usually those are for people who don't have insurance. My insurance isn't that expensive my bupropion is about $50 for a 3 months supply but I haven't had the money for it and I feel I've been doing ok off of it. I don't really like taking pills of any kind anyway. Actually for my recovery I had to walk so I didn't really need to get cleared by my surgeon...I just have to watch what I do in terms of my back especially being in healthcare I'm more at risk for reoccurrence.
Thank you so much for the support and advice...I feel this group will really help it is nice to have people to talk to and bounce things off of who actually can relate.

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I really wish there was a "like" button.

My doctor has been very supportive and understanding. I didn't realize how lucky I was for this until I started hearing about other people's battles with depression. We switched my medicines this year and that has helped ... being diagnosed with ADHD and getting Ritalin has also helped the depressive symptoms some as well ... not the meds as much as understanding why I've struggled so much in some areas. I also have a counselor that I love. She is the one who told my my flashbacks and reliving some painful events in exquisite detail was not my imagination and I won't just "get over it" as some near me have suggested.

When I started SparkPeople I knew I would need a depression group for support. Thank you for being here :-)

Tiffie :-)

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emoticon to the team, TIFFANIEFAITH aka Tiffanie. I'm so sorry to hear you have had such a difficult year. As difficult as the conversation may be, have you discussed with your doctor what is going on in your life and how he/she may be able to help? In the meantime, know we are here to help you get through each and every day. If you haven't already, check out our Daily Thread. It has a lot of traffic and you may find something there to help you stay focused.

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Thanks for the welcome :-) I don't have SAD. I do have anxiety as well as episodes of PTSD including the flashbacks and reliving the events. This messes with my head more than other things..

Last year some of my siblings were getting the house ready for our mom. My wife and I live with her to help. Their attitude toward us worsened both of our symptoms. Pam maintained her composure a bit, but I began cutting and other forms of self injury. I figured I'd be lockrd up for my protection as quickly as I was losing control.

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Hi TIFFANIE emoticon emoticon to the Dealing with Depression Team! You have come to a place of understanding and compassion. Depression can be insidious. We will be here to support and encourage you every step of the way. Do you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder in addition to your depression? That can start to rear it's ugly head about this time of the year and exacerbate the depression. Lean on us when you feel lost, alone or despondent. We are here to listen and we care. Please post often, so that we can help you as you work towards your goals. You can share as much or as little as you like. This is a very safe environment. I look forward to reading more about you from your posts. Take care and God bless, Deb

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Hi everyone :-) I'm Tiffanie ... I've been dealing with depression for a very long time, but it got very bad about 4 years ago. Things started to get better then I almost completely broke last year about this time. I don't want to go there again.

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A warm emoticon to the team to our new members. If you need anything at all, please feel free to ask.

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Hi NINA09091 emoticon emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression team!! We are excited to have you with us on this journey to a healthier lifestyle. Be sure to start out your journey with baby steps, so that you do not become overwhelmed or discouraged. Changing only one or two things in the beginning is enough to start off with and build upon. It takes approximately 3 - 4 weeks to form a new habit, so starting off slowly while working towards your goals is a very good idea. Small steps in the beginning ease into great strides on down the road. Take your time getting to know the site and all there is here for you. With a myriad of information and resources it can take some time to become fully acclimated. I hope that you were able to locate the Getting Started Guide. It can be found under the Today On Sparkpeople tab under the Quick Links topic. If you haven't read and reviewed it then I would strongly suggest that you do so. Please post often. We love to learn of your progress, so that we can encourage you along the way. I hope to see your Spark Page up and running soon, so that we can send you virtual goodies to brighten your day, we can "friend" you and leave inspirational messages. We are really glad that you have decided to join us! Take care and God bless, Deb

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I am excited to see this support group! Just joined the sparkpeople! :)

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Hi LEEMA32 emoticon emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression team! I'm sorry to hear of your recent back problems and the resultant surgery. I can imagine how negatively that must affect your range of physical activity. It is unfortunate that you had to come off your medications. Did you try going through your GP or your psychiatrist to see if you could get a medication scholarship though the manufacturer? I had to do that for over two years, so that I could afford my medications when I had no health insurance. The manufacturers have hard ship scholarships for just that reason. I am truly sorry for the loss of your beloved Mya. Our animals are an important part of our families. I am glad to hear that you do have some good days. Does that mean that you have been cleared by your doctor to once again continue to exercise? Please feel free to lean on us should you have the need. We are here to listen and we do care. Post often, so that we can encourage you along the way. We are really excited that you have decided to join us! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon emoticon

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Hi THINIT2WINIT and emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression team. I am so very sorry for your loss. I lost my Dad earlier this year and it has been more than difficult trying to come to terms with his loss. I can imagine how debilitating your loss has been and continues to be. I hope that you have a therapist who can help your through your grief. The depression just exacerbates it. Please come her and lean on our members when you are feeling low. We are here to offer you support and encouragement as you work towards your goals. Please post often. The more often you post the more help we can offer you should you have the need. I look forward to seeing you in the Forums and on the Threads! We are really glad that you have decided to join us! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Hi....I first tried treating my depression with medication which seemed to help but then last year I was dealing with back pain which progressively got worse pretty quick and I ended up being off work for 2 1/2mos and had surgery. I was unable to afford my medication then the cost of it went up further preventing me from affording it. A month after I had surgery I lost my Great Dane, Mya, to bone cancer this was very hard on me I stopped caring about everything.

I had lost a lot of weight last year but being unable to even walk I ended up putting it all back on plus some which doesn't help. Things are starting to get easier but I still struggle there are good and bad days some worse than others as I'm sure you all know. I have days were I just break down and lose...missing my Mya so much or just feel sad.

I've heard that the Mediterranean diet can help with depression in addition to weight loss....I need support from those who understand my family seems to think depression is a choice or something like that, that don't realize it is real and a struggle.

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Hi :)
I have dealt with depression for...well 2007, I'm too tired to do math. I first had severe depression because of my recently discovered medical condition. For a few years that went on. I finally found the right medication and I became a lot better. Two years later this past June my grandma passed. I ignored my feelings at first, but I cane to the realization I'm probably between mildly and severely depressed.
I hope my years of experience can help others understand why they feel the way their feeling and I hope to get support for my recent depression as well.

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10/1/14 2:04 P

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Melissa, I'm glad to hear it! If you need a friend, feel free to add me. emoticon

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10/1/14 9:46 A

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I just joined this group and it has helped a lot.

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9/30/14 10:25 A

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Thanks for the warm welcome. I've decided that channeling Wednesday is going to be fun for me, and I'm glad I am giving some giggles to others, too. She has always struck me as capable, smart, and wonderfully devilish. Have a great day!

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emoticon to the team, WEDNE5DAY. I'm so glad you are on the path to a healthier you. Between the meds, the group at the Y and your sense of humor you will go far on this journey. This team is a great place to find motivation and support. If you ever need anything, please feel free to ask. We are here to help each other succeed.

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Hi WEDNE5DAY emoticon emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression team! I'm glad that you connected with the group so easily. Do you have a therapist in addition to the medications that you take? It's wonderful that things are going so well for you right now. The proper medications can make all the difference in the world. Kudos to you for being proactive and joining your diabetes prevention program. Things may be going slowly in the beginning, but you want to start out with baby steps to increase your chances of success anyway. Please post often. Posting allows us the opportunity to support and encourage you as you work toward your goals. I look forward to learning more about you from your posts and through your Spark Page. You gave me a giggle with your girl scout line on your Spark Page. We are really glad that you have decided to join us! Take care and God bless, Deb

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9/29/14 9:51 P

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I just joined today, and I connected with the idea of this group right away. I have been taking meds for anxiety and depression for a few months, and things are going well so far. This makes it easier for me to make other changes that I need in my life. I recently joined a diabetes prevention program through the Y, and though my progress is slow, I know I am on the right track.

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emoticon to the team, SKINNYMELISA aka Melisa. I'm so glad you are working with a therapist and that you get at least a little benefit from it. As time goes on, you will begin to see more and more progress. Hang in there! In the meantime, know that we are here for you to help support and motivate you. You are NOT alone on this journey to a healthier you.

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Thanks Deb! I'm very excited to see this support team.

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Hi Melisa emoticon emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression team! Posting will help you make many friends here. We are here to offer you support and encouragement as you work towards your goals. Most of us suffer from depression and some with other diagnosis, as well. I think that you will find that we are a caring and compassionate group. I'm glad to hear that you have a therapist to help you work through your challenges. I know that the combination of medication and therapy has really helped me out a lot. We are excited that you have decided to join us!! I look forward to seeing you in the Forums and on the Threads. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Thank you, Kay. emoticon

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Welcome Melissa! I have found SP to be a great community full of support and camaraderie! Share with us your good days and bad days. We're on this journey together!

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Hi SP!

My name is Melisa, 41 years old, married, and from Chicago. I have suffered depression/anxiety since I was a teen. I currently go to therapy a couple times a week. I really helps the day I go but the rest of the week goes to hell. I'm a loner and I often have problems making friends. I'm hoping this group will help! emoticon

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