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emoticon to both Spark and the Team, GYPSY_FEET. I'm so sorry to hear you are so burned out and the cycle that has developed with depression and overeating. So many of us have been where you are and it is a quite frustrating place to be. You are NOT alone on this journey. We are here to help you succeed in finding that healthier you. If you haven't already, you might want to consider setting a small goal to strive for each day and then track it on your Other Goal Tracker. Sometimes it helps to "see" your progress.

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7/31/14 8:44 A

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Hi GYPSY_FEET emoticon emoticon to the site and to the Dealing with Depression team!! You are in the right place for motivation and support. We offer encouragement as you set up and meet your goals. Suffering from burnout, whether it be physical, emotional or both can certainly be taxing. I'm glad to hear that you are feeling a bit better and have reached out to our caring and compassionate group. Take your time looking around the site at all there is here for you. There is so much in the way of information and resources that it can be overwhelming if you do not take it slowly in the beginning. We are really excited that you have decided to join us!!!! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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7/31/14 7:22 A

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Hi all, I'm new to the team. I've been suffering from burnout lately, which leads to depression...which then leads to overeating. I just go through some rough days and now that I'm feeling better want to do something about it, so I joined SparkPeople and this team. I'm excited about finding support, encouragement, and accountability on here.

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7/26/14 9:16 A

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emoticon to the team, OLDPHEOBEKID aka Olivia. What a fantastic idea to keep the gratitude jar by the bed. I will definitely have to give that a try. (I keep a pen and paper by my bed so when I get to focusing on "stuff" I can write it down and "let it go". This is kind of the opposite of what you do, but it too can be helpful when your mind is racing and will not shut off.)

This team is a great place to find support and motivation. I look forward to seeing you around on our Team threads. Remember, you are NOT alone on this journey to a healthier, happier you.

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7/25/14 1:37 P

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Hi Olivia emoticon emoticon to the Dealing with Depression team!! It sounds as if you are in a good place right now. You have some excellent coping skills and it doesn't sound at all cheesy that positivism and meditation are helping you. Your gratitude jar is an excellent idea and what a great way to keep that positive vibe going. We are here to offer you encouragement and support as you work towards your goals. I look forward to receiving from you and giving to you motivation, as we travel this journey to good health and fitness. I hope to see you on the threads often as we cheer you on. Don't be a stranger. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Hey I like that idea about the jar..i need to set one up on my puter desk or in the bath to add to just b4 bed. Hang in there support really helps.
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New at this chatting with peeps I don't kno...It's Monday and after 2 weeks i'm still eating healthy and measuring food..that's a great accomplishment for me.


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7/25/14 10:52 A

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Hello all,

My name is Olivia, I am 22 and I think I am just beginning to get out of my depression. Meditation and positive thinking have really helped me (as cheesy as it sounds). But I think it is always good to have some sort of support, especially the kind I know I will get from this forum. I keep a gratitude jar by my bed and try to fill out a sticky note every night. Keeps me from ruminating. Stay positive!! :)

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7/18/14 11:07 A

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Hi Missy sending you a smile and a warm emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression team. I lived in Houma, Louisiana for 13 years before moving back to the West Coast. I loved every minute of my time there. Take your time looking around the site at all there is here for you. Most of us suffer from depression and some with other disorders/conditions as well. We are here to offer you encouragement in any way that we can. Please post often. Share as much or as little as you like. It is a very safe environment and there are no judgments here. I look forward to reading your posts. We are really glad that you have decided to join us! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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7/18/14 9:13 A

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emoticon to the team, MRSC11162 aka Missy. Unfortunately, I don't know anything about the your medication and its effects. However, it is a great question to to ask your doctor. That aside, I'm sorry to hear you have suffered with depression for so long. Hopefully, this team can help you on those dark days. We are here to support and motivate each other. If you haven't already, feel free to join us on any of our threads. There are some thread just for fun, while there are others to chat about your day or to problem solve. Whatever you do, don't forget to take this journey slowly so you don't get overwhelmed.

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7/17/14 6:59 P

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Hi all, I am Missy, from Louisiana. I have suffered from some type of depression for probably nearly my whole life as I look back. I think mine is caused from being hypothyroid. I have taken meds for it 17 yrs now. I am on 37.5 mg of venlafaxine (effexor) which I would love to get myself weaned from. I have heard that getting off of it is pure he**! I know how the suicidal thoughts come back when I miss 3 dosages (not done on purpose). Is anyone taking effexor or its generic and supplementing with EPA? I plan to ask my dr about it when I go see her the 31st of this month.

Any and all input is welcome.

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7/15/14 9:34 A

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emoticon to the team and to Spark, KOWINGS9 aka Katherine. You are so right. Depression is a difficult disease to live with! The good news is that this team can make it a bit easier. We are here to motivate and support you during those bleakest of days. All you have to do is ask for what you need, share your story or just peruse the boards. Whatever you do, know that you are NOT alone.

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emoticon to Spark and the team, ANDIE130 aka Andie. I'm so glad you took the time to stop in. You must be quite busy with life and those two little ones. Despite your busyness, try to carve out 10 minutes a day for you. Whether you use that time to exercise, meditate or plan you next food store run, those minutes really do matter. And remember, we are here for you.

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Hi everyone. I am Katherine and am living with depression also. It is a tough disease to live with but I know I can make it just like everyone else here who is losing weight and living with depression. Thanks for the motivation!

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7/14/14 11:54 A

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Hello to all!! my name is Andra, you can also call me Andie. I am new to Spark People and I am loving what I have seen. I have been dealing with depression off and on for years it seems. I manage it ok, but there are times its really hard. I am looking forward to dealing with it easier.

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emoticon to the team, MISSVAMP aka Halee. What a tough time you have had! Hopefully this team and this site can help you find support and motivation through whatever you face on a daily basis. Remember to start slowly and under doctor supervision. You don't want to get overwhelmed and give up. Each healthy choice really does make a difference. If you haven't already, check out the Fitness and Nutrition Trackers. They can be really honest, good friends.

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emoticon COURTNESS81. I'm so sorry to hear you are struggling. This site is really a great place to find support and to share what is going on in your life. Our Daily Thread and Our I'm Having a Bad Day are quite active and a great place to vent. We are here to help you through these dark days. Feel free to lean on us.

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7/14/14 8:33 A

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Hello.

I'm Cee. I'd been diagnosed with depression January 2012. Depression runs in my family, yet I was shocked when "I got it". No surprise, really. I lost my parents and one of my sisters within four years of each other. I particularly took the death of my father bad, so much so I developed PTSD from it. I was prescribed psychotropic meds which I am in the middle of weaning off of. Although I have come to grips with the deaths of my family members, I was having marital problems (in which we are now in a "good place") and I gained 50 pounds during the last four years. Now, I am dealing with heart palpitations (another med to take the place of the two I got rid of), most likely stress-related. I am glad to be here. It's hard to discuss this with anyone. It makes me seem "weak" and I'm not crazy about being "weak". emoticon

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7/14/14 6:29 A

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Hi Halee and emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression team!! It sounds as if you have found successful methods helpful in managing your depression and have implemented them into your life. Kudos to you for being proactive and getting a handle on the emotional in your life at such a young age. I wish that home schooling had been available when my kids went to school. I have a son who would have fit into that form of education well. We are very happy to meet you and welcome you into our caring group. Please post as often as you like. Go to the team page and scroll down from the team wall and you will find the Forums with the threads that we have to offer. Peruse what's there and join right in. We offer help for the occasional bad day, daily check ins and games. Or start a thread of your own asking any questions that you may have or goals that you may want to celebrate with us. We are really glad that you have decided to join us!!!! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Hi Courtness81 and emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression team!! Most of us suffer from depression, so you are in good company here. We can certainly relate to problems caused by depression and the resultant feelings that go with them. This is a very caring and compassionate group. We are here for you to listen and to offer you encouragement every step of the way. We care about the whole you from the emotional through the physical. Please do post often anytime of the day or night. There is always someone around who can respond to your posts 24/7. If you feel in need of inspiration or just need a sounding board we have broad shoulders to lean on. I look forward to seeing you on the boards. We are really glad that you have decided to rejoin us!!! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Hello, everyone. My name is Halee. I am 20 years old. I was diagnosed with depression at the beginning of high school. I couldn't manage a normal school environment, so I was homeschooled for the next four years. I've learned to manage my depression and am doing much better. I still get bad days, but they are easier to deal with now.

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Thanks for the warm welcoming! I feel better already.

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Hello, I'm somewhat new. I'm coming back to Spark People after abandoning the site for about 3 years. I really hope to reach my goals this time around. I've been depressed for as long as I can remember, probably since middle school. I was officially diagnosed when I was a sophomore in college. Of course, my weight doesn't help in alleviating any of my depression symptoms. I've joined this team so that I can have someone to talk to when I need it. Sometimes, there's no one who understands what I'm going through. I'm also hoping there are some people on here who've had positive experiences. I'm hoping there are people who can tell me that it does get better.

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7/13/14 1:30 P

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Hi Fromnside and emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression team!!
I am so sorry to hear of your recent losses. My daughter suffers from PTSD and Depression so I know what challenges you have there. Losing seven pounds is great. I'm so glad to hear that you have had good news by going under 180 pounds. I would consider that a goal met. I lived in Louisiana for 13 years and hurricanes have the tendency to be off putting to say the least. Kudos to you for swimming and walking with Leslie Sansone. I know that her program works well. If you have any questions just ask. We listen and we care. There are many caring and compassionate members out there who will have answers. I look forward to seeing your posts. We are really glad that you have decided to join us!! Take care and God bless, Deb

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emoticon to the team, DONNAGREENJEAN. I'm glad you were finally approved for disability. That has to be a load off your mind. You are off to a great start with your weight loss. 5 pounds is equivalent to a sack of sugar. Try holding that the next time you go to the grocery store. It can provide a lot of inspiration! Whatever you do, don't give up. We are here for you.

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emoticon to the team, FROMNSIDE. I'm so sorry to hear that you are now separated and searching for a better job fit. Both can cause an enormous amount of stress and depression. Awareness is a great tool and the fact that you have lost 7 pounds, have been exercising AND you know that you are being pulled back to comfort foods is a great sign of success. If you need anything at all, please feel free to ask. You are NOT alone on this journey to a healthier you.

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It sounds like you have a lot going on. I get like that too where I just can't get out of bed and I just want to lay around all day in my pajamas. Foods cravings are really hard too. I always want whatever comes on the commercials. I always mute the TV when they come and try not to look emoticon They make everything look way better than it really is anyway. You are doing so good with your weight loss. I only started really trying about a month ago and I've only lost 5 lbs.

Well, I hope things start to settle down for you so you can get going again and live a happier life. Welcome to the group!

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hello and thanks for having me. It's nice to see a board for depression. i have had bouts with sadness before and i know i suffer from PTSD. However, i had no idea when i visited this clinic that Severe Depression was going to be the outcome. In one month, I will have been separated(not living together) with my husband for one Year. Here where we live you must be separated, with no intention of moving back in together, for one year before you even get the oppty to file for divorce. I moved out last August the 2nd week and I only saw him 5 times from October to November. He finally said his last goodbye to me via email sometime in February. It was nice to have him completely stop bothering me. Anyway, I worked for about 6 months (first time i had worked in 13 years.) I hated it. It was a bad fit, but I had some bills to pay and they are the only ones who hired me. I've been without work now for roughly 3 months. I am beginning to get a grip on sanity and regaining some energy from that toxic environment. I guess actually, from both the job and the husband (toxic environments). I guess it is the depression, but somedays i workout(swim and LS walking) and other days I have no desire to get out of the bed. i was real gungho on the weightloss when I saw the scale for the first time in a long time under 180 lbs. I've managed to lose 7lbs and keep it off, but the last 3 days with the rain from the hurricane and cooler temps, I just haven't been in the pool. My body seems like it is craving taco bell crunchy tacos, arby's beef and cheddar, KFC's original recipe chicken breast, five guy's french fries, and ruby tuesday's rack of dry-rub ribs. Although the only thing i've had off that list is the tacos, i don't usually ever eat these foods anymore. I guess my brain is trying to lull me out of my depression with old comfort foods.!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hi Miracle25 and emoticon to the site and to the Dealing with Depression team. It does indeed sound as if you are under great stress. This team has a lot to offer in the way of motivation and support, as Mrs Toad has said. Please do not hesitate to post whenever you need to talk. We listen and we care. You may be interested in the Help I'm Having a Bad Day thread. It is a very popular thread and many of our members post there. This is a very caring and compassionate group. We are here for those in need. With over a million members there is a lot of expertise here. Post often and stay in touch. I look forward to seeing you in the forums and on the threads. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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emoticon to the team, MIRACLE25. You certainly have a lot going on! There is no wonder why you are stressed! Know we are here for you. The Daily Thread has a lot of posts all hours of the day and is a great place to find motivation and support even if you only take the time to peruse it. Please feel free to ask for all you need. We are here for you!

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Hi, I am new to this group. I had so many things going on lately (health issues, money issues, family issues, etc.), and since I have moved to a new city, there are no friends and family around. I have difficulty dealing with them all at the same time. It is even harder since I work full-time. I need support and ready to support you as much as I can.

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emoticon QWAVIE. My heart goes out to you at the loss of your daughter and husband. What a difficult time! Be as gentle with yourself as you would a friend during this time of grief. If there is anything we can do, please ask.
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Thank you all for your kinds comments. I have talked to my doctor about this but the doctor I have at the moment doesn't seem to really understand fibromyalgia. I am hoping to find another doctor soon. I just got approved for disability and I was told they can help me find better doctors that can help so I have hope!

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I know your pain. I also have fibromyalgia and can't take the meds they prescribe . I wish you luck in your journey. emoticon

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Hi all hope everyone is having a great summer. I am starting all over again. You know the say if at first you don't succeed try try again. Well I'm trying again. Come on turtle move. emoticon

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emoticon to the team, DONNAGREENJEAN. I'm so sorry to hear that you are struggling with fibromyalgia. It is indeed a difficult disease to control as well as feel well enough to exercise. Have you discussed this predicament with the doctor? Did he/she have any suggestions? No matter what you day brings, know you are NOT alone. We are here to help you succeed.

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emoticon to Spark, KIMBER1984. It's good to see you. You have set some manageable goals (healthier eating, exercising more and getting more sleep) that will indeed help you find that healthier you. If you haven't already, make them more definitive (64 oz of water, 10 minutes of exercise a day, or 8 hours of sleep) and then use the Other Goals tracking to watch your success grow. Above all, remember we are here for you.

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Hi Donnagreenjean and emoticon to both the Spark People and the Dealing with Depression team. Most of us suffer from depression but many of us suffer from other conditions as well. Combination conditions can often be challenging to the healthy lifestyle that we all are trying to achieve. Losing weight can be daunting even when everything is perfect. Here you will find suggestions for exercises and proper nutrition which should help you achieve your goals. There are tools to help you keep track of your progress and motivation to help keep your spirits up as you make your way. This team is a wonderful place to come when you are down and need a helping hand. It is a group comprised of wonderful people with a lot of expertise to share. We are willing to help you every step of the way as you travel your journey to good health. So please post often and do not be a stranger. We are really glad that you have decided to join us. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon emoticon

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Welcome Donna Jean and I hope you stick with SP. I started on January 1st and it is tough to get going but now I am comfortable with SP and all the features on this site and I've lost almost 40 pounds!

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hi, I joined this group a little while ago but i haven't really participated yet. I just wanted to say hi, I'm here and welcome new friends.

I am 42 and live in Fairbanks, Alaska with my husband of 22 years and two boys 17 & 20 years old. I have fibromyalgia and often fight depression. I am trying hard to lose weight but I am having such a hard time but I'm here and trying the best I can.

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Hi Kimber1984 and emoticon to the Dealing with Depression team. This is a great place to give and receive support! I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in my 40's too. It's nice when you find the right medications and your life starts working again. You have joined a great group of people who sincerely care. We are really glad that you have decided to join us! Take care and God bless, Deb

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Hi all not new to spark but starting all over AGAIN 😩 I am new to this team and just looking for support and will definitely give support back. I am 40 years old and have just started to get my life on track. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in October last year 😀😢 I can say that I am for the most part in control now with the help of my meds!
Just wanted to stop in and introduce myself.
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Welcome to the team! I've been on SP off and on, mainly off, but when I'm on, I get so much motivation! I hope you find the same to be true!

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emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Hi and welcome to the site and to the team!! I hope that you had many good wishes and a really terrific birthday!Take your time looking around the site at all there is here for you. We are really glad that you have decided to join us!! Take care and God bless, Deb

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Thank you!! It is a bit overwhelming, but I am going to take it one step at a time. I am inspired and motivated by the people I have encountered thus far.

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emoticon to both Spark and this team, AKA_GAMERMOM aka ReginaMary and Happy 49th Birthday.

I'm so glad your friend referred you to this site and that you jumped right in. It's a great site fun of information, motivation and support. Just remember, take it slow so you don't get overwhelmed. Know that this team is here for you in the good times and the bad. All you have to do is ask.

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Hi everyone! I am ReginaMary. A friend recommended the site to me recently and I am still working my way through all of the features. This group spoke to me because I have clinical depression. Actually, the term my doctor used was "mood disorder-low end" :)
I have been thriving under the doctor's care for over 10 years and I thank God for that! I have a strong faith, a wonderful family and a commitment to staying healthy. I look forward to meeting everyone in this group as we all work towards being the best people we can be!

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emoticon to the Spark and the team, SKINIMILA. I'm so glad you took the time to post. As with anything that is new, take your time to get used to Spark. A couple of things that will give you help immediately are the Nutrition and Fitness Trackers. They will give you an idea of where you are and where you want to be. In the meantime, we are here for you.

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Hi!
I'm from Croatia, Europe and I just joined spark so just a quick hello for now until I set up my page and all ..

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Hi KBS2334 and WELCOME.

You are right, this is a great group and one can find lots of support here. I know I sure have.

Right now, your life sounds wonderful, but as someone who has had depression for a long time i know it's not what it seems but how you feel. Feeling down can make even living in the Caribbean and going to vet school depressing, as you said. You have taken on a lot in your life, a move, school, weight gain that I know you didn't plan - but I know you can manage it in time. Take it SLOW, really...don't expect overnight results. But DO EXPECT results.

I want to encourage you to find someone to see as a therapist. I think this will help you a great deal as it has helped me go from a suicidal mess to a pretty, well not "chill" but at least not a mess! I wish you all the best and hope to see you on the thread. emoticon Welcome again, Julie emoticon

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emoticon to the team, KBS2344. You are NOT alone. The stresses in life coupled with depression certainly do get in the way of our health. If you haven't already, set some small, obtainable goals and track them. Seeing your progress is a great way to keep your exercise streak going. In the meantime, know we are here for you.

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Morning everyone! Just found this thread and it seems like amazing support. I've battled depression since a young teen. I've never had treatment and shy away from therapy although I feel like it may be the next best thing. I'm currently living my dream on a small Caribbean island going to vet school. I am very happy with the way things are coming together but still have these HORRIBLE days!!! I'm my own worst enemy and my depression gets worse with major stress.. school. Having a blah, exhausted day today even with a full 8 hours of sleep. Trying to get back on track but have really been lacking on the exercise front. I've gained 20 lbs since November and would really like my clothes to fit again!!!!!! Thanks for listening! Hope everyone else is having a good day.

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Thank You all for such a warm welcome! I feel better already... emoticon
I agree FATCRISMATIC, blood sugar mood swings are an unwelcome added bonus emoticon . But life is like that, sometimes you just have to deal with it.. emoticon
And yes that is funny...suddnely I am few pounds lighter! emoticon

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Cheryl, you are such an inspiration to all three! Now go have some fun! emoticon
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emoticon --CHERYL--. I'm so glad you joined us and took the time to post. You certainly have a lot going on in your life. The ages of your kids alone, much less your struggle with depression, would leave anyone exhausted. Wow!

In the meantime, enjoy the motivation an support you find here on Spark. We are truly here to help you succeed in finding that healthier you.

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What a nice welcome! I have a child in college, one high school senior and a 3rd grader ---all with very different agendas emoticon --and I see them every day but understand if I didn't, I would feel the way you do and want to see them as much as possible emoticon



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I am very similar mentally and physically and I think it's a huge step for you to talk about it now on spark people - kudos to you!!!

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Sunmit25, this is a great start! Kudos to you with your ambition. Having someone to talk to and a good med cocktail is quite impressive. I know type 2D is a challenge. My man found out several years ago that he had it. So he went on the computer to see the diet to help control it. My heart goes out to you because if your blood sugar is too high or low a new mood arises. I've seen a few from him and he is not a moody person.
Oh, by the way is your squashed I guess you are a bit lighter. emoticon emoticon emoticon Hopefully you found that funny too!

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Welcome Care!! Glad you joined us. also gladyou have a cocktail of meds that work for you. Depression is not fun. I have my good and bad days.

Just a thought. Don't struggle - perhaps if you just live in the moment and maybe smile the struggle will be easier. I dislike struggling with anything.

Angels sent to cheer you up! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Cheryl you are so right The possiblities are endless! So take a deep breath and think "Live in this moment." Now you have begun your new journey of life.

How old are your children? Mine are grown woman, but I do enjoy my grandchildren. Don't see them as often as I would like, so when I do I am like a child with a new friend. Happy! It's not that they live so far away - they are just busy.

Welcome to our world. emoticon

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Hello everyone,
I am new to the team.Although on SP before, I didn't deal or talk about my mental health issues, depression being a BIG part of my life, and so did'n't face my truth. It's great to see such a huge forum and membership so I don't feel so alone.

I am 5'8 and in my late 40s, Raised on the southwest coast and now live in the southeast. I am doing my best to bring up three children and spent recent years isolating myself due to this disease. emoticon and hope to share the good and the bad here and want to ween myself off meds in the near future. The possibilities are endless emoticon





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emoticon to the team, SUNMIT25. You certainly have a lot on your plate! Hopefully Spark will help keep you motivated and not overwhelm you. Start slowly and set some manageable goals. As you meet these goals, reward yourself and set another goal... You will find that healthier you along the way.

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emoticon to the team, CAREBEARRUM aka Care. I'm so glad you found both Spark and this team. This is a great place to find motivation and support. All you have to do is ask. As for Spark, tool handy tools here are the Fitness and Nutrition Tracker. Not only do they help you stay on task, but there can be a handy tool for your doctors when you print out the info. Whatever you do, remember we are here for you.

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Hi Everyone! I am Sunmit25, a grad student working on my PhD. I have been dealing with depression for a long time but got diagnosed very recently. I am trying to manage it with therapy and meds. Between grad school, depression, type 2 Diabetes and weight management, I sometimes feel that I am going to get squashed!
I joined in January, but only started today. I hope this is a good start!

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Hi everyone I'm Care, and I'm new. I've been dealing with depression since I was a teenager. Finally found out help about 3 years ago, now I'm on an antidepressant and latuda for my mood disorder. I'm 36 and about 470 lbs, I'm struggling to deal with everything and lose weight.

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emoticon to Spark, STARSHINE1CA aka Anita. We're so glad to have you on our team. With that being said, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear husband. That is an unimaginable loss and my heart aches for you. What a great job you are doing! A ten pound loss is worth celebrating. Don't forget to reward yourself for all your hard work up to this point. Remember, you are NOT alone on this journey.

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Welcome, Anita! Glad to have you back! emoticon

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I forgot to introduce myself... emoticon It has only been a month! lol But forgive my memory but late is better than never. My name is Anita and I am from Ontario Canada. I lost my husband 8 years ago and I miss him each and every day.

I have dealt with PTSD and depression most of my life. The past few years I have really seemed to get it under control with meds and lots of therapy. I am an emotional eater therefore I have battled with my weight since my 20s.

Spark People is a Godsend! I joined about a month ago (returned) and taking this very seriously and have lost 10 pounds and feeling very positive about myself and this journey.

Wishing you all a great day, Anita emoticon

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emoticon to both Spark and the team, CHRISTINACOFFEE aka Christina. You are off to a great start. Remember that it is all about moderation and a lifestyle change for the long haul. Don't forget to reward yourself for meeting your goals. It will help you stay motivated. In the meantime, I hope to see you around on the boards. We are here for you.

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Hi Christina, Welcome to the group! emoticon

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Thanks Krill14!

Welcome ChristinaCoffee!

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I am Christina. I am new at SparkPeople emoticon
I use it just for 5 days but I see progress already.
I suffer from emotional depression so any support and friends are more than welcome.
Thank you very much.
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6/11/14 9:25 P

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Welcome, MadMadrian. Your story sounds so much like mine so I can feel what you are going through. I have also been unemployed for over 2 years and that alone can create a tremendous amount of stress. Good luck to you!

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6/11/14 2:10 P

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Thanks Mrs Toad :/

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