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9/11/14 6:21 A

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Hi MIAMIAMIA20 emoticon emoticon to the Dealing with Depression team! We are here to help support and encourage you as you work towards your goals. We are all in this together, so please rely on us when you are in need. We are really glad that you have decided to join us! Take care and God bless, Deb

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9/10/14 9:47 A

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MIAMIAMIA20,

Welcome to the group. Baby steps are the way to handle depression and GAD. I hope that you will find joining this group hellpful, as I find there are very supportive of their members and always willing to help out with suggestions and encouragement.

Welcome to Dealing with Depression group.

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9/10/14 9:22 A

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emoticon to the team, MIAMIAMIA20. I'm so sorry to hear you are struggling. The good news is that this team is very supportive, active and caring. If you haven't already, check out some of our other threads. You can just peruse them or add to them if you like. Whatever you do, do what is comfortable for you and take it slowly. We are here for you.

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9/10/14 6:17 A

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Hi everyone,

I'm not new to SparkPeople, but I am new to the group. I've been struggling with depression and GAD for a few years now, though the past two years have been worse. Right now I'm just trying to take baby steps to get back to leading a normal, productive and active life since my studies and pretty much everything else has fallen by the wayside.

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9/8/14 9:44 A

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emoticon LBANICH. I'm so glad to know that you are back and have decided to make yourself a priority. You and your doctor together can figure out you best plan of action; however, each and every healthy choice you make really does make a difference. Have a great day!

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9/7/14 8:52 P

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LBANICH, Welcome to the group, Liz! Good on you for taking charge!

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My name is Liz, this is a second go around for SparkPeople for me. I just went for my annual check up and was given the news that I might be diabetic. I have to do more testing to see for sure, but it has sparked a new motivation for me to really focus on my health and weight. I am 29, a RN case manager for a pediatric home health agency and I absolutely love my job.

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9/7/14 8:01 P

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CAPTAINWOLFE, There is nothing pitiful or shameful about experiencing an illness. You've found your way here and you're among friends. Welcome. :)

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9/7/14 7:58 P

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GOTATOWEL, It's become quite widely accepted lately that cardiovascular exercise is highly effective as a treatment for depression. I myself find that I do MUCH, MUCH better if I exercise regularly. If I stop - even for a few days - I start to backslide into depression again. I have made easily the most improvement with my PTSD when I have been exercising like a crazy person.

For example. A week ago I'd not gone to the gym for 2 weeks and my mood was perhaps 3/10. I've worked out 5 of the last 7 days and my mood today is a solid 8/10. I feel fantastic. It really helps!

Welcome to the group!

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9/6/14 11:56 A

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GOTATOWEL,

Welcome to the group. I haven't checked out your sparkpage but I see the link on your post so it is probably set up right.

I am glad you made the decision to seek professional help for your depression. I know it was one of the best things I did. I am currently finding this site helpful in moving me forward with other health and personal goals. I hope you find it helpful for you. This group is amazing in supporting its members.

Welcome.

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9/6/14 11:07 A

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emoticon to the team, GOTATOWEL! I'm so glad you are on the road to beating your depression once again. You have a lot working in your favor and that's great news. Another positive is that you have your Spark Teams to offer additional encouragement and support. If you ever need anything, please feel free to ask. We are here to help you succeed on this journey to a healthier and happier you.

I went to your page and noticed that you don't have any "friends". Feel free to add people along the way so that they can help you and you can help them.

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9/6/14 6:55 A

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Hi GOTATOWEL emoticon emoticon to the Dealing with Depression team! I stopped by your page and it is completely visible. Congratulations on amping up your exercise regimen. I'm glad that you have a good support system in place and that your medication is working for you. I've always found a combination of medication and therapy to be highly effective for me. Please post often for the most in support and encouragement. We love sharing with you and having you share with us. We are really glad that you have decided to join us! Take care and God bless, Deb

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9/6/14 6:32 A

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Hi everyone.

After about 12 months of denial, I've admitted that my depression (beaten into remission after a bad couple of years) is back, with a vengeance.

I just got tired of feeling like I was constantly swimming upstream.

I'm now on medication, am going to see a psychologist, have a very supportive GP and am trying to keep my exercise up because it does make me feel better (it's just that "better" at the moment is "kind of less grey", not "happy").

Also I'm kind of still new to all this, so let me know if my sparkpage isn't visible?

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emoticon to both Spark and this team, CAPTAINWOLFE. emoticon on your 80 pound weight loss. That is an amazing accomplishment despite all that you have been through. Spark is a a huge site with lots to explore. Whatever you decide to do, take it slowly. The last thing you want to do is get overwhelmed and frustrated. If you haven't already, feel free to check out the other Team threads. There are a lot of them and depending on the day, one may be more applicable than another. (Sometimes it is inspirational just to read through some of the posts.)

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9/5/14 6:19 A

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Hi CAPTAINWOLFE and emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression team!! This is a very uplifting, caring and compassionate group. I'm so sorry that you are having such difficulties. Congratulations on losing that 80 pounds! What a terrific feat that is. Hopefully you will find the support and encouragement here that you need to fight your depression and help you cope with your activities of daily living. You have touched my heart with your story. If you need to talk, the boards are the place to be. Share as much or as little as you like. There is a wealth of information and resources for you here. Take your time learning your way around the site, so that you do not become frustrated or overwhelmed. Please post often. We listen and we care. Skelley has given you some great advice. Keep in touch with the group so that we can continue to offer you solace. We are really glad that you have decided to join us!!! Take care and God bless, Deb

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9/4/14 8:37 P

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thanks skelley good advice i will look for a better tomorrow

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9/4/14 6:30 P

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This is totally going to sound cliche, HOWEVER, having said that, tomorrow is a new day... We can all get back on the wagon, wake up on the right side of the bed instead of the wrong one and there are lots of other possibilities with a new day. It sounds cheesy, etc., but I have figured out that baby steps are the best way for me to survive for the time being anyway. It's how I get through my day, my week and my life. This has taken a LONG time to figure out and I still struggle with finding the silver lining and reigning myself back in so that I don't freak out about the little things. I think baby steps into starting anew is a good idea and hopefully your tomorrow will be brighter than today. emoticon

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Thanks for the uplifting support message skelly, it does mean alot to have someone reply quickly and thoughtfully who understands. I used to be a very productive person before my stroke and had a lot of friends and business associates I was active in the community as a paramedic and ambulance captain also a scout leader for my sons troop and coached baseball , soccer and basketball. I have no desire for any of this anymore,(not that i could even if i wanted too) both my sons live over 2 hours away, and i see them rarely, as they are busy with their lives I know no one in my community and they dont seem to take to strangers well. so I get up eat a little, do some house chores outside and inside breath and go to bed, sounds exciting doesnt it. My anxiety ocd meds keep me lethargic and that with my confusion, depression etc. is my life in a nutshell, sorry to be such a downer maybe tomorrow i will be more upbeat.

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9/4/14 6:02 P

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Wow Captain! It sounds like you have been through a lot in your life so far, but know that the rest of us in this group are dealing with the same issues that you are. I, myself, deal with loneliness, depression, anxiety attacks and I'm dealing with the loss of a job and the death of my father. It's always nice to know there's somebody out there that's having a hard time just like you that you can lean on. You know, the whole Misery loves company thing. It's better to hear that people are doing great though so I think with the help of this group and you being active in posting here on the site, things will start to look up for you. Once you explore more about the site I think you will be motivated to lose those last five lbs and maybe even find some new friends!! I've only been here a little more than a week and I've been impressed with all the support that I've been given in such a short period of time. emoticon

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Hi Everyone. I as the forum states , am new here i have been registered for a few days but have not been very motivated to explore the overwhelming amount of information here. I think i will really enjoy it when i can get myself to read and explore it. I am nearing the end of my weight loss goal as i have lost about 80lbs and only have about 5 lbs to go. My biggest problem is depression and anxiety, I am a 50+ yr old male divorced with two sons in their 20's one is a chef at a country club and the other is in grad school in philly. I live in a small town of only about 200 people in a home that has been in our family for over 100 yrs and is the oldest home in the bourough of what once was a booming coal mining town. I had a stroke about 3 yrs ago and lost my business and had to declare bankruptsy, due to the confusion, and memory loss , now I am lonely, no job or purpose in life, i am concerned about my health as the resulting stress from my situation is causing lightheadedness, confusion, depression and not to mention i am a life long sufferer of OCD. Yes I am really that pitiful, anyway sorry to rant I was really just planning to say hi and give a quick intro. I hope everyone hear is having a great day and being successful in all your goals. If I can be of any help to anyone please feel free to contact me if you want here or my email ron@wolfesden.ws. I will hopefully be more upbeat next time . By the way I am an ordained minister, and college grad. not that i can do anything with any of that now but thought you might be less likely to think of me as a total loser.

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emoticon and welcome to SparkPeople. I am a new member myself having only been here for a week or so. I too suffer from depression and have over 100 lbs to lose. So far I have found this place to be wonderful!! Unfortunately/fortunately I have already had personal issues that I have taken the chance and come to SparkPeople to get support from and maybe even fix and I swear people have come out of the wood work to help me and offer me support. You have found a great place to help yourself so congrats for making such a good decision. They are right about posting often because it truly does help getting those little boosts when you need them and if you fall off the wagon there's always support for that too! Good luck on your new adventure and remember to have compassion for yourself!!

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emoticon to the team, MELLOWPUPPY aka Ky. I feel your frustration over your weight and depression. The good news is that we are here to help you succeed despite the obstacles that may/will arise. Remember, no matter how small, every healthy choice you make will help replace those old, unhealthy habits with healthier ones. And it takes time to make the change. Be as gentle with yourself as you are with your child. You can do this taking one small step at a time.

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9/3/14 3:47 P

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Hi Ky emoticon emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression team!! It's nice to meet you. Yes we all have our good and bad days. Hopefully more good than bad. We are here to provide you with the support and the encouragement to help you successfully work towards your goals. Please post often. The more you post the better opportunity we have of helping you along this journey. We listen and we care, so share as much or as little as you like. 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, my name is Ky and im a 30yr stay at home mom and wife. I have nothing stopping me from my 100+ weight loss journey but myself. Ive struggled with depression my whole life and have my good days and bad like most. I am very anti social and trying to change that because I believe if I allow others to help me with my success, I will be more successful.

Looking forward to meeting you all!

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To all our newbies, emoticon and emoticon to SparkPeople and the team...Nice to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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8/28/14 5:23 P

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Sorry about that. Like I said still new here and I didn't realize that nobody could find me. I think that's fixed now as I was able to find myself so go for it!!

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Hi SKELLEY3440 , I wanted to thank you for your comment on my Spark Page. I tried to find yours so that I could send you a goodie and I don't find it listed. Is it possible that you have it set to offline? or possibly private? You can reset your Spark Page to public and then anyone can access it by going to the Edit feature on the page. I would like to "friend" you and keep in touch. Please feel free to "friend" me. If your page is set to Private, I can access it as your friend. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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8/28/14 3:51 P

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Hi SKELLEY3440 emoticon emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression team! You will find inspiration everywhere on this team. We are here to provide motivation and support for your needs as you travel towards fitness and health. We are all in this together. Let us know if we can provide you with more encouragement as you work towards achieving your goals. Please post often. The more you post the more help you will receive and the more you can help someone else in need. 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, Skelley3440- Thanks for sharing your story. You never know who you might be encouraging. Know we are here to encourage and support you throughout your journey wherever it may take you. Let us know if you need help finding something or just some encouragement. We are here for you.

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emoticon to the team, SMARTBUTBROKEN aka Naomi. I'm so sorry to hear about your job loss. I can't imagine how that has affected you. Know you are NOT alone on this journey to a healthier and happier you. We are here to listen, to care, to encourage and to walk the road with you without any judgment. Let us know how we can help you along the way.

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I'm very proud of you!! I have had a bunch of situational depressive episodes lately that make it EXTREMELY hard for me to get out of bed. My safe place is in bed with my dog and if I didn't have two children to take care of, that's exactly where I would stay! I'm new here (just started 8/27/14) and I'm just getting my feet wet, but it's good to know that I'm not the only one that feels that way and that if you can get up and exercise even with your doubt, lack of motivation and med changes to exercise and be healthy, then that's a lot of motivation for others like us out there! Thank you for being inspirational!

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Hi Naomi emoticon emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression team! I'm sorry to hear about your job loss. I wish you luck with the job hunt. I stopped by your Spark Page and see that you have some very doable goals. Congratulations for having lost almost half of your weight. That is a great accomplishment and I'm sure that you will be successful here. I know that as far as I am concerned you are already a great success story. You will make many friends here on site, especially the more you post. We are here to offer you support and encouragement as you work with us toward your goals. I look forward to seeing you in the Forums and on the threads. It is wonderful to have you with us! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Hi Ronnie emoticon emoticon to the Dealing with Depression team! You are most certainly not alone. Going through med changes can be daunting and obviously our state of mind is suffering. Keep in touch with the group. We will help you in any way that we can in order to help you feel less alone and to validate good feelings. Having exercised is an accomplishment to be proud of. I hope that you begin to feel better soon as your medication kicks in and the exercise helps release much needed endorphins. We are really glad that you have decided to join us. We do listen and we do care. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Naomi here. I was let go from my job today, due to failure to show. I suffer from all sorts of issues. I am stuck in the weight game @ 179lbs. Years ago I weighed almost 300 lbs. So, I am proud of my accomplishments. Just wanting to move past my CRAPPY state of being and get on with a happier way to live.



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emoticon to the team, NOAHSGMA aka Ronnie. I'm so sorry to hear of your downward spiral. You are in such a difficult place. The good news is that between the support on Spark, your med change and your exercise, you will get through this tough time.

emoticon on getting your exercise done. Remember even 10 minutes can make a difference in both your physical health and your mental outlook. You are NOT alone.

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Hi my name is Ronnie. I'm doing my best to fight an episode. I've been in a downward spiral for about six weeks and am going through a med change. I exercised today and it took everything I had, but I did it. I'm hoping your support will help me stay positive and not feel so alone. emoticon

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Thanks for the reminder that every choice we make makes a difference.


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emoticon to the team, PAULA12211. We're so glad you are here. I'm so sorry to hear you have been battling depression. Spark really is all about replacing old, unhealthy habits with new, healthier choices. Each and every choice we make really does make a difference. Remember to start with small goals and once you get the hang of them, move on to more difficult goals. And ALWAYS remember to reward yourself when you succeed.You are worth every minute of this journey.

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emoticon to the group, HAMMER_1979 aka Amber. I'm so glad you found this site and have introduced yourself. This site and this team are all about motivating and encouraging one another especially on those difficult days. We are here to help you succeed. If you haven't already seen this, here are helpful guides to get started:

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Hi PAULA12211 emoticon emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression team!! This is a very good place to come when you feel depressed and are low.This is a caring and compassionate group. We are here to support and encourage you whenever you should need an uplifting moment. I'm glad to hear that your bypass surgery has resulted in improved health. I hope that improved health will also eventually lead to improved mental health for you. Often the two go hand in hand. Please post often. 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

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I'm new to the site. I've been battling depression for so long I can't even tell you how long. I'm 54 had gastric bypass surgery. My heatlh is a ton better. I just wish the surgery worked on my brain the same way it did my health.

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Hi Amber, Welcome and glad you found this group. Good luck to you! emoticon

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Hi my name is Amber, I am 34 and from Ohio. I am new to all this so I hope I am doing this right. I have dealt with depression on and off since I was 13, but the last 14 years have been the worst causing my continual weight gain. Most days I dont feel like moving at all, but something has lit a fire in me and I want to change. Thank you in advance for your help and support.

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emoticon to Spark and to this team, PURPLESPARCK aka Lin. It's great to know you are swapping out old habits for healthier, new ones. You certainly are on the road to success and armed with the SP mobile app. Know that we are here for you are those darkest of dark days, but also the celebratory, happy ones. You are NOT alone on this journey to a healthier you!

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Hi Lin emoticon emoticon back to the Sparkpeople and to the Dealing with Depression team!! I love your upbeat attitude. There have been a lot of changes here on site, especially within the last year or so. It sounds as if you have acclimated yourself to all of the changes well. We are here to offer you support and encouragement as you work toward your goals. Please post often. Share as much or as little as you like. We love to get to know you better and learn of your progress through your posts. Your positivism is refreshing and your enthusiasm is catching! 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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Howdy! I'm Lin from Syracuse, NY. I'm 52 and have suffered with depression most of my adult life. Things are starting to improve for me lately. Been making changes .... dropping bad habits and learning new habits.

I was on SP regaularly a long while ago and just out of the blue decided to come back to see what's new here. Boy was I pleasantly surprised at some of the new changes. I love the "goals". Love that you can pick stock pics or your own and add comments and personal goals. I downloaded the app to my tablet and phone so whenever I need a "boost", I can look at my goals. ;-)

Hope to get to know some of y'all as I go along here.

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emoticon to the team, CTOOMANYKIDZ. First and foremost, I'm so glad you took the time to post. The first few weeks it takes time to get used to the ins and outs of Spark. If you have any questions, please ask. Second, whatever you do, follow your doctor's orders. You don't want to be doing something that is no good for your health circumstances. Third, depression as you know is a very difficult disease to manage. Has the doctor given you any suggestions as to what you can do to lessen the effects? Hopefully he/she can help you manage the symptoms. In the meantime, we are here for you. I look forward to getting to know you.

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Hi CTOOMANYKIDZ emoticon emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression team!! First of all, take things slowly in the beginning,so you do not become frustrated or overwhelmed. Change only one or two things, letting those become habit before adding more to your program. As for getting acclimated, I don't know if you have come across the Getting Started Guide, so I am going to give that link to you at the end of this post. It is invaluable in getting to know the features and resources the site has to offer. Take your time and learn about all the information available to you here.

As for motivation and support, you are in the right place. We are here to offer encouragement every step of the way. Becoming more fit and healthy are difficult things to do on your own,so feel free to rely on the group to help you obtain your goals. Please post often and be sure to set up a Spark Page. It gives us more opportunity to support you as you make your way. We can help you through the rough spots by leaving you inspirational messages, commenting on your blogs, sending you the occasional virtual goodie to help make your day and we can learn all about you more easily. The Forums and the Threads are here to help you have fun, check in with the team and document your bad days if you so choose to ask for help. Check out the topics and just jump right in where ever something looks interesting. I look forward to seeing you in the Forums and on the Threads!! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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New to all this and have NO clue what I am doing, so just winging it. I introduced myself on the other page thingy then saw this so think i put it in wrong place (not that it lets you say much). One of my sons is a fitness type and sent me some stretches to start with from this site when I asked him about low key stuff to get me started. He was just deployed the week after sending me this so can't really ask him alot. Got a treadmill for my anniversary and have yet to get on it because the day after it was delivered I threw my back out. Officially the doc says I shifted my Sacrum and Coxic. In other words my lower back. Now doc says I have stuff going on with my heart as well but we don't know what and my knees are shot. Also have a 3 yr old, and my 2 yr old Godson is living with me so my "me time" is limited as is. Need to get more motivation and find a way through all these challenges and excuses but the depression of the image in the mirror takes it right back away from me.

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emoticon to the team, HEIDIJUNEBUG. You are absolutely right. Exercise can be such a great tool in fighting depression. You also made a great vending machine choice. Each time you make a healthy choice be it exercise or nutrition, you are changing the way you think. Unhealthy habits are REPLACED by healthier habits. If you haven't already, you might want to think about tracking your goals so you can SEE your progress. Whatever you chose, know we are here for you.

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Hi HEIDIJUNEBUG emoticon emoticon to the Dealing with Depression team! Some of the foods that are of help when addressing your depression is the consumption of plenty of dark, green leafy vegetables along with unprocessed lean protein and healthy fats. Sometimes Vitamin D can be an issue for those with depression. It is wise to check with your doctor to be sure that there are no underlying physical problems which may be helping cause or exacerbate your depression like a Vitamin D deficiency or thyroid problems.. Get plenty of Omega 3's in your diet. Those come from a variety of sources but fish, like salmon and tuna are good ones as are nuts and some vegetable oils. In general eating a properly balanced diet is key in any weight control, but some of the above ideas may help you out specifically for your depression. You have already found the exercise quotient in depression and how much that can help as well. I wish you great success with your goals! emoticon again. Please post often, so that we can encourage you along the way. Take care and God bless, Deb

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Hi! emoticon I'm new here (on the team, not new to SparkPeople). I have been dealing with depression for about a year now, but I did not realize until recently what is going on. Well, depression sure is a good reason to exercise more often. I have noticed when I exercise I feel better for a while after. I am also trying to find out which foods might help and which ones to avoid. I look forward to getting to know the team and to find and give support. :-)

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emoticon to the team, BLINKINBAKER. I'm so sorry you are struggling so. Thankfully, you have your husband and now this team to help you through those difficult days. If you haven't already, check out our other threads. Some will help you laugh (Joke Thread) and some will help you through your day (Daily Thread). There are so many to peruse or even participate in. Whatever you do, know you are NOT alone on this journey.

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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. I look forward to being part of this group. Having people to learn from, lean on, and cry to. I'm here for anyone that needs an ear or a virtual shoulder.

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Hi Jennifer, Welcome! emoticon
I hope you stick with the meditation and yoga. I have been meditating for years and it gets more powerful over time. I can actually meditate away a migraine in about 15 minutes.

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Hi my name is Jennifer. I am new to the team. I have about 48 pounds to lose, which feels pretty daunting, but slow and steady right. I have dealt with depression and anxiety all my life. I have tried medication in the past when I got pretty bad postpartum (all I wanted to do was sleep) and they put me on some lexipro - I felt very numb to the world and hated it. I can swing quite a bit at times and it is a struggle, thank god I have support from my husband. The sad days can be quite rough, and having to explain that you are just not here right now gets pretty rough at times. I have recently turned to meditation, yoga, and such and find that it does help keep me calm. I have been trying to identify triggers and redirect my thoughts. My biggest problem is I get stuck in a maze of "should haves" and "what if's." I will replay conversations over and over and get no where. It feels like I am right there, it's happening all over again. It's weird for me to talk about. Most members in my mother's family have depression, but we never talk about it.

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emoticon to the team, CHEWYSMOMMA. Your response to MDAVIS is right on point. Thank you for sharing your time and experience. Also, congrats on losing 3 pounds and for continuing to work towards that healthier you. Remember that each healthy choice you make really does make a difference in the long run. Keep pushing!

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emoticon to the team, MDAVIS55951. There are no words to express how sorry I am to hear about the loss of Mom. It causes such a disruption in life in so many different areas. ChewysMomma is right. You need to treat yourself with compassion and kindness during this time of grief. Set a small goal for yourself and work towards that each day. And remember, you are NOT alone on this journey. We are here for you.

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Just a quick note..losing someone so close to the holidays is rough in itself...Losing a mom is rough, I kno I've lost mine...It was a long time ago, but sometimes it feels like yesterday. Give yourself time and compassion and remember baby steps...It never gets better, it just gets easier....

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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Hi I'm new to the group. I've been dealing with depression since Nov 2013 when I found out my mom had liver cancer and had 6 months to a year to live. We only had a short time to spend with her, she lost her battle Dec 10, 2013. I am also currently battling allergic asthma and have trouble breathing. It's getting better but still a long struggle ahead. I have some good days but mostly bad. It's hard to get up and do things and get back to a normal life that I knew. I have more then 100lbs to lose and it's all a hard cycle to break since everything ties into each other.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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7/15/14 9:32 A

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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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7/15/14 8:04 A

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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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7/14/14 9:35 A

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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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7/14/14 9:31 A

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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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7/14/14 3:33 A

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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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7/14/14 1:38 A

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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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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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