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emoticon to the team, NWOODS9 aka Norma Jean. (Congrats on your 14 years of sobriety. What a feat of strength!) This team is a great place to find support and motivation. Unfortunately, the winter months can often make it more difficult to exercise and battle depression. The good news is that we are here for you. Just ask for what you need.

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12/19/14 10:33 A

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Hi, I'm Norma Jean. I've battled depression since I graduation from high school. Became inactive and lead a sedentary life style.

I medicated myself with alcohol to relieve the depression. Didn't know at the time I was depressed.

I have been sober for 14 years this August 16, 2015. I started taking Zoloft shortly after I stopped drinking.

Since I've joined SparkPeople, and started loosing weigh, I stopped taking Zoloft in April, 2014. This is the first time I've managed the Fall Blues this well since I recognized my depression.

Good new is that I discovered exercising is the key for me. I've become more active and the journey continues. I knew and heard that exercise was good for depression, but didn't act on it.

Well, better later than never!!

Edited by: NWOODS9 at: 12/19/2014 (10:33)
On my way to a better life. Fulfilling some goals I've failed in the past and pursuing new challenges to achieve my life's journey to wellness.

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emoticon to the team, AB8174. You have been here on Spark for 5 years so you know that your battle with depression and PTSD has its down time. We are here to offer you support. If there is anything we can do to help, feel free to ask. In the meantime, stick to small, healthy and achievable goals. These small changes really do help over the long run.

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emoticon to the team, OOPSOCD. I'm so sorry to hear you have struggled with depression since your teens. It certainly is a challenging and frustrating disease. The good news is that this team knows the ins and outs of depression first-hand and can offer support and motivation. We are here for you.

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Hello :) I have been a member of Spark for about 5 years and have had some success with it, though I find it incredibly hard to stay on track due to my depression and PTSD. I realize how much better I feel when I exercise and eat right, but my mind seems to fight me the whole way. Anyway, I hope I can find some support here to help me get on with the challenges ahead.

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emoticon to all the new team members... emoticon to SparkPeople's DwD team emoticon ...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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My name is Chantal and I'm new to the team. I've dealt with depression since I was in high school so it's just a part of who I am.

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emoticon to the team, FABULOUSINBLUE. I'm so sorry to hear about your medical difficulties. All of that and then to break your foot. The good news is that you found Spark and this team. We look forward to helping you during this time of recovery and healing. Take it easy on that foot and continue working those seated exercises under the instruction of your therapist.

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emoticon POPEYETHETURTLE! I'm so, so sorry to hear about your 10+ week ordeal, but I'm glad to see you back here on Spark. I have always looked up to your honesty and straightforwardness. You and your DW have been through the ringer and need all the support and motivation this team can give. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you along the way. You are NOT alone and have been terribly missed.

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Hi everyone,
I joined SP last week and am slowly getting to know my way around the place. I have struggled with depression for many years. My mother died when I was 14 but was in an institution on and off for a couple of years before that due to undiagnosed epilepsy. I had two major episodes of depression at 30 and 34 when my daughters were born and in the second instance was admitted to a mother baby unit for 10 days when my youngest was five months old. I have been on and off medication since then and am now 52 and still battling it. When I was 44 I joined the local gym again but this time committed to it fully and lost twelve kilos. I love exercise but most of all the company of others. At home on my own I often feel depressed. In September I injured back and five weeks ago I slipped and broke a bone in my foot and so I have not been able to participate in the same activities. Even when I recover I probably will be a bit limited to what I can do. Back to the black dog again. I was reading an article last week on SP and thought, what the heck I'll join. I did have a trainer as I was pressed for time but she has not been in contact with me since I hurt my foot which has surprised and hurt me. One of my other group leaders suggested supplementing seated exercises whilst wearing the boot. I hadn't even thought of this due to being depressed. The physiotherapist agrees I can do these. Needless to say I won't be going back to the trainer. The weight has crept up again but I am glad I have people to talk to.

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OK, I'm not new, but I have been MIA for quite a while.

While I recognize almost all of the leaders, I am not familiar with many of the people who are now active on the team boards.

Since I was one of the original founders of this team, and currently the most senior in terms of time, I can't accept what I've done.

Yes, I have been completely absent from Spark for almost a year. Being gone for such a long time was necessary for me. I was feeling overwhelmed and I was having some instances of Severe Depression.

I am feeling better now, and over the course of the year have dropped my dosage of Effexor 75 mg; dropped Lamotrigine 50 mg; dropped Clonazepam 2 me's; and Trazodone 100 mg. If you had asked me last year at this time, I would have told you you must "REALLY" be insane to suggest such a thing. Good thing I didn't listen to myself!

Woops, the alarm just went off and I need to check the rise on my home made yeast rolls. I've found that an old time hobby seems to be doing something positive - especially when I'm pounding dough or flattening chicken for Chicken Cordon Bleu as I did yesterday. My wife loves it when I cook.

Yes, I can smell the yeast. They are ready for the oven. I get the very first one as soon as it cools down enough to eat, and yes, I have planned it into my meal plan for today.

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DORKYMISSSTL,

Yes, it is different for everyone.

When I couldn't stand it anymore, I sought help with a licensed psychologist, but that just taught me how to lie to her - things didn't get better at all.

My DW was very worried about me and had a feeling I was thinking about suicide. In my next to pivotal visit, she (my psychologist doc) suggested that I bring my wife to the next meeting so she could give some pointers on how to recognize when I was having a more than difficult day and what my wife could do to help.

I'm also diabetic, so I MUST always have my Insulin. It just so happens that a massive overdose of Insulin has been a tool for suicide. The day my wife took off work to go see my psychologist, I had plans to go back home, then end my life while my wife was at work.

I know that isn't rational, but at the time I physically and psychically hurt so bad I couldn't stand it. I Couldn't think rationally.

After about 10 minutes of blah, blah, blah, my psychologist came straight out, told me of my wifes concerns and asked me if I was planning to suicide. The question blew me away. I couldn't answer and I felt like I had an out of body experience, looking at everyone in the room from high in the northeast corner.

When I felt re-attached to my body, I simply said, "Yes". That got me a Stat admission to our local Cuckoo Clock Resort and Spa Therapy center.

The psychiatrist team immediately started me on Prozac and doubled the dose the next day and on the third day put me on the max dosage - didn't work. Three different, increasingly powerful drugs were tried with zero results. I started spontaneously bursting into tears, going to my room and pulling the sheet and blanket over my head.

They then started me on the then most powerful anti-depressant in their arsenal. It was supposed to start at 37.5 mg and not be raised for at least a week. Two days later they doubled the dosage, two days after that they jumped to the then recognized maximum of 350 mg of Effexor, daily. The second day at that dosage, the spontaneous crying quit. I was back to a little better than when I came in, but not enough to please me or the doctors.

They started combining different psych meds to see if I would improve. The first one they tried caused me to have seizures after the second day. I was taken by ambulance to the regular hospital where they treated me for seizure disorder. The neurologist was very thorough and dc'd the second psych drug and added Lamotrigine to the Effexor. When I had gone 48 hours with no additional seizures, I was released from the hospital and returned to the psych hospital.

Lamotrigine has a synergistic affect when combined with Effexor, and my psychiatrist doubled the dose the neurologist had prescribed to 200 mg. This mellowed me out some more as far as the depression went, but I started having panic attacks, so they added Clonazepam 1.0 me twice daily or as needed. During the entire time I was at the "Resort" I woke up multiple times in the night, so my doctors added 300-400 mg of Trazodone, nightly.

All of this stopped my descent into Hell. My terrifying dreams of going deep under the earth stopped at the edge of the magma, past the safety chains. I was looking at the magma when I slowly, slowly started backing away.

The speed at which I improved was not enough for my doctors, so they tried adding a different drug to my "cocktail". Two days later I was again struck with seizures and went back to the physical hospital. At that time, my Neurologist actually became angry. She said my psychiatrist should have known better because the new drug was in the same "class" of antidepressant as the first one that had caused me to go into the hospital. I'm guessing she called my assigned psychiatrist, because after I returned to the Resort (never could find the Spa), he sort of apologized.At that time the team decided that slow improvement was better than no improvement at all and I started group therapy.

This all happened over a ten week period, which seemed like forever to me. I was finally released and went home. Going back home actually caused a setback for a couple of weeks, but I finally felt like I wanted to get out in my backyard and at least mow the lawn. Ten feet outside the back door Agoraphobia froze me. Then I couldn't get back inside the house fast enough. I retreated to my bedroom, closed the shades and door, got in bed and covered my head. My wife came home from work at her regular time, saw I was out of it and called my psychiatrist. He asked if I had taken any Clonazepam. No, I had been so terrified I couldn't think of something smart, so I took an additional dose and within an hour or so was able to come out of my room and back into the light.

On my next visit, my psychiatrist said to start by standing by the back door two or three times daily until I felt comfortable, then start opening the door 2-3 times a day for as long as I was comfortable.

OK, I'll cancel the "rest of the story", that's TMI.

Bottom line is that some psych drugs work almost immediately for some people, but not for others. Some psych drugs don't work at all. Some people need a cocktail of drugs for improvement.

I can say that after 10 years, going from severe to chronic depression, I have been able to cut down on all my meds and have felt normal for a few days. The first day I felt "normal" it was such a high compared to the depression, I called my psychiatrist, worried that I was developing *lost the word* (the up and down mood cycling mental disorder). After talking with her, the dx was, I was feeling normal. After more that 10 years, I'd forgotten what normal felt like.

It doesn't "sound" like you are in as much trouble as I was, so I expect your psychiatrist will find a drug and dosage that is right for you.

IF you were prescribed this by a family doctor and you don't see improvement, definately go see a mental health specialist. Sometimes, even often, Family Doctors are not quite the experts in all things medical that they think they are.

Agape,

Bob

PS: I know you don't know me from Adam Off, but I have been here with this team the longest of any current member and I'm asking you to consider doing me a favor. Please consider changing your name to something positive, or at least neutral. Being called a dork by almost anyone else is considered to be a negative comment about them. Please don't think of yourself that way. To my way of thinking, and I'm definitely old fashioned, "Eccentric: is OK, so is "Walking to the drum of a different beater [that's me]", but being called a dork is belittling. Maybe I am too sensitive because I was referred to as "the dork in the corner" for too many of my socially molding years.

Edited by: POPEYETHETURTLE at: 12/16/2014 (15:31)
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12/16/14 10:27 A

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emoticon to the team, EMILYELIZABETHH. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandmother. Grief can play havoc with depression and it takes time to heal and find peace. Be gentle with yourself... as gentle as you would be with a dear friend. Remember also that your doctor is only a phone call away if you need additional support. My heart goes out to you.

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emoticon to all our new team members. Just emoticon by to say emoticon to SparkPeople and the team...Nice to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle. emoticon

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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Hi, I'm new to SparkPeople and this team. I actually haven't had as much problem with my depression as in the past, but every once in a while it hits and it's a struggle still. I'm not on any medication (I was on Lexapro quite a few years ago) and don't go to therapy or anything anymore. I have found working out to really help, which I think is why I was doing so much better until this past semester when it was too busy and my grandma ended up in the hospital four hours away. (She passed away this past Thanksgiving, it's started out as a rough holiday season this year) I also am very aware that my depression likes to creep back up around Christmas time, which may be worse this year with the things that have been going on lately, but we'll see.

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emoticon to the team, SVAN13MARTINS aka Sarah. So many of this team know what it is like to be stuck in a depression where all you want to do is eat. The good news is that many of us, including me, have found that just posting on the team threads keeps us "honest" during those times. Not only does it keep our hands too busy to eat, but it helps us remain focus on our healthy goals. Feel free to join us on our Daily Thread found on the team page. It is a great place to find motivation and additional support. You are NOT alone.

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Hi, all. I'm new to this team. My name is Sarah. I'm hovering somewhere near 200 lbs again. Was at 188 (best in years). Just hit a moderate depression. Didn't see it creeping up until it was too late. Now I am so close to just giving up the weight loss battle. I have a personal trainer and I've thought about canceling out on her as well. I just want to eat all the time and have absolutely no motivation. Eating has become my comfort. I used to have such control. Used to love working out. I've been at this for a year and now I'm afraid all my hard work will be for nothing. I guess this is my last ditch effort to see if anyone out there knows what this is like and how to get out of it before I end up gaining all my weight back. ???

"God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7


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emoticon to both Spark and the team, DORKYMISSSTL. I'm so glad you dropped by. I look forward to seeing you on the threads.

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Do you think the Lexapro is working? I have been taking Wellbutrin for almost a month now and think there is a subtle difference in my mood but haven't had an "omg it changed my life moment" yet like a friend of mine and my boyfriend's mom had. Guess its different for everyone.

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emoticon and emoticon to all our new team members to SP's DWD Team... emoticon and emoticon to all our returning members. Nice to have you all 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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emoticon LEPRE875. I'm so sorry you feel you are 'invisible' to your parents. It's heart-wrenching to be in that predicament. Fortunately, this team is a great place to find support, motivation and tons of information. So you don't get overwhelmed, start with small, manageable goals and then work up from there. Whether it is posting on this team's Daily Thread (or any other team) when you feel like emotional eating or drinking all your water for the day, every small, healthy step you take does add up. You are NOT alone.

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Hi, I am new to Spark People. Kinda. I have tried a couple times, I've tried a lot of things a couple of times. I'm hoping this time I make it stick.

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Hi Holly and emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression Team! You are definitely in the right place for support as you become more healthy and fit. We are all in the same boat here and will do as much as we can to help encourage you as you pursue your goals. Post often for the most benefit. We are here for you and will help in any way that we can. It is really nice that you have decided to return to the site and to the team! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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emoticon to Spark, HMACE77 aka Holly. I'm so glad you returned to Spark. As you know it is a great place to be held accountable and to find support. So you don't get overwhelmed with everything, try to set a couple small goals and then track them under Other Goals. You could also join a couple of the team goals found on the team page. The important thing is to stay connected and to work toward those small goals on a daily basis. This isn't a sprint, but a life-long marathon.

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Hi, I'm Holly and I'm returning to SparkPeople after being away for a while. I was diagnosed with depression about two years ago. I really find it hard to motivate myself to exercise or eat well. I know I'll feel better if I do, but it's the actual doing it part where I get stuck. I came back to SparkPeople because I don't really have anyone to hold me accountable on a regular basis, and that's the one thing I loved about this site was connecting with people with similar struggles and goals.

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Hi AMBERSMANUEL emoticon and emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression Team! Wow! congratulations on losing those 30 pounds. What a great accomplishment. I am so sorry that you are having such a hard time with food allergies and emotional eating. It must be very difficult to change your entire diet and deal with the new boundaries. Keep on coming here. You will find plenty of support and encouragement from many of us. Sending you positive energy and hugs! Take care and God bless, Deb

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emoticon AMBERSMANUEL. I'm sorry you are struggling at the moment. Re-learning what to eat after discovering food allergies can not only be difficult, but also frustrating. It's like learning how to eat all over again. The good news is that like your DH, we are here for you. I know you will find a way through this difficult time. Together, with this team, you can do it!

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Ambersmanuel: the good news is that none of us have to go though it alone. Sparkpeople, and the internet in general have given me support I never hoped to find.

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Hi! I just re-joined Sparkpeople after finding out I have multiple food allergies. I have to abstain from eating so many things - it's just crazy!

I'm an emotional eater and though I've dealt with cutting back over the past year in order to lose the 30 pounds I've already lost, having to cut out gluten and wheat (bread, pasta, cake, cookies, pretty much everything I normally eat as comfort food) and then chocolate and cheese as well (allergic to cocoa and milk as well as a multitude of other things) caused me to slide back into a dark place, where I've been for the past week. I feel better physically, but emotionally I'm a mess right now.

This morning I realized I can't do this alone, even with my hubby's help, so I decided to get back on here for additional support. I always feel better when I'm proactive and though I'm a bit shaky still - and probably will be for a while - I already feel a little more hopeful.

Looking forward to getting to know everyone!

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

emoticon to your Mom!

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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!
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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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