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10/25/14 11:31 A

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

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

Hope your job interview went well.

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10/25/14 10:06 A

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

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10/25/14 2:34 A

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Welcome to the team Jbusta86.

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10/25/14 1:40 A

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Welcome JBUSTA86

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

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

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10/24/14 11:15 A

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

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10/24/14 9:59 A

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

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10/24/14 9:14 A

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

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10/23/14 2:33 P

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

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10/22/14 12:56 P

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

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10/22/14 9:57 A

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

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10/22/14 9:44 A

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

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10/22/14 8:30 A

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

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10/22/14 4:03 A

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Welcome Pastor Heather.

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

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

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10/21/14 11:04 A

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Thanks!

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10/21/14 9:47 A

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

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

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

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

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10/20/14 9:34 A

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

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10/20/14 8:06 A

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

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

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10/20/14 1:59 A

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

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10/19/14 9:42 P

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

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

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10/14/14 3:55 P

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

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I really wish there was a "like" button.

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

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

Tiffie :-)

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

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

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

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10/14/14 1:58 A

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thank you, Kay. emoticon

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

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Hi SP!

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

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Hi FEELIN-GUD emoticon emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression team! We are here to provide you with support and encouragement as you work toward your goals. Please post often. Share as much or as little as you like. We are a caring and compassionate group. 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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emoticon to the team, FEELIN-GUD! I'm so glad you took a moment to drop in. I'm so sorry you are struggling with life right now. The good news is that you have found a site and team that is full of support, motivation and information. Take your time learning the site. If you need anything at all, please give a holler.

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Hi! emoticon
I have been dealing with depression since puberty, and I am going through other issues right now too. I have tried many ways to cope but nothing seems to work as well as exercising and eating healthier. emoticon
I look forward to getting healthier with you! emoticon

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emoticon to the team, PINKMEOWCAT aka Danielle. In your picture of you and your fiance you both look so happy! What a great day it must have been. Congrats on losing 27 pounds to this point. What an accomplishment! Are you rewarding yourself in increments? If not, it is a very good way to keep yourself motivated. In the meantime, know you are NOT alone on this journey to a healthier you. We are here for you.

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Hi Danielle emoticon emoticon to the Dealing with Depression team! I'm so glad to hear that your medications are working and have made a positive impact upon your anxiety and depression. Do you have a therapist too? Most of us suffer from depression and some with other diagnosis as well. You have come to a place of compassion and understanding. We are here to help support and encourage you as you pursue your goals. I see from your Sparkpage that you have lost 27 pounds! What a great accomplishment. Please post often as you continue down your road to success. We would love to be your cheerleaders and learn more about you from your posts. Share as much or as little as you like. We listen and we care. 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 Danielle and I deal with depression and anxiety. I started medication for them back in June and it has helped a lot, especially with my anxiety. It's awesome to see that there is a group on here for people dealing with depression! emoticon

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emoticon to the team, MYKKISU. It sounds like you have (and have had) a lot going on. Sometimes the hardest thing to do in such situations is to take care of ourselves. We all need to remember that it's not selfish to take time each day to care for ourselves. A few minutes a day to regroup and decompress can make a huge difference in the way we feel. Whatever you do to care for yourself, know we are here for you. You are NOT alone.

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Hi MYKKISU and emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the Dealing with Depression team! I'm sorry you had so many challenges earlier this year. Good for you for being proactive and seeking help for your depression. I wish you good luck at your new counseling appointment. I hope that your counseling sessions help you bring about the relief that you seek. We are here ready to support you in any way that we can. Please keep checking in with the team. You are not alone. We are really glad that you have decided to join us! Take care and God bless, Deb

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You have come to the right place then. I have gotten amazing support here on my "bad" days and lots of congrats on my good days. People just come out of the woodwork to offer support and a shoulder to lean on. This is a wonderful group. I have gotten the most help by blogging as often as I can about anything, good or bad. If you post often and blog there will be support for you whenever you feel like you need it. I wish you the best of luck on your journey and remember you are not alone here. emoticon emoticon

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My name is Mykkisu, and I am starting tomorrow. I lost 20 pounds earlier this year, but a major depressive episode amidst a job change, my son having issues, and my husband telling me we could not afford my bootcamp (which I knew but did not want to admit), I put it all back on. I have my first counseling appointment in years on Monday, so I am hoping to get my depression under control along with my weight.

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emoticon to the team, LILBLKDRESS09. I'm so sorry you are struggling with your weight and other issues. Sounds like you are having a difficult time. Know that you are NOT alone on this journey. We are here to support and motivate you along the way. Remember, small healthy choices do make a difference in the long run. (They help replace old, unhealthy habits.)

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Hi LILBLKDRESS09 emoticon emoticon to the Dealing with Depression Team!! I have been here for three years myself and I still have a ways to go with my weight issues too. We are here to offer you motivation, support and encouragement as you work towards your goals. Please come here to post when you are in need of help. As you can see there are many people willing to answer and offer you their support. We have some fantastic members who will be there for you. Share as much or as little as you like. We do listen and we care. I look forward to learning more about you through your posts and your blogs. I stopped by your Spark Page and I see that you have some very worthwhile goals. I noticed that you journal. Journaling can be very cathartic and is good for you. Keep on being proactive and you will see results. We are really glad that you have decided to rejoin us! Take care and God bless, Deb

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You may have been here for four years, but if you have other stressors in your life it's hard sometimes to truly focus on the weight loss. Everybody gets side tracked. What's great is that you realized that you need support and you have come looking for it. That's proactive and a positive step in the right direction. Anytime you need support there is a group or a person or a BUNCH of people here to lean on. Feel free to lean here anytime!! emoticon

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Welcome Back! Baby steps. If exercise is difficult try to march in place as you do dishes. Perhaps sitting on a chair and getting up then sit again then get up - repeat until you feel you have had enough.
Put headphones on and listen to your favorite happy music. Even if it's at your computer, but use the head phones.
HAPPY! HAPPY! HAPPY! Repeat as needed during the day. emoticon
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I have been on sparkpeople for 4 years.. and have not managed to lose the weight. I know that I have bigger issues at hand here. that need to be dealt with. I am looking for support in my journey to self acceptance. I tried losing weight alone.. now I feel like I need to find people who may be able to help me deal with my emotions.. because I have no support at home.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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thanks skelley good advice i will look for a better tomorrow

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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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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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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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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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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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