Interesting topic: and kind of made me think. I am not sure that I am trying to fend off depression. Really good tips on this thread and will give them a try. Depression is an issue that we all have to deal with at one time or another. Just being able to connect with others in the same situations is very helpful.
I have dealt with depression off and on like many of you. I will see a therapist and sometimes take drugs as well for a short time if it is needed.
For the blues (which for me is different) I listen to uplifting music with a great beat, read something that makes me laugh, hug everyone around me (as long as it's friends & family around me, not at work) and take a walk (with my husband if possible.
Cynthia - I agree that you should talk to a professional and get some help during this month. I know all about past induced depression. The worst years I have used Cymbalta (also helps deal with chronic pain) and talk therapy with a therapist that helped me through. I hate that you are so alone right now. **HUGS**
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I agree with Cynthia that gratitude is a huge help during times of depression. I also find that if I'm not getting enough sleep I tend to feel more depressed.
In the past I have taken medication to help with depression that was mostly caused by hormones. I still can tell when my monthly friend is on her way and try to be more aware of the fact that that can be throwing off my emotions. Thankfully I don't have to be on meds right now. I am on so many other medications that I hate to take more at this point.
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And wow, you sure are going through a lot! I have a little advise, being I have genetic /neuro-chemical depression i.e. dysthymia and ADHD that is well controlled with medication, monthly visits for medical management to the psychiatrist, long term therapy and of course support groups. I've been on this treatment for the last 10 or so years and it's been working great! I have had to sacrifice money, time and energy to do it, but I feel like it's better than what I was experiencing before. Before I was always struggling to stay above board, even though I was doing my best. So my advise to you is, get an evaluation by a neuro-psychologist. The evaluation will pinpoint what areas you are having problems with and it will give your psychiatrist and you treatment recommendations. There are so many causes of depression it's hard to say what your problem is without a good evaluation. You could have clinical depression, or genetic/neurochemical depression. Usually they go hand in hand and there's no way to tell which came first until you try medication and therapy for a good six months. At that time you should be somewhat better and have more direction. If your depression is genetic, like mine, you are stuck taking medicine and taking therapy for the rest of your life. If you have non-genetic depression (which most people have) then you are one of the lucky ones. You are weaned off the medication at some point when you have learned effective coping skills and your emotional life has improved. Sometimes there's a need for crisis counselling, if the depression is too severe. You should definitely see a crisis counselor if you feel like you want to die or want to commit suicide, immediately. Most of the time depressed people's lives are clouded by dark moods. They naturally react to life with much more negativity. In turn they make bad choices. Then bad things start happening to them, And then they think life is depressing. It's a vicious circle that keeps on going on and on unless there is intervention. Most people believe depression is just something that needs to be strugged off or snapped out of. I believe it is an illness and should be treated that way. There's nothing more depressing than not having hope when you are already suffering from depression (an illness where the primary symptom is no hope.). You definitely need to get out of your isolation and see a good psychiatrist and have him order a evaluation by a board certified neuro-psychologist and go to a support group of people that are suffering from depression and in treatment. It's well worth your time and money. Trust me. I've done it. It works.
If you have any intimate specific concerns or questions feel free to message me. I'll be happy to help with a big shoulder.
Thanks for reaching out. I hope you found something you can relate to by what I talked about. You just never know what you'll find when you ask :)
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Yes, I'm having a hair of the dog who bit me. I've been fighting the blues for several weeks now. Then this funeral and all that it stirred up in me of my past suicide attempts. November is a classically bad month...especially for my husband. BOth mom and died died in NOvermber (Eric'smom and dad). And I had several struggles wiht death from health issues in November. And now, here I am with a really bad asthma attack and I"m trying to stay out of the hospital. PLUS I just discovered some VERY disturbing news about some activities of my daughter. Eric didn't even come home from work today. I don't know where he is. Most likely he went to see a movie. But I don't know.
How do I fight it? By gratitude to a God from whom proceed all the good and the necessary out of his plans for me. I don't want to say "the good and the bad" because God does not hand out bad things....but he DOES give us necessary things that we may not recognize as something of benefit....but in hind sight, we will see how it worked out in us and in our lives.
I also pray. Prayer gives me perspective ...It also unleashes the good things God wants to give us. It also gives me peeks into God's heart.
Right now I'm teetering. We just got terrible news about my daughter's recent activities. My husband didn't come home from work...and I don't know if he will.
I don't really have any friends I can go to to lean on. I wish I did. The LOrd will have to be my rock, shield and deliverer.
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