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Sunday, January 30, 2011

I haven't spent much time on Sparkpeople in the last couple of weeks. Last week, I made the decision to go on anti-depressants. I'm not suicidal or anything--I've just had this persistent sadness with frequent crying jags. I realized that it was a problem when I nearly burst into tears at work.

So far the medication seems to be working. It is supposed to help with anxiety, which is good. The only side effect that I've noticed is some mild drowsiness. I'm sleeping better, and the crying jags have disappeared completely.

I'm not sure if the depression is a result of fallout from the divorce, the pressures of buying a new house, stress at work, and relocating. There certainly has been no shortage of stress in my life, plus depresssion runs in my family.

Thank God for pharmaceuticals.
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  • GBO323
    YogaGirl...kudos for seeking out professional assistance. Medications can certainly help give our brains some balance when life goes AWOL without our permission.

    I pray things smooth out for you...scooter season is getting closer!
    3301 days ago
    Thank you all for the kind words. It's wonderful to have support. emoticon
    3303 days ago
  • BELLE0308
    I have what they call chronic clinical depression with anxiety. What I was told is that certain events can trigger you into a depression that is hard if not impossible to pull yourself out of. Just so you know that you are normal, I was hit hard after the birth of my daughter and never wanted to hurt her or me, I was intensly sad at times and lacked energy and motivation. Eventually I couldn't sleep well. Not everyone with depression is suicidal, but it is important that you still get yourself help which it appears you have done now.

    I agree with Julia that diet and exercise and also sticking to a basic routine are important as well as prayer and journaling if possible. VERY important actually. Congratulations on taking good care of yourself. I know many of us have been in a similar situation and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    3304 days ago
    It's probably a combination of everything. I'm glad it's helping.
    3304 days ago
    Hey there, depression is certainly something to not mess around with. You are smart to get help and I am thankful that the meds are working. You certainly have many reasons to be feeling depressed friend! All the things you listed are certainly major stress factors! Wow!

    Keep making the smart decisions for your exercise and food choices. ( I didn't say diet, cuz that is a 4 letter word in my vocabulary) Be sure to get on Sparks, because this is a very positive and uplifting site to be on.

    Praying that you will feel better each day and I am so glad that you are sleeping better too. That is a biggie!

    Julia : )
    3304 days ago
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