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3/4/07 4:12 P

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Hi guys and I am new to this team. I have type 2 diabetes or rather according to the doctor I did have it. I think my blood sugar still gets high if I don't eat right. I am no longer on meds for diabetes due to eating and exercise. I have lost 80 lbs over the last couple of years and am still going.

As far as depression goes, boy do I know about it. I don't have it myself but my wife and some of my children have major depression. My wife has been on a number of medications over the last several years. We have finally found a good medication that seems to work for her. It took a while (about 2 years) to find the right one. Don't get discouraged on that fact. Finding the right medication is key.

Don't worry about stigma. The only people that need to know are those closest to you and that will encourage you. More people suffer from depression than we realize. It is kind of like diabetes. How many people out there have it and don't even know. You know you have it and you are doing something about it. Also depression can be chemical. You probably are not controlling or making yourself depressed, you are suffering potentially from something physical. Just like depression. Exercise can make a major difference as can having goals and rewarding yourself when you reach them. My wife does very good if she has a goal and a good reward to look forward to it.

The important thing to know if that what you are going through you are not along. Hang in there, it can and will get better. It is not easy, but can be conquered.

Trying to get going again after falling off the weight loss wagon!!



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3/3/07 8:21 P

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I have been on antidepression meds for over 15 years and will be on them for the rest of my life because abuse in my childhood. 2 years ago I deveolped dissocative amnesia when I lost my memory for the 30 years before that and it has never come back and probably never will. I had to relearn my whole life during those years and I SM STIll relearning things today. I also have diabetes for 21 years. You just learn how to lead your life with these deseaSES. Good luck with your doctors appointments. It is scary at first. I was in a mental hospital for seven months when the depression came out.

Sharon

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3/2/07 1:11 A

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Oh boy do I know depression! I am hopefully on the other side of a long bout. First it was partly just being December and some connections in my past, then it was stuff that happened in the month, then I had to change medications cuz of insurance and the dr. I saw did it wrong. I am finally breaking down and seeing a psychiatrist too--my appointment is the 21st. It was a very hard step for me to take. I'll keep praying for you and you can do the same for me. Feel free to send me a sparkmail if you want to talk more privately. I will tell you that when you find the right medication it is so much better. So hang in there!


Carrie



"Because of your unbelief. For most certainly I tell you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will tell this mountain,'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you."



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3/1/07 1:43 P

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I've not been around spark much as of late. What used to be such a big part of my daily life has been on the back burner. I've maintained my 30 pound loss from about 6 months ago, but I've not been serious about losing more weight. I was very proud that I didn't gain over the holidays, but I am disppointed that I'm not making progress toward my goal right now.

I think a big part of my problem has been depression. I've started seeing a counselor, and the first thing he did was get me to set up an appointment with a psychiatrist. I go see him on March 22.

I'm a little scared to start taking depression medicine, I guess a lot because of the stigma associated with Prozac and such. Still, I have to do something. There are days when the simpliest tasks in life seem like mountains to climb. There are days when I'd rather cry than wash the dishers or fold clothes.

The counselor told me that there are some anti-depression meds that help with weight loss. I'm sure having a more regulated mood with help in and of itself. Maybe that will help me cut down on emotional eating and such.

I hope to be around more often in the days to come.

Anyone else stuggle with clinical depression? Some studies I've read say there's a high number of people with diabetes that also suffer from depression.

Sometimes it takes less to be more.


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