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8/4/11 5:35 A

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emoticon NOTBIGGESTLOSER 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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8/4/11 2:04 A

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Hi & welcome to our team.

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8/3/11 9:48 P

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I was diagnosed with clinical depression about 40 years ago. I am taking Cymbalta, and it does help me. Exercise is important, too.

I was hospitalized after a suicide attempt when I was 15 and spent a year in a psychiatric hospital. One thing I found that helped me was having something to look forward to. Even if it's a small thing, like seeing a movie with a friend, it gives you the feeling that there is some light in the darkness.

Having someplace to express your feelings, like this forum, is a wonderful thing. Be sure to let us know how you are doing!

Life is short, but there is always time for courtesy. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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8/3/11 9:20 P

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Remember, a journey begins and ends with taking that small step.

Hang in there! ! !

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8/3/11 4:51 P

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Having too much time on one's hands is no mystery. Putting some of that time to use, whether volunteering or taking a magazine out to coffee in a cafe or cleaning house or anything else makes an amazing difference. The trick is in getting ourselves to take the first step. The second step is - tada! - a tad easier, and so on. The fact that you shower and dress in the morning is your stepping-stone. Don't discount those two things. They are a strong indication that you don't want to give up.

Again, see about adjusting or changing your meds and, as Angela suggested at the beginning, a complete physical with blood work is probably in order.

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8/3/11 7:40 A

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Thank you so much for your kind words and advice. I do feel you understand my situation better than most. I am looking into doing something to fill my lonely hours.

Keep your chin up and best of luck to you. Please keep in touch maybe we would be good for one another.

Thank you so very much.

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8/3/11 12:11 A

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Sorry, either my computer or I went kerplooey.

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8/3/11 12:09 A

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Hello and welcome,

I sympathize with your being drug-resistant. I've tried any number of prescriptions alone or in combination and had no success. Until a few years ago I was at rock-bottom for some time. While I'm not thrilled with my life, I've have been much better since for reasons both inexplicable and of willpower.

Since getting to the gym has been beyond reach for you recently, I'll suggest something for the back burner. Consider occasional volunteer work until you're able to commit to a regular schedule. There are opportunities to volunteer on an as-needed or project basis. This comes to mind because it sounds as though you're pretty isolated now. Volunteering is a great way to feel productive and engage your mind.

You'll find plenty of support here in the DwD group.

Laurie

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8/2/11 5:58 P

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Thanks to each of you for your kind words, it means so much to have you great gals out there.

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8/2/11 3:26 P

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Welcome to our group. You are definitely not alone here. I, too, have chronic clinical depression, and I know what it's like to not want to get out of bed in the morning.

I know that exercise has been so important for me. There are days I have to force myself to do it, but I do cardio 6 days a week. Those endorphins really do help, and I feel it when I haven't been exercising.

I know you said you're having trouble getting to the gym. Perhaps you could check out some of the videos here on SP. They're around 10 minutes, and you don't even have to get out of your pajamas to do them.

We're glad you're here.

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8/2/11 2:50 P

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You are stronger than you think...You can beat this!

We are all here for you. If you need someone to listen, I'm on and off my computer all day.

You have taken the first step and that one is the hardest!

Good Luck and Welcome to the team!

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8/2/11 11:45 A

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Wow, notbiggestloser,

I envy your power. You fight an amazing battle there and its seems you are quit successul. at least the depression has not yet beaten you! Respect!

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8/2/11 10:28 A

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I have what they call Clinical Depression, mine started with my mother's death. Then the doctors refered to it as seasonal depression,because it developed during the later part of the fall months. Each year after, another month joined to the length of the depression. Now it is Clinical Depression ( through out the year ).

~~ START A JOURNAL: Think back ( if you can ) to your first feelings of sadness, anger or lack of coping with problems and put them in your journal. Find that first or all the triggers that may have started you to shut-down.
~My last Trigger was the death of my sister 36 months ago. she was 8 years younger than I. I had tried for 20 years to get her on the right track with her medical conditions. But she had it in her mind that what she was doing with her health was OK. It took me 10 years of that 20, to realize that SHE was something I could not set straight. I turned my energy then to her husband. I supported him in his efforts to care for her. On her death I went in a deep spiral, because her death was before mine.
~~If you have had blood work done, this may show if there may be another cause for your depression. Such as Thyroid condition, drop in hormones related to menapouse, or Diabetes ( does cause certain forms of depression ).

If you have some one you can talk to, ask them if they would be your listener. This person knows you and what you may be going through, better than a doctor. Doctors do not know how you live, what you go through daily, or what you are thinking through your day. Some times getting all this out helps put things into perspective.

You also have a group of supporters and listeners here, a very wide group that is either going through or have gone through what you are. If a feeling or problem hits, log in and jot down what is going on or huddle with the team, anything to keep releasing the pressure off your shoulders.

Remember the Team is here for you !!!!
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Have you ever had extensive blood work done, had your thyroid and Vit D levels checked?

That might help.

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8/2/11 8:32 A

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I am a 59 year old widow. I have been depressed for over 15 years. Been on numerous meds over the years, double side shock therapy. Gone thru years of therapy, still involved. See my pshychratrist every two to three weeks. I take my meds every day. I make a point to get up out of bed daily and get dressed. Most days that is it, no energy. I do try to work out at the gym three days a week, the last two weeks that has not happened.
I did loss my job over two years ago, a lot of stress about money, keeping my home that is falling apart, partly because I do not care. I do not care about much, including myself.
I do not know if this site will help but I am giving it a try.
Life just gets harder and harder to deal with each day.

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