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10/1/12 7:40 P

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For me, it's Zoloft. I've also had a huge amount of success with Dr. David Burns' "The Feeling Good Handbook." That's what we worked through when I was hospitalized, and I still use so many of his techniques.

Also, exercise, prayer, and trying to sit still and empty my mind 10-15 minutes per day.

"And we know that in all things God works for the good in those who are called to His purpose."
- Romans 8:28


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9/24/12 3:31 P

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Hi, I'm new but I thought I'd dive in.

In the past, the only thing that helped me (back in the 80s!) was in a double-blind test for a psych drug for depression (my current doctor thinks it was Prozac). It was the first time EVER that I realized what a higher level good mood felt like! Just that one discovery kept me going for years after. These days, after a long slow slide, I take Cymbalta for a bunch of interrelated stuff. I have also started exercising in bursts--because I guess I overdo it, then my body complains, and I move back into it again--and it feels good. We had a dog, but after he died, my husband said nuh huh to more canines in the house for a while. I think we're both still grieving.

I like getting out and socializing, but on my own terms. I'd like someplace to go, but with the economy the way it is...ugh. I have an orientation at a pet adoption center this coming weekend, so I'll be able to hang out with dogs and meet some new people.

Also trying to clean up my eating habits, but everytime I get to it and make it a conscious decision (I will cut out sugar), I manage to sabotage myself! But it does seem to help. I crave fruits more. Given a choice, so does my family.

Helps: therapy, medication, family, socializing in bits, exercising, and lastly, changing food habits.

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7/17/12 12:33 A

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Cindy, I think this thread is a great idea! It should be a sticky note topic because we should think about positives each day. We too often think about what isn't working!

I take meds and I do cognitive behavioral therapy. I did therapy first, then after a time my therapist and I decided I needed to consult a psychiatrist . Now I have both. I schedule therapy when I need it or when I think i will need it, such as after a visit with my mother in law. emoticon

I also rejoined spark people this past weekend to get my physical, mental and emotional health in check. I am glad I did!

I know something that will definitely work next week....Disneyworld! It's a magical place!
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Goodnight, all!

"You miss 100% of the shots you never take." Wayne Gretzky


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1/17/12 6:46 P

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Medicine helped so much. It also helped to keep busy. If I'm busy, I don't have time to cry or feel sorry for my self.

Why choose failure when success is an option? -Jillian Michaels


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11/1/11 10:49 A

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I am currently taking Lexapro and seeing a counselor every 2 weeks. Also about to start couples therapy with my husband so we can learn to communicate properly.

I think what has helped me the most is literally FORCING myself to go out and do stuff. I am taking guitar lessons because I think playing the guitar is cool. If I learn to do it, I may feel cooler, and therefore better.

I've also purchased Groupons for a painting class and a cooking class. I would love to find a good artistic outlet and I love cooking. Hoping to pick up some healthy tips.

I'm so cheap that spending the money helps force me to do something. I inevitably enjoy what I'm doing, but can never make myself do it on my own.

Ideally, I'll stumble upon something I really like, which I believe will help the most. Plus, you meet cool people along the way...


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10/8/11 4:50 P

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I have done meds and therapy - both fantastic and literally life saving!

Exercise was also key to recovery - especially yoga!

I am currently trying to control my anxiety/depression with "diet". I have placed a temporary moratorium on alcohol, and have cut my caffeine to one cup of coffee a day (The caffeine withdrawal headaches are not funny though!) I am feeling more calm.. still have problems with anxiety when i sleep but maybe once the caffeine addiction has left the body that will improve.

I am interested in the effect of limiting sugar as mentioned below, and Omega 3 supplements. I will give those a try.

Has anyone felt major improvement by limiting their sugar intake?

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9/27/11 7:35 P

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Haven't had any results from medication, and I've run the alphabet.

Exercise and taking small steps would be great if I just kept doing them.

At the foundation, I'm trying to eleminate sugar as much as possible, and let the brain chemistry resettle.

And that deck at the grocery is certainly stacked. Sugar in cuts of sandwich meat ? In dry roasted nuts?

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6/27/11 9:57 A

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I just had a really good meeting with my health visitor. Apparently, part of her job is unofficial, laid back councelling sessions (something I never got with my old health visitor) and speaking to her has been incredibly useful, even if just as a sounding board for how I'm doing, how I'm feeling, and how I'm progressing or being held back.

I'm also finding a timer to be helpful; setting an egg timer for 15 minutes is a great way of getting housework done in little bursts, but it's also helping me organize my day in other ways, too, such as chunking my exercise, leisure time, "me" time, work time, and helping me get to bed on time. It's giving me a feeling of control which is helping my depression and anxiety in a huge way.

Just because you have been through the rain of life doesn't mean I have to walk around in wet clothes forever; there is a warm towel, a big hug, and a mug of low fat cocoa waiting for you somewhere!


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6/8/11 4:24 A

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For me, it's a mixture of healthy living (good nutrition and frequent exercise) and therapy. I'm maintaining a depression-free life at the moment; what got me out of the black hole was hospitalisation for three and a half months.

I know having a pet helped. I'd love to have one now too, but unfortunately, we don't.

Having a set routine was key, although I hated it at the time (the hospital). At the same time, I was allowed to be depressed - I didn't have to pretend I was doing fine, I was allowed to cry and I was allowed to say I didn't want to live anymore. I think that embrassing your depression is the first step towards getting better - only when we accept something we can start to change it.

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6/1/11 7:18 P

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Exercise definetly helpes. As does finally finding a therapist I can talk to. But the thing that has really picked me up, more than years of trying antidepressants, was getting a dog a month ago.

I have someone to take care off. I can't sleep for 18 hrs because he needs to go to the bathroom, I'm at the pet store every other day picking up some new toy, or at the library checking out dog training books. It's helped me get back into the world and out of the safety zone of my bedroom. He still can't go for walks until his last vaccination, but I'm noticing all the dogs on the block that he can play with..which means I'll have to talk with their owners. So it's help with my avoidant personality tendencies

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5/28/11 9:53 A

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What I have found that helps me is having a great support system. I have my step-mom and my boyfriend. I know that I can turn to them whenever I need help. I also have started attending church thanks to my step-mom pushing that and have met a great group of ladies there that are always willing to lend an ear and pray for you, at times even help you if you need it. Back when I was diagnosed with depression I thought the only thing that could help was the medication and believe me it did. I was able to get my life back on track pass my 12th grade year and keep my head up, but I also found that the medication could also not help at the same time. At first I was on lexapro then on pexeva and finally on cymbalta. The only one that seemed to work was the cymbalta and therapy. Anything that kept my mind off the thoughts I was having was a huge help in many ways. :)

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5/20/11 8:09 P

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1. Exercerising regularly, espcially going outside for a quick walk when I'm feeling down
2. 5-HTP, an herbal dietary supplement (I'm testing out St. John's Wort now & it seems to be working well)
3. Finding one thing each day to be thankful for.
4. Deliberately disregarding negative thinking in any form and countering with a positive.
5. Affirming to myself that I DESERVE to be happy! And so do you! emoticon

Fall seven times. Stand up eight. -Japanese proverb

"I'd rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are, because a could-be is a maybe that is reaching for a star.
I'd rather be a has-been than a could-have-been, because a could-have been has never been, but a has was once an are."
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Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.
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5/16/11 11:03 A

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-Exercising regularly, even when I don't feel like it.
-Eating unprocessed, healthful foods - & eating regularly so that my blood glucose levels don't dip too low
-Not repressing emotion - but finding healthy outlets to express myself
-Positive self-talk and reassurance that I'm strong and resilient despite not-so-ideal circumstances
-Being productive even if I have to push myself

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5/14/11 11:06 A

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I've been looking for this answer for a while, and I think I've found my happy place.

My happy place is being useful. When I am useful, be it at work or at home, I feel so much better about myself. I feel this most at work. In my job, I tend to feel very... not personable and robotic. It's really a downer. However, there are those times when customers need a little extra attention and are truly appreciative of it. Those times make me feel so good. I dunno, I suppose it's the validation that I'm doing something worthwhile.

I will say that nowadays, just thinking about my weight-lost goals and exercising are really helping. I'm practically dancing at work, no joke. XD

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5/2/11 7:27 P

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I notice that I am doing better in a job that lets me spend most of my day outside. I didn't realize how much I missed being outside in the fresh air and sunshine. I notice that on my days off I spend more time inside and don't feel nearly as good about myself on the days that I am outside.

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5/1/11 6:59 P

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Medication, definitely. Starting medication, even with the side effects and dosage changes, has made a huge difference in my life.

Journaling has helped me immensely. It's allowing me to learn new things about myself. As much as it feels like going through the motions some days, spending the time to write three or four pages a day has gotten rid of the 'stress first thing' feeling.

Therapy has also been huge. Being able to talk to someone without fear of repercussions or judgment is a very big change.

Exercise has given me more energy, and in general just improved my outlook on life. While I'm nowhere near being able to cope well with my depression, all of these things have set me on the right track. It's a learning experience, and I consider these the biggest tools.



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4/16/11 3:59 A

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What helps me:

1. Staying up with my meds.

2. Going to my support group

3. Eating healthy foods. Keeping up with those Omega 3s has been extremely helpful. I really feel it if I don't. The link between low Omega 3 and depression was heavily stressed during my outpatient hospital experience. (And I am now reminded that I have let my Omega 3s go for a while, so I need to get back into it)

4. Exercise, exercise, exercise. My team of doctors at the hospital felt that I had probably had depression since I was 17 (I was 33 when I was diagnosed). They feel that I kept the depression at bay for so long because I was always so physically active.

I was hit with my worst depressive episode during a time when I couldn't exercise for health reasons. And recent studies have shown that 30 minutes, 3x per week, of cardio is just as effective as a standard dose of Zoloft. So now, I take my Zoloft, but I make sure I exercise, too.

I like this thread. I'm only a year out of my diagnosis, and it's interesting to read what others are doing.

"And we know that in all things God works for the good in those who are called to His purpose."
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2/9/11 10:32 P

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The things that are working for me are finally having my thyroid in the correct range, the right combination of meds, journaling, therapy, exercise, cutting out caffeine, sleeping better, and eating healthier. And of course a very supportive and understanding boyfriend, family and group of friends.

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2/9/11 10:55 A

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What is helping my depression:

a) med change...my psychiatrist added wellbutrin to my regimen to address seasonal fluctuations in my mood. This has helped to increase my level of energy and motivation to take other steps to reduce my depression.

b) regular sleep - before I was either sleeping too much or too little. Now I set an alarm and sleep for 8 hours a night. Going to bed and waking up at around the same time. This I believe has been very helpful.

c) regular exercise - it doesn't even have to be high intensity sweaty exercise, as long as I get my body moving on a regular basis. It seems to boost my mood for the day if I do this in the morning.

d) eating healthier - when I eat a lot of sugary things and/or drink a lot of coffee I tend to feel anxious for a bit and then crash and burn and want more sugar and/or coffee. When I limit these in my diet I feel better overall.

e) support - I have a therapist, a psychiatrist, my husband, and support forums. Sometimes I just feel better if someone listens to me for a bit. Also it makes me feel better when I offer support to others.

f) journalling - sometimes it seems like I just go through the motions without really exploring my feelings or understanding why I do what I do. Journalling my thought process helps me to be more aware of what is going on in my mind and once I get my thoughts out on paper (or online) I generally feel much better.




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I STARTED THERPY AND MEDS. THEY HELP ME GET BACK ON TRACK. I STARTED BACK IN THE 80S. THIS PASS SUMMER MY DR. TOOK ME OFF MEDS. AND I NO LONGER NEED TO GO TO THERPY.
THEY TAUGHT ME TO REDERECT MY THOUGHTS. AND EXERCISING HAS HELPPED.CHANGING MY DIET AND WAY OF EATING ALSO HAS HELPED.

BEING IN THE SUN SHINE ALSO GIVES ME A GREAT OUT LOOK OF LIFE.

IT;S BEEN ALMOST A YEAR WITHOUT MEDS. SO FAR I;M DOING GOOD



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2/3/11 11:09 P

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Great thought, Cynthia. I started on meds first. They gave me the energy and to do the hard work of therapy. Therapy gave me the courage to tell my meds doc about the side effects I was having. It meant playing around with several meds and dosages. Last summer I had my dosages reduced by 40%. I think the yoga I do and teach has helped keep me stable. I recently got a light to deal with SAD, but have had it too short a time to see what effect it is having.

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I think we all get stuck at times and that is a very hard place to be. I'd like to hear people talk about what has helped, whatever modality or form of treament or combinations of treatments. I think can help each other with modalities to explore. Just a thought. Cindy

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