Missie, depression is a very debilitating condition (I guess you know that, huh?). Others are right--you need to get out of the house. If you are uncomfortable driving, there are other ways to get around. Also, you mentioned that prozac oversedates you. There are many other very good SSRIs (anti-depressants) (e.g., Lexapro, Paxil, Zoloft, etc...) that will not necessarily have the same effects on an individual. I took Prozac briefly after having my girls for post-partum depression, and that drug had the opposite effect on me. I became very jittery and jumpy, couldn't sleep. And I was on a very low dose. It was not the right drug for me.
Also, talk therapy should not be underestimated. If you don't have insurance, you may qualify for state assistance, and you can receive mental health services through your state. Even if you only went to see a counselor once a month, you may find it tremendously helpful. I would recommend that, if you have a choice, you see either a psychologist or a clinical social worker. A psychiatrist may prescribe you a good anti-depressant, but they are horrible talk therapists. A psychologist and clinical social worker are trained in talk therapy.
Pastors offering pastoral counseling are also good options that you might wish to take advantage of. At my church, some of the pastors (I go to a fairly large church) offer pastoral counseling free of charge. Many churches also participate in the Stephen Ministry, which is a lay ministry that trains people to serve as crisis counselors. If you participate in the Stephen Ministry, you will be assigned a Stephen Minister, who can meet with you once a week, help you to get out more, talk to you about your depression, chronic illness, other health conditions, and address your spirituality concerns. I'm not trying to push religion; just wanted you to know that Stephen Ministry exists--and is free.
I hope you feel better soon.
thank you erin and friends i have an addiction to ebay. i buy and sell on there adn sometimes i make money and sometimesd i lose and sometimes i break even. i sleep all day and am up all night and feel extremely lonely.
i was reading the paper today about a poor kid from cocco who was 21 had a car crash, had to have a back op, and then came away worse for it. he used to love to surf, he could no longer wrok and surf the two things he lived for doing, he lost his money and was evicted from his apartment, he took his surf board out one last time and had a gun and shot himself in the head on the ocean.......
the point is that kid had his whole life ahead of him and at 21, he had a botched op ( maybe from the same doctor who did mine i dont know) was on chronic pain meds and had no money, and no help no support, the government as well as dcotors are responsible for this kids death as far as i am concerned. now he is done for.
i am 50 lived my life, had a kid, went to college, had a job/career and lived longer than many on this planet in 3rd world countries. i was pain free until 02' but had plenty of depression issues before this crash made me worse. sh-t happens i know.
look at chris reeves and his poor wife. they didnt complain about their lot in life. i wish i could be more courageous. my old man wont let me have a kitty as a friend b/c where i live is too small
i would love a friend a kitty.
oh well. thats life
Who gives a **** what your "old man" wants, you go and get your self a kitty!!!! I don't know what I would do with out my "orangeman" I feel for you girly! I do! I know exactly what you are going thru. I am fortunate to still be working. Its the only way to have insurance and I have a wonderful group of people I work for. However I am very lonely. I divorced my "all day pot smoking musician of a husband" who had no job, no ambition a 12 yo little girl who did as she pleased (and he let he) and I moved to Texas to start over. I fear for what future hold for me, I have no friends, no social life to speak of. It is exhausting to just get to work and back I don't have the energy to "go out", so I prop my foot up on some ice and just watch TV all night until I fall asleep (or a version of sleep) I tell you what, you chat me anytime!!!! I don't have a pc at home, I'm a Monday thru Friday 8-5 on liner I have my own bouts of depression and now my doctor believes I may be bi-polar (great, one more problem to write down on my list)
I can give you my $0.25 worth of advice though....I look at life like a messy chest of drawers and you know you need to clean it out. Empty out all of the drawers, go thru the contents, throw out what you DON'T NEED and start tidy-ing things up...ONE DRAWER at a time. You can't do it in one day, but you will feel good as you watch your self putting the drawers back in...My email is in my profile and feel free to contact me ANYTIME. In the mean time be well and go get a kitty!!!!!!!!!!!
thank you all i am a nervous wreck he is all i have. he seems to think he should be there and not here for some mission?
i could spank him still he is not too big for that but if he wantsto go again i cant stop him. he says he wantsto move there and live there permanently!!!! why?
my family moved from the russian progroms and was in steerage for years and years and finally got the chance to be in america in 1900.
now he wantsto go there? it seems to me like he is going back in time to be among persecution again. i dont know why.
i told him no where is it perfect to live but at least in america you can be free and have less bombing here. agree, it can happen here also but not as likely. it is safer here.
if it was west palm beach that was bombed i would get out of florida, there is not way to stop or figure out where the bombs are going to land next.
thank you to all!! have my son back home for a while at least. he is obessed with the state of Israel and wants to live there permanently. he is disenfranchesd with the usa.
i wouldnt mind if they would stop being attacked and live in peace with hte neighbors but i dont think this is ever going to happen b/c too many want to wipe out the jews there.
there are 6 billion people living in the world today and only 15 million jews worldwide. this means they are only less than 1/10 of 1% of the entire population in the world. a drop in the bucket compared to the rest of the world. why cant we all live in peace, when they knock out all the jews the christians will be next