Depression,Anxiety and Other Issues With Chronic Illnesses

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/1/2008 4:34 AM (GMT -7)   
 Morning all
 
Just thought I would pop over and let you know it is NORMAL to have depression and anxiety as well as Panic with Crohns and other Chronic illnesses 
 
Sometimes we may not see it as that but more times than not it can and is depression sneaking up on us '
 
Not pity parties IMHO
WE have the right to be angry and depressed as far as I am concerned but that just my opinion
eyes  To go anywhere we have to basically have a "map to all bathrooms" and make sure we have all our meds and all the other things we may need like change of clothes ect
Plus day to day we do not know how we may feel with this DD
'IT is a job to be able to go out and have fun at times and this can lead to some serious depression and Agoraphobia issues..........
 
IF you feel you need to talk this thru you can do it here or pop over to the a/p forum and check out some threads on there
 
Never give up the fight ............
WE are too strong a group of ppl all together and we will win..........
 
Just my half penny worth today
 
I brought this up as I have just come out of the darkest hole I have ever been in and I never thought I would be able to climb out
I just wanted to give up and in ya know
 'BUT I will continue like all of you and FIGHT
 
Input appreciated.........LYN 


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 7/1/2008 7:22:25 AM (GMT-6)


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 7/1/2008 6:08 AM (GMT -7)   
(((((LYN)))))))))) absolutely continue the fight!
You are absolutely right medical conditions can/does deeply affect one's mental health. It is depression,anxiety/panic due to medical illness.
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c-naptik
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   Posted 7/1/2008 6:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear you managed to get out of your bad episode of depression.
I understand how difficult it is. Good job!

I have had many episodes of depression since the age of 9, UC for only 7 months, but even though UC pain is really difficult to handle, plus the side-effects, the psychological effects etc, I still find depression in itself much worse than UC. Now the problem is that UC doesn't help depression, it messes up so much with your brain (getting sort of paranoid every time you feel something wrong with your body).

This leads me to wonder: how many people here have had chronic depression BEFORE UC kicked in?
I am very interested in the links between depression and UC. I read about a research that was conducted with patients with both chronic depression and UC. The results hinted at as many as 50% of UC sufferers had had major depression 10 years prior to the start of UC. That research proved however inconclusive and controversial. I could dig the link.

I came out of a very bad episode of depression that lasted for 6 months, about 8 months before UC started for the first time. Really wonder if there is a link there. I'd like to hear your input!
UC (proctitis) since Nov. 2007, diagnosed after a colonosopy.
4x200mg Asacol daily
10mg Predisolone daily (started with 30mg, never been able to go below 10mg without a new flare-up)


Nanners
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   Posted 7/1/2008 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I had never realized that the two were connected until this past year, and I have lived with the DD for almost 33 years. But after battling anxiety late last year for the first time, it all makes sense now. If I am worried about travelling, I get anxious, if I am worrying that I miss work, I get anxious, etc. All the what if's that we have to deal with this DD.

I do not believe I personally need to be on something daily, but I will tell you, that I will keep my Xanax around me at all times to help me deal with this.

Good post Lyn. Hope things are looking up for you soon. You know we love you, right??!! Cuz we do!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


c-naptik
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   Posted 7/1/2008 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh yes, they sure are connected, and one sort of feeds the other. Not every time though.
That's why it's so difficult (at least for me) to identify what triggers flare-ups. Is it my emotional state or any other "conventional" trigger?

If you start thinking that your disease is caused by your distorted thoughts...it only accentuates depression...and you reach a vicious circle.

I took Xanax, too when I was younger (about the only medicine I took to handle depression), worked rather well!
Dampens anxiety.
Male, 27. Tromsø, Norway.

UC (proctitis) since Nov. 2007, diagnosed after a colonosopy.
4x200mg Asacol daily
10mg Predisolone daily (started with 30mg, never been able to go below 10mg without a new flare-up)


Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/1/2008 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   
It took me some thinking to post this but
I have seen so many come over from pain boards and
From here as well as other forums like UC and Fibro....

Like I had posted I was in such a dark place with dad passing just in April ( on 17th)
Cait going thru a huge meltdown over my dad and me breaking out in the sores after the trauma of learning I have Fibro on top of everything else
Howie and I seperating
I just felt like I was a burden on all especially Cait ..........
I thought it would be better if she had no worries
BUT I finally came to my senses and kicked my self in the gasket and got myself back here on the forums around ppl that DO understand ..........
AS WELL I got myself back to the doc and got put on antidepressants

I honestly believe there is a huge corrulation( sp) between the chronic illnesses and Anxiety/Panic
and moresoe to a point Depression

Think of what we have to wake up to everyday'
We have to change our ways of seeing the glass half full and know that we are going to make it

KNOW we are strong as a team all of us and FIGHT the FIGHT of our lives imho............

**I honestly did not think this thread would go anywhere I am glad it has reached a few..........LYN

Nanner.........thanks my sweet friend I have seen and posted to you on a/p
Navy .......you too ...thanks
naptik...YES I truly do believe there is a definitive line between Chronic illness and and depression,anxiety and panic .......

Try to have a good day all

LUVS and be well as possible
FIGHT
...........LYN


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 7/2/2008 7:11:56 AM (GMT-6)


nruth
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   Posted 7/1/2008 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
How can a person with a chronic disease NOT be depressed? When your life is regulated by the nearest bathroom it is very difficult to be happy and carefree. Perhaps I'd be depressed even if I didn't have Crohn's, but I've never had the chance to find out. Almost 50 years of this has made me darned depressed. Really, it's hard to look on the bright side.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/1/2008 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with you it is very hard
But if you have kids or GK's you have to put on that face ya know and
act like you believe the glass is half full
At least IMHO you do
I am sure plenty will disagree
I find that when I go to bed at night and I think about the next day IF
I start on all the negative "stinking thiking" I have already set myself up for a day of hades

I am sure it i not the same with all ..........LYN


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 7/2/2008 7:13:03 AM (GMT-6)


c-naptik
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   Posted 7/1/2008 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry to hear about what you had to go through Lyn...

I'm new here but it looks like you can get great support from other people here, and that's what probably makes a difference!
All the best to you, as well as to the others here!

Getting back onto the depression topic, do you think that depression, for you all here, has become a chronic condition, too?
If you experience a long remission with CD or UC, do you think you could fall back into depression for other reasons?
This is the difference I see between chronic depression and "feeling depressed", which is a form of depression triggered solely by a chronic disease. In such a case, being on a remission lifts up depression at the same time.

From what I've read, it seems that prior depression can lead to a weakening of the immune system and thus make the conditions more favourable for CD/UC to first manifest itself.
Male, 27. Tromsø, Norway.

UC (proctitis) since Nov. 2007, diagnosed after a colonosopy.
4x200mg Asacol daily
10mg Predisolone daily (started with 30mg, never been able to go below 10mg without a new flare-up)


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   Posted 7/1/2008 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I know (as most of us do) how overwhelming living with this chronic disease can get...all I can say is thank gawd for exercise and diet, I found eliminating sugar especially has drastically helped with my emotions in dealing with this disease and exercise is a great stress releiver tagged with nothing but tons of other benefits including helping the bowels function properly (or at least as best they can with battling a disease).

Feel better soon Lyn and tons of (((((((((((HUGS))))))))))

:)
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LBJ
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   Posted 7/1/2008 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
(((((Lyn))))) I'm sorry you had such a rough time!! Almost 7 years ago I lost my mom to a heart attack and at the same time
I was going through a divorce, plus thats when I had found out I had CD. Talk about a rough time. It was horrible!!
I truely believe depression does go along with chronic illness's. Its a chronic illness in itself!!!
I'm on Wellburtrin for my depression. When my Crohn's flares I'm a mess all around.
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS too
 
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Buddha443556
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   Posted 7/1/2008 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think I was depressed till my mother died last month, too busy worrying about someone else.

Marie-Claire
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   Posted 7/1/2008 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on antidepressant for about 5 years..... after the attempted suicide of my youngest daughter. For those who are regular members, you probably know a bit about our history , as far as the abuse, incest etc. I'd been "strong" emotionally through all of that, although my CD was raging. But almost losing my baby girl was the stick that broke the camels back.... I've done well on the antidepressant, and medication also for PTSD and panic attacks..... but lately I seem to be having a bit of slip back into the depression. I'm crying all the time for all sorts of silly reason. I think , the biggest thing, is that now that I have that beautiful grandaughter , who will be 7 months old July 5th.... I find myself so restricted. there are so many things I want to be able to do and can't ... I think to myself...what would she need a tired old grandma like that for...she is better off without me. Her other grandma is 54(I'm 51), but she is sooooo healthy...can have the baby overnight and has the energy to do all kinds of things with her. I can baby sit a few hours at a time only. I'm jealous as h.... and so afraid that she will get more attached to the other grandma more than me. I know that sounds petty....but it has been just my two girls and I , no family , no one, for over 12 years and I'm having a hard time sharing. I'm thinking it may be time to increase my depression medication ? My CD is giving me a hard time again .... I'm having so many morbid thoughts... every time my girls plan something...I imagine the worst will happen...these horrible pictures just pop into my head... I have to consciously distract myself or I'd be crying all the time.
I know that for the last 12 years, all my energy has gone to making my girls better....counselling 3 times a week etc.... they've come through with flying colors.... but maybe, I've never had the chance to grieve all the losses in my life.
I don't know .... just venting, complaining , like that is going to do me any good.
c-naptik has a good point.... which came first , the chicken or the egg.... the depression or the CD, or other autoimmune disease?.
I'm proud of you Lyn,Love and prayers to you, and to all who suffer from depression, anxiety , on top of this DD.
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis
 
 


Celey
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   Posted 7/1/2008 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
For right now, I just need to consider getting up out of bed every day an accomplishment... if I can do that, maybe I won't feel so bad about not doing much because I'm not feeling well...

Fighting depression and a chronic illness is hard work... :(
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


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   Posted 7/1/2008 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
And just what mental health would that be ? I think I misplaced that long ago. When the urge to pull the covers over my head and give up at 2:00 am is too great , I resort to a pill. Yeah, so sue me. No I cant take them like the doc wants me too. I like my feet on the ground and my head out of the clouds, but sometimes , things are just too great to overcome and I need a little help. What, you thought I was funny all the time ? Sorry, its a struggle to put one foot in front of the other at times. Humor is how I cope, or avoid coping, but when that fails me,,,I do what I must. The thing is , I have some good days and I dont want to miss them ,so I have to go through the bad days to get to them. I have lost some very good friends. They were here one minute and gone the next. I recall after one hellish night , someone making a comment about how bad it was. Someone else pointed to the body bags and said, " every day above ground is a good day." I think those guys would trade places with me and so I live my life with that in mind. We all have our reasons for feeling sad about life, but we all must do what we need to do to find the good things. If you need a little help, so what. Dont feel bad about it. Do what you have to to get through it so you can find some happy things. Otherwise, your wasting life.
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SydneyJo
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   Posted 7/1/2008 10:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Well said Sniper!
We all manage this DD in our own ways.
((((HUGS))))) to everyone trying to survive life with this DD.
Thanks for this post Lyn it's reassuring to know how others are feeling as well.
Take care all.
Joanne

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   Posted 7/2/2008 5:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Ummmmm . . . actually . . . chronic illness causes depression. It robs our bodies of certain brain chemicals that give us a sense of well being and those same chemicals also cause the circuits in our brain to work properly.

So no apologies needed when we find ourselves with an anti-depressant rx in our med buffet.

Sometimes the depression is the first clue that things are going downhill. For lots of folks, the anti-depressant meds actually help with overall health (energy and pain).

((((((((( Lyn )))))))))) I sure didn't realize you were going thru this sis. Lots of hugs, prayers and . . .

Blessings!

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/2/2008 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Sniper
I thank you for your blunt honesty
Sometimes I hide behind the laughter when having a bad day
sometimes I cannot ya know.....

I DO Know you have made many of my days very easy for me and I thank you for that .......
The hades and all you and wife have gone thru would have been enough to knock me on my keister for a long time.....YOU have taught me strength as has your wonderful wife..........


Rosie is so right about the chemicals in the brain when it comes to pain ,chronic illness and depression..anxiety / panic
Many of us are on antidepresants for many yrs (or benzo's to help us thru when needed )
THERE IS NO SHAME IN HAVING TO TAKE MEDS for Depression or any other Mental disorder......IMHO

I am truly glad all have posted so far and shared with us
I do hope more will post

Chronic ilness is not an easy way to live but as you aptly put it SNIPER you have to make yourself find the GOOD in days too ...........

THanks again all ............LYN


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 7/2/2008 11:04:52 AM (GMT-6)


Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/2/2008 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Marie Claire

There are some other things you can do with your grandaughter hun and never worry
YOU will be loved just as much as the other GMA in their lives........
Actually prolly more as you have such a heart and so much love and caring for others on here I can only imagine what you have for the babe

I DO NOT get to see my 7 and 10 yr old GK's Kyle and Kassidy at all
It rips my heart apart all the time but I know one day they will come to Nana........

Stay strong sweetie

LUVS
LYN


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c-naptik
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   Posted 7/2/2008 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't know how much of a role do chemical imbalances play in terms of post-chronic illness depression.
It maybe well be that all the medicine we take alter brain fuctions, that wouldn't be surprising.

But I mostly think that depression stems from incorrect thinking when I look at CBT (Cognitive behaviour Therapy).
Negative thoughts accumulate and depressed people loose the ability to turn them into something positive, and thus perpetuate this vicious circle by interpreting negatively each event that occurs.
It's all about interpretation really.

Now with a chronic illness, events that occur have a much higher chance to be interpreted negatively, because however objectively you look at them, they're not fun at all...and they repeat themselves at much higher frequency.
So maybe it's this "natural" (by un-natural, I mean people who experience depression no matter what kind of events happen) over-accumulation of negative events that turns sick people towards depression.
People who've never been depressed before the start of their chronic illness may slowly loose the faculty to stay above the ground. That would make sense when you look at how weak we can become when we are hurting?

At any rate, there is no shame in taking medicine when you need it! Do some of you use psychotherapies as well?
Male, 27. Tromsø, Norway.

UC (proctitis) since Nov. 2007, diagnosed after a colonosopy.
4x200mg Asacol daily
10mg Predisolone daily (started with 30mg, never been able to go below 10mg without a new flare-up)


Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/2/2008 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I do the CBT online and I also am talking with my doc as a therapst
HE knows me better than anyone really ..........
And I can talk to him about anything

I think alot of what you have said makes sense
I was never a depressed kid growing up but had always been anxious and stressed out to the max
'OCD is a biggie for me as well ......
CBT is helping there too
CBT is supposed to help Change the way you think of things and self ...as well as other issues as you know

Some meds we have to take ( I take ) may certainly have an effect on my seratonin levels but I do not get depressed very often I have fallen into a severe depression 2 times in over 2 yrs ..........
The last episode was my siblings saying I had killed dad by taking him off machines,,,,only said it a lot differently'Dad never wanted machines and there was a DNR on his kardex
'I have no shame nor guilt over my decison'Dad is al fixed and with Mom thats all I ever wanted was for their souls to be at rest.......

It is proven that chemical imbalances in the brain can cause depression.........
The Antidepressants are supposed to fill the void of the chemicals one is lacking from my understanding.....

I may be corrected

I do think it is only natural that you can be depressed if one day you are fine and the next you are suddenly living with a chronic illness
It changes your life in so many ways .........

BUT as was said we can always find the "GOOD" in some of those days too

Just my opinion.........LYN

** have you checked out the a/p forum and the depression forum??**


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   Posted 7/2/2008 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
For long term use of anti-depressants, Docs will usually have a patient visit with a phyc doc to make sure the issue IS chemical. This is an important step to make sure that counseling takes place as necessary. I visited several times with a phyciatrist and was told that I had no problem relating to people or the world . . .but that my brain chemicals were being used up faster than they could be produced.

I was WAY reluctant to start taking anti-depressants. It took some trial and error to get the right one for me. But I was absolutely amazed at the results. I was so much more like my old self. I was able to balance the difficult moments better again and was able to deal effectively with the difficult people in my job life too.

I was quite worried, though, that I would need to take this med for the rest of my life. Or that I would need more and more. I'm happy to report (for me) that I've come full circle. I used anti-depressants for about 7-10 years and during that time I would taper to a lower dose (with doctor's consent)and then go back to full dose if necessary. I have now been one and a half years w/o needing them at all. . . . but I tapered very slowly when I stopped using them. I only mention this because it was a fear of mine that I'd 'need' them forever.

If I ever feel like I'm declining in that area . . . I won't hesitate to take these meds again. In my case they were a HUGE benefit to me and to those around me.

Lyn . . . this was a great topic. Thanks for being brave enough to share. It can be really hard to share this kind of stuff . . . . but so important.

Thanks sis!

Blessings!

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Post Edited (AlwaysRosie) : 7/2/2008 9:20:37 AM (GMT-6)


Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/2/2008 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
SIS
I too was so reluctant but I knew it was taking them or I was losing me and cait was losing her Mom
that was not fair to her ya know
I DO feel loads better ...........

I now wake up not dreading the day just looking forward to what I CAN DO.........not what I CANT DO

Love ya sis

Sis
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   Posted 7/2/2008 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I am not a health care worker . . . just a fellow chronically ill member. Some people need therapy or therapy and meds . . . This is how I understand the type of depression that most of us are talking about.

If it sounds interesting . . . do a Google search on SSRI's or Seratonin. OF COURSE talk to your doctor(s).

We get "feel good" chemicals like seratonin from being active and from the daylight (longer daylight - more seratonin . . . if you are awake and near windows, your body makes more seratonin. Go for a walk . . . get some seratonin (from moving and being active).

When we are chronically ill . . . we tend to not get enough seratonin because we are less active. If you need to sleep-in in the morning, there is another whamy - you miss out on a bit of seratonin because your eyes are exposed to less day-light.

One class of anti-depressants (SSRI's) serve to trap the seratonin your own body makes. It stops it from leaving your brain so quickly. That's why it takes a while to work.

Its not like you take a pill and feel better. . . but after 1-3 weeks, your body has built up enough of this naturally occurring chemical to make your mental life more normal.

It's a really quicky explanation . . . but I hope its helpful to some.

Blessings!

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   Posted 7/2/2008 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Howlyncat -

Greetings. You hang in there, sweetie. I am here with and for you. Take what you need to get yourself through the day. During the dark days, I would take one day at a time... no more. Feet out of bed and onto the floor, step one completed. Walk outside for fresh air and change of environment, step two completed...and so on. This was my routine.

Can I do anything for you?

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