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Lizard99
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   Posted 6/18/2010 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
What do you all do to cope with depression? besides taking medicines.

Nanners
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   Posted 6/18/2010 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I see a therapist, and I have to tell you it really helps to talk about your issues. Good luck!
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Homeboy
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   Posted 6/18/2010 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Exercise, it's all that really works for me.  I haven't been in 2 days, and I can feel the depression creeping back in, so you know where I will be going soon.
 
I did lose a tooth yesterday, one I thought could be saved, but the dentist said it had to go.  I am sure that has something to do with it.

sgirl
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   Posted 6/18/2010 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
nothing other than to keep going day by day. Therapy has never helped me in the past, and the last time I took medicine it gave me weird side effects. I do talk with my husband when it gets too much.
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   Posted 6/18/2010 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I try to capture all the joy of every minute of my life in all things around me . In nature, people ,and what i do with my own hands . Yesterday is gone, tomorrow may not come, all we have is now. I think it was well put in the saying,," yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery , but today is a gift, thats why they call it,, the present ." We all fall down, we all crawl at times but we all get up again. This is life. Find joy in it.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


ivy6
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   Posted 6/18/2010 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
When I feel myself going downhill, I make a checklist for each day and reward myself whenever I:

* get some exercise
* talk to someone (even if this is just the checkout lady in the supermarket)
* get some sun and / or fresh air
* do something that used to give me pleasure, even if it's only for a few minutes (e.g. craft, read a book, whatever)

It helps, because these are basic self-care steps that are supposed to help with depression.

I also make sure I tell my doctors when my mood is dropping.

Hang in there.

Ivy.
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ivy6
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   Posted 6/19/2010 1:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I think the "humour" is unnecessary, Grandpa.

Lizard is seeking help and support and advice. I am editing your post, lest it put ideas in someone's head.

Ivy.
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crohnielass
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   Posted 6/19/2010 4:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I Like to be around people when I feel depressed as sometimes when i'm on my own it gives me to much thinking time so Ill call someone up and say"do you fancy going for a coffee, walk or fancy a chat puting the world to rights !!!!!! Bev x smilewinkgrin
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tewcute
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   Posted 6/19/2010 5:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I do things that relax me and make me happy. Read, exercise..etc..I like to get outside and get a few minutes of sun whenever I can. I find that it helps make me feel better. My favorite thing is to just sit and pet my cat. He is such a sweet baby and he is one of those needy cats so he is happy to sit on my lap quite awhile just letting me pet him. I highly recommend pets. Having something to take care of can take your mind off yourself for awhile.
Dx with crohns February 25, 2010. But suspect I had it since 2002 with very mild symptoms.
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debilitated
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   Posted 6/19/2010 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Im so jealous of a lot of you here. Im trying my hardest right now. FINALLY taking anxiety meds.. seeing a social worker for the first time. And taking steps to get healthy...

I see some improvements but than some days feel like im going backwards. hope thats normal..

But i do try to listen to music and take a few deep breaths. or INSTANTLY call a friends on the phone when i feel depressed or panic for a pep talk.
Male, 22. Diagnosed with Crohn's officially since 2001.. Osteoporosis, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Chronic Anemia.

Medications Used: Remicade, Humira, Cimzia, 6-mp, Pentasa, Flagyl, Prednisone, Zifaxan, Entocort,
TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition), The whole nine.

Currently:, Entocort EC, Vitamin D, Fentanyl 12mcg / 72hrs, TPN, Cardizem
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NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 6/19/2010 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
@debilitated - I'm fairly certain that nobody who has responded in this thread has an easy time of it, so I wouldn't be too jealous of them. I feel slightly envious that you have friends you can instantly call =/ (Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that you do. It's just that a lot of depressed people are isolated or don't have anybody they feel they can talk to.)

By the way, feeling that you are going backwards is a very normal feeling. I'm not sure I'd even see it as going backwards, unless you are trying to meet very specific targets or goals. Even for non-depressed people it's natural to have low moods and high moods. If you do "improve", then it's something you probably won't notice at the time. You'll look back on yourself 10 years ago or so (you're not quite old enough for the long-term perspective yet, but I am =/) and think, "ah yeah, I don't really do that anymore" or "I'm more confident now" or something along those lines.

Anyway, to answer the thread title, if I'm feeling depressed I do puzzles. Or make a cup of tea. Seriously. Anything which breaks up the day and makes it go by faster. When I'm depressed things like reading a novel or watching a film are too immersive for me; it's a struggle to lose myself in a fictional world. But I can do puzzles. I also browse the internet, which can be helpful in the short term but counterproductive if I spend too long on it.

Exercise is also good. The effect is short-term but significant; a brisk walk really can get the endorphins going. I do struggle with motivation on that front, but it's rare that when I'm actually out and walking I bitterly regret my decision to have gone out and quite often I'm actually glad I did.

And finally I set myself goals. I give myself a reason to keep on going. I had a major goal of passing my driving test, which I did in March. My current goal is to get Remicade this summer. I think that is important. Give yourself something to aim for, tell yourself depression is not forever (even if it comes back, this current bout won't last forever), and that you'll "make it."

Best of luck, topic creator.

ivy6
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   Posted 6/19/2010 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
CONGRATULATIONS on passing your driving test, NiceCupOfTea!!! That is a huge accomplishment.

(I only got mine a few years ago too).
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NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 6/19/2010 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Ivy!

It didn't come easily to me, I have to say. I don't really know about driving tests in other countries, but in the UK it's quite hard. You have to drive for 40 minutes through some difficult roads and junctions and do two reversing manoeuvres as well. I failed it twice <_<. But I got there on the 3rd try. Quite proud of myself for being able to drive through some very bad nerves. Foot was shaking on the clutch and everything, but luckily not badly enough for me to stall :p

*yawns* I think the extra energy from the iron has worn off; I feel really tired now. But happily not depressed...

Mr.X
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   Posted 6/20/2010 5:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Sniper said...
I try to capture all the joy of every minute of my life in all things around me . In nature, people ,and what i do with my own hands . Yesterday is gone, tomorrow may not come, all we have is now. I think it was well put in the saying,," yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery , but today is a gift, thats why they call it,, the present ." We all fall down, we all crawl at times but we all get up again. This is life. Find joy in it.


Well said. Even thou I'm probably the last person who do this since my last relapses, but I disparately try to enjoy every moment I can get.

ivy6 said...
When I feel myself going downhill, I make a checklist for each day and reward myself whenever I:

* get some exercise
* talk to someone (even if this is just the checkout lady in the supermarket)
* get some sun and / or fresh air
* do something that used to give me pleasure, even if it's only for a few minutes (e.g. craft, read a book, whatever)

It helps, because these are basic self-care steps that are supposed to help with depression.

I also make sure I tell my doctors when my mood is dropping.

Hang in there.

Ivy.


Funny, I too try to treat myself whenever I just feel like it to change the mood, sometimes its just spontaneously. Even thou it might seems silly to others, but hey, their not the ones with the Crohn's. But the the chechlist is a really good idea, thanks for sharing it :)

I only wish if their is someone I can talk too, my friends are great, but I just sometimes don't feel comfortable telling them. Maybe because they wouldn't understand, I'm really not sure. And I can't be too honest with my family on everything regarding my health because I'll just make them worry over me. I'm just glade for the Internet so I can talk to others. Sometimes I just write down what I feel in paper or in my note book.

Post Edited (Mr.X) : 6/20/2010 6:14:22 AM (GMT-6)


becellea74
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   Posted 6/20/2010 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I am a single mum of 3 tryed meds but they dont aggree,Iv been taking a pain killer called tramadol which is a mood lifter to its made such a differance to how i feel my kids have seen a change to,but dont get me wrong i still get down but b4 i started tram, i was ready to commite myself i find if Iam feeling pain free i am obviousley happier x,hope this helped.

jeanneac
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   Posted 6/20/2010 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Lizzard, I try to take good care of myself, get a little exercise, get sleep. My favorite music or a good movie can really lift my mood.
Take good care of yourself, take a warm bath with epsom salts, get a little exercise and plenty of sleep. Seeing a therapist can help too! Spend time with good friends to get your mind off things. Some people like to volunteer to help the less fortunate too. I have to say though, meds help me the most. Finding one that doesn't cause me too many side effects is a huge issue for me though. Good luck to you.
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Grandpato2
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   Posted 6/21/2010 12:58 AM (GMT -7)   
ivy6, That was totally meant to be funny, nobody could possibly take it for anything else. But I'll accept your decision just in case.
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Sniper
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   Posted 6/21/2010 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I never said it would be easy. You have to work at it. Guess its the glass half full , half empty thing, but you can train yourself to take a little extra time and see something good in most days. Those good things and the memories help get us through when things are very bad.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 6/21/2010 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   

Lizard...my problem is I do not realize I am going into depression until I start digging out.  I just never think of it so I need to be reminded that I am not doing the things that make me grin.  When i realize I don't like any music, stop laughing and don't want to be around people...then i am in depresssion.  Now I am learning to recognize it sooner and then I immediately start playing more music, looking for humor in little things and I find people (like others said even if they are the grocery checker).

 

I am currently realizing that my job has had me depressed for a long time...a friend just pointed out that I don't smile like I used to and I seem less decisive and confident.  I am taking that control back and it is lifting me up out of the dark place now.


Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa, cholestyramine, iron and vitamin supplements. 
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NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 6/21/2010 6:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Depression is a strange thing. Sometimes you can be deeply depressed without even realising it because you can't see the wood for the trees. It's only when you gain a bit of perspective that you can see just how bad things have become.

I am coming to the realisation that facing up to depression is the equivalent of a full-time job. I used the internet to submerge my depressive feelings for years and in doing I became rather numb in general; there was a time when even the outdoors didn't look quite "real", somehow. Now that I'm facing my depression, some happier moods have returned but the depressive moods have correspondingly got much more intense. It's not fun. And I wonder if it will ever be over. But I just couldn't carry on with my former internet lifestyle, which was rather addictive and self-destructive.

By the way, I think Habs has it. If you're not smiling/laughing anymore, avoiding people, not enjoying your usual interests, irritable, tearful, and so on - that's probably depression or sadness. It sounds so obvious put like that, but when it comes on insiduously and you still have occasional 'good' days it really can be very hard to tell.
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