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stkitt
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   Posted 6/16/2008 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning
 
Here are a few tips about Depression I thought might help some of our members, newbies and veterans.
 
1. Catch it as early as you can the longer you wait for proper treatment the worse it gets

2. Find away to effectively communicate with your doctor - if you are uncomfortable talking about something then write it down - my "journal" I would hand over at the beginning at the session he would read whatever I wrote since the previous one, we would discuss any trends or triggers then how we were going to deal it. Telling your doctor you had a bad month is not going to get you anywhere

3. Recognize any sort of patterns that seem to effect your mood. Every time I do whatever this happens so next time I am going to do this instead.

4. Find something that gives you joy no matter what it is and try to make sure you do it when ever possible - some people like to draw or paint or write or go for walks/hikes. With the war with depression its gets very easy to forget the good things

5. Don't do it alone. Males have this problem more than females  Find a close friend to confide in, utilize sites like this one, involve medical personnel. The last person a depressed person should be taking advice from is themselves due to the simple reason  depression clouds their vision

6. The second you can not convince yourself that your NOT a threat to yourself or others get to a hospital, call a hotline, or 911.
 
Please feel free to add your own tips.
 
Respectfully
Kitt


 

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getting by
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   Posted 6/16/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I find that listedning to music helps me, or a walk in the woods. I love to take my dogs out for walks, it is good for all of us.

Coming on the forum helps me, it takes my mind off of myself for a while.

I will write more as I think of them.

Luv and hugs to all
Karen...
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hedges_against_the_night
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   Posted 6/16/2008 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
i have a certain song that i have designated as a sort of "reset switch": usuallly when I hear it, it'll relax me and remind me that whatever is going wrong is not the end of the world. Occassionally, on bad days, I've got that one song on loop on my MP3 player.
I also have a certain stuffed animal (there's no such thing as too old or too masculine for a stuffed animal) that I'll hold and cry to. Since she's a gift from my fiancee and is an animal I see representative as myself, combined with it being impossible for a stuffed animal to be judgmental or anything except loving and accepting, she makes a great shoulder (back, face, tail...) to cry on and sounding board.
Having someone to talk to that isn't as close to the situation as me is paramount. Thast's why I'll usually turn to my fiancee, his mother or these boards for help, advice and a listening ear, depending on how far removed from the situation I need the advisor to be.
Seeing the little things, the small happinesses that'll appear even under the darkest cloud.
23 year old female with depression, allergies, and minor anxiety disorder. On Welbutrin and allergy meds.


thirstyforchrist
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   Posted 6/16/2008 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I try to make myyself get out of the house. I'll go to the store and just look around.
Also, (if you have kids) playing with my son is very theraputic. He is so carefree and happy all the time. Just seeing him smile and tell me little funnies is so nice.
One more: I try doing something for someone else when I'm depressed. Someone in a worse situation than I am. After helping someone else I always feel better!!!
"There is hope for every man, a solid place where we can stand, in this dry in weary land, there is hope for every man... Jesus is hope for every man"  -Casting Crowns


els
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   Posted 6/16/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   

Great threat Kitt! 

I have had depression for a long time and even knowing what my "triggers" are I still tend to isolate. 

I really have to push myself everyday first thing is the gym.  I have started to think of it as my time alone...even though I have people there I chat with everyday.  It is still my time.  Plus the exercise is a great destressor.

The other for me is my animals.  I have one cat Normandy and a Shih-Tzu named Sophia-Larue.  No matter how bad my day, or how upset I may be my two fur faces will not let me stay that way.  They kinda remind me that i'm not alone.


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getting by
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   Posted 6/16/2008 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Elisha,

I have two dogs, so I know what you mean about those furry faces. I just love that unconditional love that they give us.

Have a wonderful day,
hugs, Karen
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Aurora60
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   Posted 6/16/2008 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
If i'm feeling down I go to a bookstore and browse around, sit in a comfy chair and read whatever I find.  I can stay there for hours and it helps not to feel so alone.  I also needlepoint which takes a lot of concentration so that is a good distraction.  I think any hobby or project that can occupy your mind and keep you from thinking too much is a good thing to do.

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   Posted 6/16/2008 11:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I know that reading will get me thru my blues times so I like to stock up on books from the thrift stores like the Goodwill or Salvation Army. I used to get them at the library, but if my depression lasted a while I'd forget to return them or lose one and that would only add to the sads. I read my way thru those inexpensive paperbacks and then re-donate them when I return to the store for more. They usually range from 25¢ to $1 so they are a cheap thrill and if I lose one I don't care.
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djdaz_1985
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   Posted 6/17/2008 2:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Get regular exercise... keep the blood flowing and help combat the tiredness

Everyone has a guardian angel. They help pick you up when you fall, comfort you through your times of need and help you appreciate the times when things are going well.
 
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els
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   Posted 6/17/2008 5:02 AM (GMT -7)   

Exercise is amazing for depression...I really never knew how much until I started to workout.  Also, this time of year Bing Cherries are out and not too expensive...I love eating them.  And too the books! tongue   It is like getting into another world for a short period of time.

Karen, I really dont know what I would do without my cat and dog.  They never ask for a thing and always give me so much comfort.  Animals are a lot of work to keep up but well worth it.  I hope you have a wonderful day.  Hug to you sweets...

Have a fab day everyone :-)


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stkitt
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   Posted 6/17/2008 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Music is an extremely powerful form of expression. It combines both words and sound to deliver a message. Certain songs that one hears on the radio can trigger specific memories in one's mind. There is no doubt, there is a fervent connection between music and our feelings.

Music  makes me feel good if I throw in a tune like "My Girl" or "Big Black Horse And A Cherry Tree"
 
Of course I get to sing along. cool
 

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enWayen
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   Posted 6/17/2008 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree on the music. I tend to feel the same as the mood of the song, especially on intrumental music, which in my opinion pacts the greatest emotional punch. Some songs, like "Concerning Hobbits" from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack make me feel in complete peace with everything, while others make me optimistic, energetic, or sad (I kind of avoid those).

Exercise, as mentioned, is also great for becoming and staying happy. Running actually releases the same chemical stuff that makes you happy (runner's high). The only slight problem I found with exercising is that it can be hard to put yourself to, but once started, the positivity just pours in.

And a few small things that make me happy are listening to the birds, watching and observing nature in general, and feel the sun on my skin, or the wind in my face. Things like that.
Acceptance is the key

Existential depression and Insecurity

Try to keep smiling! :)


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   Posted 6/17/2008 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Kitt,
I love that song about the black horse and the Cherry tree. I will be thinking of it all day long now. Thanks...

Els,
My dogs are so special to me. I have always had dogs all of my life. And they have been such comfort. I hope that you have a wonderful day too.

Luv and hugs, Karen...
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hedges_against_the_night
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   Posted 6/17/2008 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
The "reset song" I use is "The Blood of Cu Chulainn," the version from the movie the Boondock Saints (it's the song played in the very beginning.)
I don't really have an animall that's truly mine, that has to wait until we get a house. But when we do get a house, a collie or husky mix'll probably be one of our first acquisitions.
23 year old female with depression, allergies, and minor anxiety disorder. On Welbutrin and allergy meds.


Amejalli
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   Posted 6/21/2008 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Can anyone tell me if they have tried Pristiq?
My doctor switched me off Effexor because of unbearable constipation, before that I gained 20 lbs in 2 months on Zoloft, before that constipation on Cymbalta.

I have been on Pristiq for 22 days and not feeling top notch yet...taking anxiety meds and sleeping alot. Also, seem to be constipated.

I feel like a test mouse...

stkitt
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   Posted 6/21/2008 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   

This drug was just released in May of 2008 so all the info available is really from the studies done prior to FDA approval.  It is a sister drug to Effexor from what my Pdoc has told me and not a lot of difference in them chemically but Pristiq is cheaper.

Talk with your physician as you may be expecting results to soon.  It is usually 4-6 weeks for full effec on the AD meds and can be as long as 8 weeks.

I hpe this helps you in some small way.

Take care.
Kitt

 


 

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ericsmom
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   Posted 6/22/2008 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to add my 2 cents worth.  I found that jounaling on the PC very very helpful.  I was able to get things out that I know I would never have said to anyone. 
For some people, music can have the opposite effect.  I still have problems with it.  Until a few years ago, I was the biggest music fan my whole life, but now...only sometimes I can listen.
 
Gentle hugs
Diane
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stkitt
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   Posted 6/22/2008 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   

Great job everyone.............

Burn the candle at one end

Lack of sleep, poor diet and no exercise wreaks havoc on our body and mind. Kind of obvious, but worth mentioning as it’s often ignored as a stress management technique. Listen to your mother and don’t burn the candle at both ends!

I get my sleep but need to work on diet and exercise. redface
HOO RA!

Kitt


 

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