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melodiq_mz
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   Posted 6/18/2005 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just wondering if there is anyone in this forum who has been healed from depression? Anyone been delivered from it, and it hasn't come back? Is there anyone who has dealt with depression and feels like themselves again? I've just been having a rough week. And i keep trying to push myself to feel better, but it's just not working for me. I guess it would be encouraging to hear a good success story!

AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 6/18/2005 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I feel great on medication. I can go off the medication for about 4 -6 weeks and then I am back to crying for nothin. I do MUCH better during the season of longer daylight (for me, that is now) . . . but I have learned to continue taking my anti-d in a much smaller dose. Doc and I have discussed it, so he is fine with me adjusting it. Just keeps me level.

I have heard that many people (especially younger people) use the anti-d's to get over a hump and get headed in the right direction . . . but, now that you ask, I only know one person who used it short term . . . but it was for a specific event that triggered the depression.

This is an interesting question. I hope you get lots of positive answers.

Blessings!
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melodiq_mz
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   Posted 6/19/2005 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't started any medication yet. I've been determined not to have to take it. I felt like i was well on my way to feeling normal again a couple weeks ago, that whole week, i felt pretty good, then last week i felt not so good all over again. I told my therapist how afraid i am to take medication, and she suggested that i excersize, she said that's a very good way to combat depression. So i'm gonna start excersizing this week! My next appointment is next week, so if i don't feel any better by then, i guess i'll go on ahead and start taking the lexapro samples my doctor gave me. I'm glad that I've been able to share and hear other's stories on this site, it's been somewhat of a comfort to know that others struggle with is as much as I do. But at the same time, I hear all of the sad stories, but like i said, i guess it would be more encouraging to see more success stories...but like i say, it's all good!

melodiq_mz
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   Posted 6/20/2005 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you chasegirl. Yeah, I just moved to the area that i'm in, so I don't have a gym membership anywhere yet, but i've got some aerobic videos that i'll do!! But I totally understand how you feel about being able to do it by yourself...that's me all the way. But yeah, let me know how things go for u, and i'll do the same!

New DX Beating Odds
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   Posted 6/21/2005 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there, I was DX in Feb this year with Crohns' Colitis of the transverse colon only. I was in a major downward spiral with depression constantly crying thinking that no one understood (which they didn't) except for a few friends that worked in the medical field who were aware of this. Then as my weekly visits with my nutrionist proved..the only one that can take care of this, is me, if I didn't want to be on any kind of additional medication for the depression. I began saying morning and evening prayers thanking God that I was alive and asked for the strength to deal with this unfortunate mess I put my body through and for continued health. I started looking at crohn's deferently not as a disease but as a wake up call that my body was trying so hard to do before, but it had no other choice, in order to get my attention. Trust me...I've heard and Im now listening to it :) My mind set has totally changed and I think that's the first area to begin. Once this is altered even the slightest positive thinking helps in the long run. The next battle for me was to overcome the fatigue and constant tiredness. That's when I was put on liquid trace/essential minerals & vitamins. along with colon health tablets. As everyone knows whose done any reading on Crohns' aloe vera is a very good anti-inflammatory and coats the colon along with Noni, Borage or Flax Seed Oil and other natural therapies of that sort. I have since been able to reduce my current meds to 3 tablets 1 times a day or 2 a day depending on how im feeling or I go without them for days. the doctor will not admit that good nutrition and taking care of ur body is another way to heal it....everything is always the same "the meds will help u nothing else"....yeah right. Ur meds are there if u do need them but trying alternatives do help. Im currently doing Massages, Acupuncture, Chiropractic treatment in addition the above mentioned before suppliments and working out in the gym or just going walking near my home. It's a different zone, clear minded and it's just u and yourself. I have not had an episode since...Thank God..and Im going on 5 months plus feeling like this....like I can CONQUER the world. I've even began working out again and do get sore pretty quickly but that's from the muscle fatigue which im working on daily with walks and light weights.

Now Im not saying throw away ur meds but look at the alternatives and just be positive and believe in urself. Your body will tell u what it needs if you can listen to it. Everyone that has heard from me before on this site knows that I was depressed and worried about everything and that I wouldn't make it...but I got constant positive words and of course excellent products. Im always positive and upbeat even when I feel a bit of bad stuff creeping in...

You will make it...just be positive and believe in urself.

Post Edited By Moderator (AlwaysRosie) : 6/21/2005 7:33:58 PM (GMT-6)


melodiq_mz
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   Posted 6/21/2005 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
WOW! Thank you for that NewCD...That's what i needed to hear! Based on a lot of things i've been reading, i've been a little bit discouraged. I haven't heard about many depression recovieries that didn't include being on medication for the rest of their lives. And i, like you, are determined to basically conquer the struggle that's in my mind by posative thinking and prayer and close fellowhip with God! And it's funny that you mentioned the Noni juice, cause my mother sells it. I used to take it somtimes for my sinuses, but it just tastes so bad to me...anyway, THANK YOU again for that, i needed this today!

AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 6/21/2005 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome New CD!!

Just want to welcome you to the forum!!! Lots of friendly helpful people here. Your post was edited to remove product names. Please see the forum rules for more information.

Blessings!
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AlwaysRosie      "We can't control the waves, but we can learn to surf!"
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MercyFound
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   Posted 6/22/2005 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there - Just a thought - NO condemnation
I used to say " I can do this on my own". and I even counseled other christians - that God was bigger than what they felt and if they only trusted Him...
But God is teaching me - that none of us need do it on our own, nor can we. We need Jesus and all that He has provided for us. And sometimes that provision is medication. There is no shame in taking medication for depression.
Let me just pose this question - if you have a headache, do you take asprin? Medication for depression is like that.
These thoughts are offered for your consideration, not as law or judgemnt.
Blessings - Cindi
Life is simple - just not easy
Life is simple - just not easy


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 6/23/2005 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Amen!
In His Grip,
AlwaysRosie      "We can't control the waves, but we can learn to surf!"
Psalms 139
UCTD (Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease), Hashimoto's, Plantar Fasciitis, Inflamatory Arthritis, High BP, GI Inflamation, Diverticuloses
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Bryce
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   Posted 7/2/2005 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on meds for 28 years, but for most of those years the meds never really enabled me to function as well as I needed to. I knew that my thinking was a large part of my problem but I didn't know how to go about changing it. For over 30 years I thought that meds was all there was to help because that is all I tried and no doc really pushed any other type of therapy on me. In 1997 I lost my job due to an unpredictable sleeping pattern assocaited with my depression. In early 2000 I left my doc of 15 years for another so I could try different meds without being hospitalized. I went through 7 in about a year and a half, nothing worked any better than my old meds so I went back on them. I was exhausted and I didn't know what I was going to do. I had been praying for several years for help. In late 2000 I came upon a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) home program. I hesitated about ordering it due to the expense and having no job, but I did order it anyway. I was bed ridden on 1999 and 2000 much of the time. I also had some serious thoughts of ending my life then and a couple of years after. But in the first week of beginning this CBT program I felt some security just listening to the tapes. This feeling was like what I experienced when I was young and with my parents. I saw some improvement in the first four weeks, but it took me a long time to grasp the big picture of CBT.
 
I went through some very hellish times after this. But after 3 years I was much better and felt I was ready to try and work again after 7 years of not working. It took me a year, but now I am working full time again. I do struggle at times, but I know what is happening to me now and I can work on my problems where before I didn't know how to. I am still on meds, but CBT was another tool which has helped me just as much as medicine. I was on anti-anxiety meds for 27 years, but have been off of them now for 19 months. My anti-depressant meds have been reduced about 70% also. It's due to working with the CBT and excercise. I began walking/jogging 2 miles a day 4 days  a week about 3.5 years ago and worked up to 3 miles a day and kept this up for 3 years. Both tools, CBT, exercise, plus meds have helped get where I am now. I still have a lot to work on, but I am lot better. I was very sick. I don't come here much anymore, but I did want you to know that our thinking can be a big part of the problem.
 
I didn't realize how hard I was on myself until I started getting in touch with what I was thinking and writing it down in a journal. I was merciless on myself and literally considered myself worthless. I would have to say that I hated myself and that was a large part of the problem. I really believe that our thinking, which is an electrical and chemical process, affects to a significant degree the level of neurotransmitters in the brain which control our mood and emotions. Some doctors believe this also and one has written several books on depression and anxiety and explains CBT in his books. The Doctor's name is David Burns.  I recommend them highly. I believe such help can help us recover, if not completely, very significantly.
 
If boobaby is still around I hope you will tell her hello for me. She's a very good and kind person. Take care all.

Post Edited (Bryce) : 7/2/2005 3:43:49 PM (GMT-6)


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 7/5/2005 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Bryce,

Thanks so much for sharing your story. I know it will give hope to the many people who have read it. Many people read and never post. You have really done well getting your life turned around!!! Thanks again for sharing!! *Rosie give Bryce a few firm pats on the back*

Blessings!
In His Grip,
AlwaysRosie      "We can't control the waves, but we can learn to surf!"
Psalms 139
UCTD (Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease), Hashimoto's, Plantar Fasciitis, Inflamatory Arthritis, High BP, GI Inflamation, Diverticuloses
Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Metanx, Synthroid, RX Motrin, Lexapro, Amitriptelyne, Salagen, Lotrel
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melodiq_mz
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   Posted 7/5/2005 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
its been a little bit since i've posted...i've been feeling a little better, and have been gettin out more, excersizing and keepin busy. But to Bryce...thank u for sharing, really! You're really a blessing because u didn't loose hope and you kept trying until you found what worked for you. And that's what i'm trying to do now. This week, i've sorta fell back into my depressed, ill mode. And i'm just trying to make sure that i'm not thinking such ill and negative thoughts. And remembering to make God first even when i'm feeling good...But thank you again for sharing...

taintedangel
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   Posted 7/11/2005 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I've often wondered that myself; success stories. I to dread the bouncing around between meds when that starts and I know that will take place sooner or later once I see the psych. I think those of us that deal with anxiety and depression are very unique people. I mean come on we know our bodies inside and out. We know when we're truly happy and when we are truly feeling miserable. Not that I would wish this illness on anyone but I do often wonder why god made so many of this way. I have finally realized that I can't do this on my own and I am currently seeking help after my last episode I had. My husband deals with anxiety as well and I've told him he should go back to his doctor. I think he's going to go in a couple of weeks. I sure hope so. I often pray and that I was a naturally happy person but unfortunately I wasn't made that way. I'm just glad to see everyone taking control of their lives and getting help. I'm not saying we'll all be better and healed but anything has got to be better than what we've been going through.

I'm so glad i have found this site. It does help some to know others are experiencing the things I have been dealing with and that I'm not alone and I'm not weird and its not all in my head. this is real, this is me and I'm only trying to make me a bit more fined tuned and if that means taking meds in order to do that. I guess I'll just have to go that route. I don't like the thought of having to take antid's for a while either but if it helps I say let's do it... let's get me a bit more stabble than i have been lately.
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