Depresssion and Anxiety

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hope3
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   Posted 8/15/2006 4:37 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
 


LondonGirl22
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   Posted 8/15/2006 4:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hope,
 
I'm so sorry you are feeling this way.  It is hard when an illness causes you to become depressed.  I have felt this way with my bowel problems.
Have you seen a doctor about your depression?  If you can take antidepressants with your condition, these may be helpful to you.  Also, have you ever heard of health psychology?  At our hospital we have health psychologists who help people with illnesses learn to cope better.  This can be helpful in getting you to try and lead a normal life even though you have a condition that is stopping you from doing certain things.  Its definatley worth looking into.
I hope you see your doctor about the depression as it is obviosley affecting you a lot.
 
Take care hope and post again to let us know how you are
Victoria
 
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hope3
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   Posted 8/15/2006 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Victoria, thank you for responding. I have never heard of health psychologists, I will definately check into it, thank you. I am also going to change my antidepressant, I hope this will help as well. I will post again, hopefully with better news. Take Care!


Wanda
 


janetlee
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   Posted 8/15/2006 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Wanda,
You should go to a support group for depression. Check with the local mental health association about ones in your area. You can unload there (as well as here!) It will help you to have someone to talk to that's going thru similar circumstances! there may even be support grous for folks with heart problems...you can always check! Ask you doctor! If he doesn't know, call the Am. Heart Assoc. They're nice folks! Take care and all the best to you! :)
Janet
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els
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   Posted 8/16/2006 4:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Wanda, as you know I posted over in the heart forum for you about this but I will add just one more thing  :-) ....I have had depression and anxiety for a very long time.  Way before I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and then just recently Multiple System Atrophy.   The antidepressants I was taking before always seemed to work well but last summer when I became very ill and went into the hospital with all my heart problems, got the pacemaker and found that I had MSA and what that entailed I did become extremely depressed.  I thought about death all the time, was obsessed with thinking I was going to die and the thoughts and fact of knowing that this disease is going to drastically shorten my life really added to me basically mentally giving up.  I was taking 200mg of Zoloft at the time and I wasn’t helping.  My primary doctor got me into see a Psychiatrist and he right of the bat changed my antidepressant to Effexor XR.  Amazingly the thoughts receded and I started to feel better mentally which in turn helps you feel better physically.  He also hooked me up with a counselor and a great deal of our time in therapy is spent talking about my medical and health issues as this is my biggest stressor in life.  For me it has helped greatly....


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hope3
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   Posted 8/17/2006 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for responding. I am hoping that a different antidepressant will help me. I also would like to find a professional place to talk about my illness. I know that the illness is what is effecting my life the most and I need someone that has experience with talking to people that live with it. I am going to try my best to find one. Good Luck to all of you!

Wanda
 


cliche SAHM
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   Posted 8/17/2006 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   

Since it's angina that you're dealing with, you can contact the American Heart Association and find a support group near you... or they can recommend a counselor for you to talk to that will be familliar with your condition and the problems that go along with it.  That might take some of the pressure off of your husband to be your only sounding  board.

What sort of treatments are you undergoing?  (Just curious, I don't know much about the ongoing care of angina.)

 


hope3
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   Posted 8/17/2006 9:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi cliche, I just had a balloon put in about a month ago. Other than that I am taking alot of meds, thats all they can do for me because my arterys are too small. The only support group I've found so far are too far away for me to drive, but I will continue to look. I am going to seek counseling very soon, so I'm hoping that will help. Thank You for responding and its nice to meet you.
 

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