I have just recently been diagnosed with depression although i have felt for about 6 months this was where i was headed.
I generally post on the Hepatit board, having been diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis and cirrhosis in 2004. For some unknown reason my body rejected my liver. This is a chronic illness. Medication will be for the rest of my life. (I'm 58 now).
I lost my sister early 2006, from another autoimmune disease. I feel my depression stems from grieving for her. This has stirred up memories of my mum who died January 14th, 9 years ago, and my baby daughter who died Feb. 79, aged three days. The birth of my first grand child, a girl in August 2006, has been a wonderful experience, but has reminded me of the baby i lost so long ago.
I don't want to do anything. Just sit around unable to get started on anything. Crying at the drop of a hat - at anything and everything. My husband takes me walking each day. sometimes twice a day. He is a great support. He tries to fill each day so I have less time to dwell on how I am feeling. I am a school teacher and I am currently on school holidays. I go back to work first week in Feb. (I'm in australia).
i have lots of friends but at the moment i have lost interest in them. I'd prefer to be at home and avoid contact with these great friends. I still enjoy seeing my two sons, their wives and of course the beautiful bub.
Prednisone is one of my meds and I know this can make a person crazy. My husband has recently retired and I worry about retiring myself in a couple of years and whether i am ready for this change. It scares me.
I have gained about 10 kilos in the past twelve months and am very disappointed in my appearance as a result of this weight gain. I just don't seem to have the will power to diet and I get depressed as the weight goes on.
I have been prescribed Lexapro. Can anyone tell me anything about this medication?
Thank you for allowing me to air my thoughts here. As a regular member on hepatitis i know it is good you put it into writing.
I have just read "Taming The Black Dog" Has anyone read it?