Yes, it is normal to go in and out of depressive eppisodes. The problem is that with each eppisode it will be harder to treat. I to have a way to "smile and hide" my true emotions. Sometimes I don't even know they are there. They come out in other forms such as diet, thoughts, sleep problems and such. When they do come out it is like releasing a floodgate. The problems with the UC and the Depression may be linked and aggrivating each other.
I have found 2 books "Undoing Depression" and "Aganst Depression" that has taught me about medications and how they work. It also goes over the physical changes inthe body and brain of a person when they have depression. It is a real Degenerative Brain Disorder. Research is so new.
Also, things like UC and Depression ruins marraiges. Don't let it. Be the bigger person, look for books about married to...(depression, UC) and also regular marraige books. Work on it, now more than ever. I had to, when my husband was diagnoseed as BiPolor, and now he is for me. It's not like the movies- it's more like everyday life.
Hi Dave, I wanted to welcome you to the depression forum! It is quite common for people who have serious medical issues to also have depression. They often do go hand in hand. It sounds as if you have been going though a lot of stress lately so, you add all that on top and it can push depressive symptoms to a higher level.
You mentioned in your first post having feelings of "decreased participation in the things I love doing, insomnia, bad moods, feeling low, decreased appetite" and thinking that perhaps your medications or UC was the cause for this. These things you listed are classic depression symptoms. Not to mention a stressful marriage.
I am sure that your doctor will slowly start you on an antidepressant, not just jump you up to a high dosage. As with the driving they often caution you to not drive for the first few days so you know how you react to the med. Some of them can cause dizziness and drowsiness at first. Plus they dont really "fix" depression the antidepressants mainly just help lift the depression so that we can deal with our life issues.
Depression is really a medical illness since it is a chemical imbalance in the brain dealing with serotonin levels. Antidepressants help to regulate and restore the serotonin that we lack. You also asked about "having depression, getting fixed then getting depression again" well, normally this would be called recurrent depression or major depression which is always there just under the surface (not dx'g here ). Here is a link on it for you to check out if you like. http://www.psychologyinfo.com/depression/major.htm
Please do keep posting Dave and letting us know how your getting along.
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