Dutchie & FBF,
I am sorry that I've taken so long to respond. I've had a lot going on this week; I will be posting my update sometime today.
Dutchie, please let us know about your health (thyroid); I am sure that everything will be fine . As for FBF's depression....My bipolar of course, is mostly depression, mixed states (which depression is a part of)...So I know (we all know) how awful it is. Serafena is right, somehow FBF is going to have to try coping through it. It's hard, but has to try.
FBF- I once had a mental health professional tell me that you can either allow the depression to take over, consume you, or you can fight it. That might sound "easy for me to say" and I understand that, because when I am severly depressed, I don't feel like it's me allowing that to happen. I feel like it truly is controlling me and I can't do anything about it. That's the tricky part. But what I've learned is that I can try to do little things. I've learned that all along, I was thinking I needed to do the impossible, something huge to get myself out of it. I still get into the mind set sometimes...but that's the depression talking. I realize that I do, in fact, need to do a little work to try and feel a little better.
Serafena's tips were great. I suggest them all. Keep in mind too, that not all of these things can work. A lot of the time, they don't work. That's frustrating...But when they do work it is so worth the effort. You can keep trying. And my goal when I'm depressed is to feel even a little better, not to expect to get out of it completely with the coping I do. Just to feel a little better, one step at a time. I am not sure any of this is making sense, and I know that this is such a hard thing, really. I hope that you get into the doc's soon, and if it's medication that will help you feel better, I hope that works out for you as well. Antidepressants really do work.
I am keeping you both in my thoughts, and I am glad that you have each other. Many hugs; things will get better, I know it.