Basically I echo what everyone else has said.....its impossible not to feel some depression if you're afflicted with a chronic disease. I became most depressed when I became unable to work but I've learned to do some work at home since I can't follow a "normal" schedule and it has helped me a lot. I also got a dog about
a year ago, this is probably a personal thing related to me but I live by myself and my dog(a Pug named Lloyd) has SERIOUSLY changed my life around quite a bit. I HAVE to get myself up, no matter how I feel, and take care of that dog and I end up starting my day once I'm up....used to just stay in bed and mope in those situations.
Anyway, I see a therapist(great help to have someone to talk to plus it keeps you from boring your friends with your problems, its someone to vent to) and I see a psychiatrist who has me on Lexapro and I think it has also helped me tremendously. In my opinion you don't feel like a zombie on depression meds, it just keeps you from falling into those LOW lows where you really can't cope. You stay on more of an even keel. As everyone said, there are forums specifically for this and all over the net discussing this subject in more detail. Good luck and keep your chin up!
34 Year old male-diagnosed with Crohn's at 15. 10 surgeries from 88-03. Have tried Remicade, Asacol, Imuran, Pentasa, and Prednisone and haven't really responded to any of them. Chronic diarrhea since 92. Due to such a short bowel a good day is 10 bathroom visits,25 on bad days. Also still have plenty of pain/cramping. I'm on Oxycontin 160mg and a Duragesic Patch 50. Just went on disability, can't work unfortunately. I live in New Orleans, LA."Nothing I see can be taken from me." -Trey Anastasio "A good day aint got no rain...A bad day is when I lie in bed and think of things that might have been." -Paul Simon