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   Posted 8/1/2008 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a question that I've been really curious about and now that I have people to talk to who are going through the same things as me.
I was wondering
What do you believe triggered your depression?
or what in your life do you think may have caused you to become depressed.  Genetics? hardships?
For me I believe that some of it is genetic and some has to do with my family life growing up.
My grandfather, uncles, and father all suffer from depression, and my mother is a very timid woman.
My uncle committed suicide when I was 10
My father ignored me completely my whole life.  He knos nothing about me.
My sister has dementia and used to abuse me and my little brother when we were too young to protect ourselves.  I would cry for help and nobody would come.
when I was 20 I got in a small accident basically rendering my back and neck useless and hurting with pain for months.
The accident was what really started the sprial downwards, I could not work or even sit up for months.
so genetics, family life, all were a huge part.  The accident really was my trigger.
I would love to hear your stories if you would share them.
The sun can't shine every day :)

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   Posted 8/1/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Robyn,

Good thread...

I think I inherited it from my mom and dad. My mom was bipolar and paranoid schitzophrenic. There was a lot of drinking and depression in my family. I didn't know my dad, but I heard he had problems.

That alone I guess can cause somebody to be depressed. I was married for 23 years to a man that was very posessive and controling. He died in 2000 from lung cancer. I now am married to a very good man. I feel that my life is a lot better. I got fibromyalgia a few years ago and lost a business that I had started, that really put me into depression for a while. But the fibromyalgia taught me to take life one day at a time and that has helped with the depression too. So right now, I feel pretty well. Not perfect, but I can't reallly complain.

I hope that others join in.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 8/11/2008 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
The worst thing in this world to understand is that no matter how much time passes or memories fade, there they are in the background waiting to be triggered by an event that caused you pain.  Believe me when I say that years of grieving the losses that you went through will never let go!!!!  The best thing you can do and this is the hardest to do is understand that no matter what you will never be able to forget, but sooner or later those things that haunt you will not hurt so bad and you can think of the new life that replaces but never disappears.
This is the most heart-wrenching thing to accomplish and it will not happen over night.
" Treat me like an angel and I'll show you heaven."

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   Posted 8/11/2008 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I think mine is triggered by health issues. I have Crohn's Disease and have battled with it most of my life. All in all I have a pretty good quality of life but I look around and only seem to notice healthy, vibrant people everywhere. It makes me feel alittle isolated at times and I have to struggle to stay realistic and realize that many people are not as fortunate as me and that everyone has their own demons no matter how perfect they try to display themselves. The best way to prove that to yourself is get to know someone like that well. In time they will reveal their weaknesses and then you realize we are all in the same boat. 

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   Posted 8/11/2008 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   


Hi there, this is Kitt.  My hubby has Crohns and he has done very well for the past 15 years, no major problems yet I know he remembers the 3 surgeries and the other problems he has had and it is always in the back of his mind.

His daily routine is dictated to some extent around his Crohns and I know he resents this but he is not a talker and will not let out his feelings.

I am glad to see you can open up and talk to us as I believe it is so helpful to get those feelings out and let others help you.

You sound like you are truly a strong person but please remember even the strongest are allowed to have their down times. :-)

Please post whenever you feel you want to.  I look forward to getting to know you.



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Post Edited (stkitt) : 8/11/2008 12:04:39 PM (GMT-6)

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