Hello, Blackkitykat, and welcome to the Depression Forum,
I'm sorry you're having problems with post traumatic stress disorder
and with depression.
Did you ever get a diagnosis for what was wrong when you were placed in the hospital? Did you experience physical abuse at that time or were you hospitalized for emotional abuse or depression resulting from the abuse?
Under any circumstances, you are doing the right thing by planning treatment for post traumatic stress disorder. Your psychiatrist will probably recommend that you take medication for a while until he
feels that you have overcome the memories of any stress.
There are things you might also do in your diet to help your feeling tone. Do not use alcohol; it makes depression worse, and do not eat
or drink anything that has caffeine in it; it makes depression worse
also. The use of tea is not good, since it can contain either caffeine or theophylline, and chocolate is likely to cause difficulty for you, as well.
These things really do affect how you feel during the day following ingestion of them, so I would strongly encourage you to put them aside.
That means giving up sodas that contain caffeine, coffee, tea, chocolate, and anything else that you know makes you feel bad. Diet
plays a very big role in overcoming depressed moods.
Avoid sugar because it creates highs and lows. Try to use whole wheat rather that white flour products.
Get your rest and take your medications. These are all things that have been recommended by my specialist to follow to improve feeling tone.
For me personally, I cannot use the artificial sweeteners. They create terrible feeling tone about
three hours after ingestion, and I have to
just drink water for an hour or so to relieve the symptoms. Others
have different sensitivities that bother them.
You could purchase a manual on cognative behavioral therapy which may help you counteract the negative thinking by turning it into positive thinking. Some find that very helpful. You can use meditation, which I do, and find it wonderfully helpful. Several on the forum use
journaling--writing their thoughts on paper--it seems to give them a
clearer picture of their moods and relieves the low feeling tone.
Hope you get along well and feel better soon.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 10/22/2011 4:48:54 AM (GMT-6)