Hi, I like many of you do and have suffered from depression for a long time( for me, since I was a young teen). It's been over 52 years since I can remember not going thru periods of depression that I've been going thru this last year.
Yes, I'm on medication (Wellbutrin 300mg XL, 1x a day). Yes I have other health issues all that would lead just about
anyone to have periods of depression. I do have chronic permanent health issues, which in part are depression and for the others, depression makes them become worse.
I do know how to deal with depression, for the most part. I also have done a good deal of reading in this area and to a degree I am educated in this area, but all that still does not always help me to get past come periods of depression and to move forward. So I've come here hoping someone can give me some suggestions.
I know to eat right, stay away from: alcohol, caffeine, sugar,too many carbs, late nights and partying; to get a good nights sleep, to take: my supplements, various herbs and minerals, & my meds; do exercises, to do something physical, to get out of bed, get dressed & put on makeup, to try to think positive, and I try to help others as much as I'm able...but the one thing I'm not much good at is getting myself out the door to talk with others and I know that is important.
I don't have any animals as I'm allergic to them and I live in a condo, but even if I had a house, I am allergic to any soil I've tried working with and I just do not enjoy gardening because of that. I don't play a musical instrument. I've tried a few, but I'm just not good at practicing and following thru with learning. I'm
open to any suggestions.
I tend to isolate my self a great deal for weeks on end without leaving my home or seeing another person and I know that's not good, but I just don't seem to be able to stop doing that.No, I do not have OCD. I think most of my problem with getting out the door to be around others is that I'm sort of an introvert.I can do all the rest, but at times I fall into not eating right, or exercising or doing some of the other things I know I should do, when I'm going thru these isolation periods.
As for how long they last, well usually a few weeks then I have to force my self to go to the grocery store and pharmacy and I can do that in about
3 hrs and then I'm back home for another few weeks.
No I do not have agoraphobia (fear of leaving my home) I did have that some 20 + years ago after a mugging, but I'm well over that now...this is totally different.
I feel pretty good about
chatting on the net, but I do not know of any sites for older women and that is what I'm hoping someone can help me find. I feel if I can talk with other women close to my age (a senior female) that will help get me to start to relate with other people and move out of my shell and help get myself out the door.
Also, I have heard of groups that do things like knit or sew little things for children when protective service is called in to help them.Since I can do both of those, that would be of interest to me, if anyone know of anywhere in the San Diego area, I would be most glad to know of those places, but mostly for right now, I feel if I could find somewhere to chat with other women that would be a great help.
Post Edited (2Hawaii) : 2/3/2012 3:37:27 AM (GMT-7)