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jen987
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   Posted 3/31/2012 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

I don't know how I am feeling right now, so I thought you guys can give me an objective view. I don't feel suicidal, but I don't feel happy. However, I just can't do anything productive, for the whole day so far I have just stayed in bed, eaten, and played on my laptop. I don't think I'm being lethargic or apathetic or else I would just lay in bed and not feel like eating or doing anything, which I have felt before. Perhaps, I am avoiding my responsibilities... To put it simply, I can't get myself to do anything productive, but I know I have the energy inside me. Maybe this is laziness? Anyways, thoughts? and how I can get out of this funk?

P.S. I am 19 diagnosed with major depression & General Anxiety disorder, and taking medication(Zoloft, Abilify, and Vistaril) I am very angry about my recent weight gain of ~30lbs because of medication, but I guess that is a whole other topic.. Also, I know my post wreaks of double negatives.

Thanks,
Jen

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   Posted 3/31/2012 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
HI Jen,

Welcome to the depression forum. First of all, I don't think it is laziness. Secondly, how long have you been on abilify? It usually starts working in two to three weeks. I think it is depression. Maybe you need your meds tweeked a little. I would definately talk to the prescribing doctor about this. Sometimes we need a break for a day or two just to relax. But longer than that could become a problem. Maybe if you allow yourself this time, you will not feel guilty about is and enjoy it to be more productive down the road. It is hard to say...

Try taking a short walk. That is what I do. It seems to give me energy. And makes me feel good mentally too. If you can, start out slow, only five or ten minutes. Gradually build up to where you are walking about twenty minutes a day. That also burns calories. I ahve lost four pounds since I started walking early March.

I really hope that you feel better soon. You want to talk to your doc while it isn't too bad yet. Like I said, you may need an adjustment on your medications.

Hugs, Karen
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migar.com
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   Posted 3/31/2012 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,

I'm here not as someone who is currently in a funk, but someone who would rather show support. I think it is super hard to help someone via a message on a forum, but I applaud the moderators for trying, and I'm going to try as well here.

I've been in this situation before. I know the feeling isn't great. The going out for a walk idea is a good one, because it forces you to get out the house. I started that way, it kind of helped. What really helped take this feeling away, was 30 minutes a day of challenging exercise, for 30 days. What happened once I started forcing myself (due to a contract i signed with someone special to me), was that 30 minutes turned into 35, then into 40. I started losing weight, building more confidence, and having more energy. My life has now changed dramatically over the past year.

I know its easier said than done, but believe me when i tell you this, you have two ways of looking at it. It's easy to do, and its easy not to do. You have nothing to lose by doing it (exercising), and you have lots to lose by not doing it (bad health, less confidence, etc.).

People say mind, body, and soul. I say body, mind, soul.

I hope this helps you in some way. Stay positive and challenge yourself to grow.

Jim1969
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   Posted 3/31/2012 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Apathy, lethargy, etc comes in varying degrees just like all emotions do.

Medication can be a great thing, so can therapy but at the end of the day when it is all said and done they can only do so much and the rest is up to you. It can be very challenging at times but you need to force yourself to get up and do what you need to do.

Unfortunately weight gain is not uncommon with many medications. The best thing to do is change your diet and up your activity levels. Talk to your doctor about a diet and exercise program and go and see a dietitian who can help educate you about foods and help you work up a meal plan to help you lose the weight.

A very healthy diet and a good exercise program will not only help you look the way you want to there is also a very good chance it will help you feel the way you want to also.
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   Posted 4/1/2012 6:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Migar.com,

Thank you for the positive post and welcome to the depression forum. We can always use supportive members.

Hugs, Karen
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