i've found the strength in myself to overcome it....tell me your story, i want to help

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   Posted 10/10/2006 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had depression my whole life. I never went to any shrink or counslor, (I am not saying by all means that you shouldn't.) But through pain and deep sarrow I somehow found the beauty in this life and have come over many hardships. If anyone reads this message, please, tell me your story and i'll try to help. I am an excellent listener and want to be here for you.

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   Posted 10/11/2006 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I was physically and mentally abused growing up. Ran away from home late teens, shacked up with a few men, went to college, got my degree. Abused many times over the years. Have Depression and other ailments. Tried Christianity, small groups for a while. Been divorced three times, one adopted child who has her own problems. Not close to family members. I do have a boyfriend. I love my cat, Bo. I find solace with animals, crafts, plants. Seek psychiatrist routinely since 30's (now in 50's). Been through it all and heard it all.
Listen to yourself, believe in yourself and accept what is
Tinnitus, RLS, Fibromyalgia, Depression, GERD, anxiety but a perfect mind and body

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   Posted 11/5/2006 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I am new here.  I hope someone will understand me.  March 11th, 2006, my great niece died in her sleep.  She had a bladder infection and went to a specialist.  The Saturday before her death we gave her, her 17th birthday party and the next Saturday her mother found her dead.  It's a long story.  No drugs involved, church going, loving and loved everyone.  I cannot get over her death.  This week has been horrific for me.  I have a son 19 years old and am so thankful for him.  He has been a good young man. With all of my past, which there was a lot of depression and hardships and my husband now, father to my son has been a good father, but we have had much financial worry.  He has not paid taxes in years.  I retired after working 35 years and really just couldn't go on another week working.  Due to my depression, I wonder why I wasn't fired, but I am a hard worker and praise God, I held up.  I am on Paxil, Xanax, BP medicine and Demoral for osteoarthritus.  I stay in constant horrible pain and I think my meds. are not working anymore.  I am so depressed I cannot stop thinking of my precious great niece.  I am in so much pain and suffer terribly from panic attacks.  I can't even express my actual thoughts and depression.  My husband is good, but doesn't understand me at all.  Just had to talk to someone.  I went to church this morning and cried during the entire service.  I ask God for peace and comfort.  I know he hears me and will help me, but I am so afraid I am completely losing my mind.  Nothing is the same anymore.  My great niece was my niece's only child and my sister's only grandchild.  I get no help with chores and the more I do the more they let me do. 

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   Posted 11/5/2006 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear abbriose -- my heart goes out to you. I lift you up in prayer right now. Your deep faith WILL sustain you through this intense grieving period. God sees every tear and His arms are around you - even when you cannot feel Him. Cry out to Him and allow yourself to cry and grieve the loss of your great neice and the pain of knowing that others you care for are in pain. A lot of churches - especially the larger community churches, have grief counseling and grief support groups. I think it would be very helpful to be with people who understand what you are going through. They will be in different stages of grief and can help you along. Please don't isolate yourself. Glad you found Healing Well. Take care.
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   Posted 11/8/2006 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
In December 1995, I was diagnosed with clinical depression. In the previous months, I suffered my first depression. I was a freshman in college & away from home for the first time. I began to slowly isolate myself from my friends & then my family. I ulitmately stopped going to classes & then left after 1st semester to go home. Once I was home, I went to a psychiatrist, was diagnosed & prescribed the first of many antidepressants.

For many years, I struggled with accepting depression, taking antidepressants regularly & going to doctors (numerous) on a consistent basis.

In 2000/2001, I became serious about treating my depression. I began to see doctors regularly & take antidepressants, as prescribed. Throughout the next 5 years, I met my husband, got married & moved to 3 different states due to my husband's career. In each state, I always established a therapist & a psychiatrist.

In our most recent move here to Indianapolis, I have had a more difficult time establishing good doctors. I did find a very good psychiatrist & with her guidance/support, slowly tapered down & went off the 3 antidepressants that I had been on for over 5 years. I made the decision because I had reached a really great point in my life & my husband & I decided to try to start a family (with infertility issues), as well as some other factors. At any rate, I suffered horrible withdrawal symptoms but struggled through with thoughts of being drug-free for the first time since I was in high school. Slowly, I started to become severely depressed again. For the past 3 months, I have struggled trying to find good mental health doctors (and as many of you probably know, it is the worst time to try to find help).

Currently, I have found a good therpist which I am trying to see weekly, as long as I am able to make it out of bed & the house. Tomorrow, I am scheduled to see a 4th psychiatrist & am just hoping that he works out. I am thinking that I need to go back onto an antidepressant.

That's my story, very much in a nutshell. Thanks for starting this thread.

Take Care.
DX: Clinical Depression 12/95 & Bi-Polar Disorder 10/03

RX: Stopped Antidepressants 08/06 & Metformin ER 1500 mg. (Fertility)

Post Edited (indygirl) : 11/8/2006 9:40:24 AM (GMT-7)

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