Posted 12/7/2006 2:40 PM (GMT -7)
Hi, Dee. I can strongly relate to your current state. My mother died a little over a year ago after a fairly short, rapidly progressing illness. I too have always been the strong one and helped everyone else. It caught up with me. Four months after my mom died I started seeing a therapist because I have a very long personal and family history of depression. I thought I was doing well between seeing her and having an increase in my antidepressant. Along came this July and I bottomed out. I've had several major bouts of depression, but none like this. It caught me really off guard because I usually have been able to catch the signs that I'm slipping and prevent a bad episode. Not this time. I'm glad you've been able to acknowledge that you need some help. HealingWell is a great first step. My GP suggested a couple of different therapists for me right after my mom died. I talked to each of them for a brief consult. I learned what their approaches to helping grieving patients was and who I had the best vibe with. The one I chose has been a life-saver. Please follow through on talking to your GP about a referral and meds. I know it's not easy to put the needs of those around you (particularly family) to take care of yourself, but I've learned the hard way that you just have to do it and pray that they understand and are supportive. Good luck in finding someone to help you. We're here for you.

Hugs,
Jen
-Formal diagnosis of Crohn's Disease in ileum in July 2005.
-Experienced what were most likely flares for 12-15 ys.
-6-MP, protonix, cymbalta, wellbutrin, trazadone, metamucil capsules, allegra, nasonex.

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