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Old 11-23-2010, 04:45 PM
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I've been on antidepressants for 8 1/2 years. When I left my AH, it was in such a hurry I didn't get my meds with me. I haven't taken, nor needed, a single pill since.
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Old 11-23-2010, 06:36 PM
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When I finally got on the right medicine for my depression, the world became a different place. I finally understood.

I hope they make another one soon that works for me and that my body tolerates. Sometimes I get very sick of me.
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Old 11-23-2010, 06:42 PM
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When I finally got on the right medicine for my depression, the world became a different place. I finally understood.
Exactly...I couldn't have imagined since the chemical whatever had always been there to some extent since childhood!
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:16 PM
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I was actually hospitalized for depression/anxiety. There are different kinds of depression. I have 'anxious depression'. There is also situational depression which is a bit different. I will also be on meds probably my whole life. I did get off of them for a period when there were few stressors in my life but I felt it creep in like a dark cloud forming and went back on the meds.

I was the bedridden, suicidal ideation type of depressed person so if I can get better, anyone can Finding the right doctor is key.
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:56 PM
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Thanks to you all! SR really is an amazing resource and lets us know we are not alone.

It's true, life IS too short to be miserable. The holidays don't help either...
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:19 PM
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Ugh don't get us started about holidays...
Holidays suck!!


RE depression I took antidepressants for months then started feeling horrible like a zombie.. now I am free of them and a new therapist says I don't have clinical depression, that I am just mimicking my mom's sadness because I wanted to show her my support....... therapy+proper nutrition+natural suplements have done the trick currently.. but yes, only a specialist can say. I am not like jumping all over the place and superhappy but I am becoming more grateful by the day and excited about my present and my future so at least I am no longer living in the past all day every day or giving the Kleenex company all my earnings
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:51 AM
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I am just mimicking my mom's sadness because I wanted to show her my support
That's interesting. My mom the alcoholic has always suffered from severe depression and sometimes I feel like a para-alcoholic, but never thought of it in terms of depression too...
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:22 AM
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My AS has been diagnosed with chronic depression, and mum has said that she is determined not to suffer alone, so makes sure all of us around her get to suffer too.

Til 1991, when I left my late AH, I had never felt depressed to the extent I got to for the next 6 months, when all I had been and believed in for 25 plus years, seemed to shatter in front of me. I managed my way thru it and out the other side at last.

In 2004, which began badly and got dramatically worse, I hit the bottom of the black pit of despair, considered suicide a few times and almost lost my faith totally.
My Doctor took steps to have me committed into care for 5 weeks and followed up for the next year.

I have changed medications as I improved and now take a AD that is quite mild, with the idea of quitting altogether in a couple of months time.

If someone had ever told me, that I would be that low down, and be under treatment for so long, I would have laughed.....ME? Trained Nurse and with a Psychology Degree, Counselling experience.......yes ME.

Depression knows no boundaries, and has a wonderful time among those people who are living with alcoholism and addiction of all sorts. Curse them, all those substances and actions from hell.
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:57 AM
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It is interesting reading how people describe their depression--Jadmack I also call it the black pit of despair. Also the abyss. Mostly because once I fell in it took so long to get back out.

I can always tell when I am on the edge looking down and it scares the living daylights out of me and makes me move into action. Sometimes day to day life gets busy and I do not pay attention to what my body is telling me (SLOW DOWN) and that is when the fingers start creeping in. I can actually feel a shift in my brain.

When I found out my kids had RAD and PTSD and what I was going to have to do to help them heal I started to walk toward the edge and could feel its pull. I think HP gave me a smack upside the head and I went to my doc, told her what was going on and what I was in for as I tried to help my kids--and that I was afraid because if I fell into another depression I would not be able to help them. She immediately upped my meds. Right now I am on the highest dose on one med. I also take 2 other meds-one for depression and one for anxiety (my depression seems to go hand in hand with anxiety too--the cyclical panic attacks during my 1st round of clinical depression-EGAD! I thought I was dying and even called an ambulance when I had the first one.)

The one time I did go off meds and was OK (for a year) I was the healthiest I have been in my life. I was going to an acupunturist and between acupuncture treatments, a healthy diet, herbs and exercise I stayed off my meds. Some day I would like to be able to do that again--but cannot afford acupuncture anymore. If insurance companies would allow alternative medicine they would save a fortune! But they will not pay for acupunture or the herbs. I was shocked they paid for my light box.

I agree the holidays suck big time. This year I am broke and the kids are asking for the world (because Daddyo suddenly has enough $$$$ to buy them everything and anything-while I struggle to pay the bills). The other day my 5 year old was complaining that I did not have any money to buy them what they wanted and I told him he was getting a new storm door and toilet for Christmas--those were really cool presents! Need to have a door on the house in the middle of winter and I don't consider the toilet a luxury item! I was just kidding but the look on his face was priceless. Even my 9 year old started to crack up.:rotfxko

I do think my depression (once treated) helped me look at the world differently and help me appreciate what I have and it was so good when it lifted to be able to laugh again.
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:20 PM
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the other day my 5 year old was complaining that i did not have any money to buy them what they wanted and i told him he was getting a new storm door and toilet for christmas--those were really cool presents! Need to have a door on the house in the middle of winter and i don't consider the toilet a luxury item! I was just kidding but the look on his face was priceless. Even my 9 year old started to crack up.
lol!
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:08 PM
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Originally Posted by hoopninja. ((( The other day my 5 year old was complaining that i did not have any money to buy them what they wanted and i told him he was getting a new storm door and toilet for christmas--those were really cool presents! Need to have a door on the house in the middle of winter and i don't consider the toilet a luxury item! I was just kidding but the look on his face was priceless. Even my 9 year old started to crack up. )))

After I got myself out of my bathroom, having needed it in a hurry from laughing at the above post, I looked for some toilets for you Hoop.
Do you have any idea of the way out whacky toilets there are?

Here is a small selection to interest your kids in plumbing items.





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