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2005/08/02 21:04:15 (permalink)
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anyone overcome depression?

Sorry, to lower the tone! Dad died when i was young, and mum had cancer two yrs ago, since then suffered really badly with anxiety and lately quite bad deppression too. Just wondering if anyone has any inspirational stories really! might keep me going in work! (bloody sales!!)

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    m12_shakes
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    RE: anyone overcome depression? 2005/08/02 21:08:25 (permalink)
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    not me personally but know people who have overcome depression. for them it was bad enough to take medication. all have recovered and have said the same thing....they just needed to talk.

    because depression is rather mind set, it's all up to the person themselves to get out of it. just keep thinking positive and talk to those nearest and dearest.

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    RE: anyone overcome depression? 2005/08/02 21:21:34 (permalink)
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    Mate, depression is not one huge leap to get over it, its little steps at a time. Just like bodybuilding. You can't pick up a 50kg dumbell and expect to curl it when you first start out. Maybe a long way down the road when you have built up to a stage as such you can finally reach that goal, but not before. Depression is similar. You have to take little steps of progress, and remember that there will be peaks and troughs too. Don't let that get to you otherwise it will be one big viscious circle. Medicine can help, but I've been on and off and back on fluoxetine (prozac) for 4yrs now, the last 11months without coming off. Personally, if I had the choice now, I would not have started it back then. You have to be careful otherwise you might find yourself on those things for a long time, struggling to get off them.

    Try to surround yourself with friends, and other people, keep busy, don't have too much time to sit and just hik for long periods when you are down. Find people who are in similar situations if you can - people who aren't depressed/haven't gone through such things don't really know what to say etc, and they say the usual things which don't help at all really, but make you feel worse!!

    Anyway, hope you can become more at ease mate.

    Regards,
    mcl

    ORIGINAL: Manimal

    Sorry, to lower the tone! Dad died when i was young, and mum had cancer two yrs ago, since then suffered really badly with anxiety and lately quite bad deppression too. Just wondering if anyone has any inspirational stories really! might keep me going in work! (bloody sales!!)

    thanks

    Manimal!

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    RE: anyone overcome depression? 2005/08/02 21:23:41 (permalink)
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    i think that time is the only thing that heals, 2 of my friends recently lost one of their parents, and seem to have coped tremendously well, considering that they are both early 20's aswell. Friends, family are a great help and i think it also helps to go out and meet women, life has to go on.

    "cammmone Haney"
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    RE: anyone overcome depression? 2005/08/02 21:26:28 (permalink)
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    I've overcome depression. It was a long, slow process, took anti-depressants and had counselling for a long time. Stopped counselling, but continued with the anti-depressants, until I decided that I was ready to come off them. I still suffer from low self-esteem and anxiety sometimes, but I can shake the feeling off much easier, than in the past. I dont have the same deep and dark moods with worries anymore. Taking control of your life and setting yourself realistic goals, seems to help. Making time for yourself, and learning to think of yourself also helps me. I'm extremely grateful for the anti-depressants, they did help me, don't let other peoples negative views on depression or medication effect you. It's your life, nearly everyone gets down at some point in their life. It can hit anyone, at anytime, and view what your feeling as a learning curve. Listen to your emotions and learn how to respond to them. Hopefully, you will come out the other side stronger, and learn how to deal with what life throws at you. I can spot early signs now, and I know that I need to step back and re-assess things. Remember, it is your life, YOU make the choices. Most importantly, BE STRONG!
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    RE: anyone overcome depression? 2005/08/02 21:29:13 (permalink)
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    Have you been diagnosed or are you just saying you're peed off at the moment?
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    RE: anyone overcome depression? 2005/08/02 21:32:29 (permalink)
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    cheers guys. I have put it off for ages, but have an appointment to see the doctor this Friday. I am 'functional', I have quite a good job, good social life, self esteem is ok, but just have a constant nagging feeling in the back of my mind all the time. i went to work in america at the start of the year, but found that quite stressful and thats when i started thinking that I'd rather be 10ft under, which is why I've come home and decided to get some help. Feel exhausted too most of the time, but the constant nagging feeling in the back of my mind is well pissing me off!
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    RE: anyone overcome depression? 2005/08/02 21:34:06 (permalink)
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    not been diagnosed, but I reckon suicidal tendencies might qualify me! (not really suciidal tendencies, just constantly thinking I can't be arsed, rather be in bed! (sometimes rather be dead). I think its definately stress and anxiety related, it gets worse in work!
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    RE: anyone overcome depression? 2005/08/02 21:34:07 (permalink)
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    It's good that you are getting help.

    I left it for 17 years before I got some help, should have done it sooner.
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    RE: anyone overcome depression? 2005/08/02 21:35:00 (permalink)
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    I reckon the Doc will over me some medication - any opinions on whether to take it or not?
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    RE: anyone overcome depression? 2005/08/02 21:47:12 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: mad_cereal_lover

    Mate, depression is not one huge leap to get over it, its little steps at a time. Just like bodybuilding. You can't pick up a 50kg dumbell and expect to curl it when you first start out. Maybe a long way down the road when you have built up to a stage as such you can finally reach that goal, but not before. Depression is similar. You have to take little steps of progress, and remember that there will be peaks and troughs too. Don't let that get to you otherwise it will be one big viscious circle. Medicine can help, but I've been on and off and back on fluoxetine (prozac) for 4yrs now, the last 11months without coming off. Personally, if I had the choice now, I would not have started it back then. You have to be careful otherwise you might find yourself on those things for a long time, struggling to get off them.

    Try to surround yourself with friends, and other people, keep busy, don't have too much time to sit and just hik for long periods when you are down. Find people who are in similar situations if you can - people who aren't depressed/haven't gone through such things don't really know what to say etc, and they say the usual things which don't help at all really, but make you feel worse!!

    Anyway, hope you can become more at ease mate.

    Regards,
    mcl

    ORIGINAL: Manimal

    Sorry, to lower the tone! Dad died when i was young, and mum had cancer two yrs ago, since then suffered really badly with anxiety and lately quite bad deppression too. Just wondering if anyone has any inspirational stories really! might keep me going in work! (bloody sales!!)

    thanks

    Manimal!




    I chose to not go the medicine route and focused on diet and fitness.
    The body is needing serotonin.
    The mind and spirit is needing to feel important.

    You've been through alot of stress.

    I agree with mad cereal lover. Tiny steps.
    I also have found that when I am getting absorbed into depression that if I look out and do one thing to help someone else it helps break the cycle of depression.. the focus gets off of me and onto something else.

    Any exercise and fitness that gets the heart rate up and blood pumping will help produce serotonin.
    I also will make sure my diet is ample in nutrients that supply all the B vitamins and vitamin D.
    I also take vitamin supplements that have helped keep my depression in check.

    It does help very much to talk with someone that understands and will listen. I have a journal where I just write down my feelings and thoughts. It helps to sort them out. I also make a point to each day be thankful for at least one thing.

    You can always email me and talk with me.
    Depression is managable.

    Here are some links to look at to help you. I hope they help.
    http://www.clinical-depression.co.uk/faq/seratonin.htm
    http://www.health.uab.edu/show.asp?durki=61541&site=734&return=18687
    http://www.chemsoc.org/exemplarchem/entries/2004/bristol_rosling/My%20Webs/depression.htm
    http://www.usanahealthsciences.com/research/stjohn.shtml


    post edited by hermoso - 2005/08/02 21:56:47

    Beauty is a habit of the mind.
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    RE: anyone overcome depression? 2005/08/02 21:50:48 (permalink)
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    The first thing my G.P. did was to offer medication, although we had a long talk too. I wasn't sure about medication, at first, but now I'm so glad it was there, it really did help. It took a long time to get the medicine that worked for me and the dose, prozac actually made me feel worse. I went to see my doc, every couple weeks, and the doc eventually referred me to a counseller. Medication helps to alter the chemicals in your brain, creating more serotonin, that makes you happier. Don't view anti-depressants as negative, they do have their place, in helping you to overcome your depression.
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    RE: anyone overcome depression? 2005/08/02 21:54:44 (permalink)
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    thanks alot mate. Did you also feel tired all the time and a bit spaced out and unable to concentrate?
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    RE: anyone overcome depression? 2005/08/02 21:57:12 (permalink)
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    yup, I do feel that way when I am depressed.

    I will agree with sambam about taking the medication.
    It has its place.

    I just chose to go the nutritional route.
    post edited by hermoso - 2005/08/02 21:59:01
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    RE: anyone overcome depression? 2005/08/02 22:38:44 (permalink)
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    You're doing right going the Docs mate. Let us know how you get on
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    RE: anyone overcome depression? 2005/08/02 22:48:16 (permalink)
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    When i was 13-14 years old i went through a phase of being depressed and suffering from eating dissorders, doc put me on a few medications, prozac was one of them i tried for a while.

    They helped calm me a bit and seemed to take away stress, but i thought they were all pretty much useless in the end because theres only one way you can beat it and thats by working yourself out of it. Only thing you can do is to know exactly what is making you depressed and then deal with the situation head on, no drugs the doc can give can solve the problem. Also no amount of talking things through can solve the problem, they do help to bring about the realisation that personal actions have to be made to change the situation, but they cant solve it.

    That was what i found from when i was 13-14 and used ever since, actoions speak louder than words, words are just empty talk.

    Warn a man 10 times that youll knock him out and he will not fear you,
    Knock the man out without any warning and he will fear you.
    post edited by BritBB - 2005/08/02 22:50:01
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    RE: anyone overcome depression? 2005/08/02 22:50:05 (permalink)
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    Yep I was depressed for a few years too, and I'm not now, so I guess I overcame it.

    Drugs, therapy, reading, self-help. All of these played a role I think.

    Learning about my other condition(s) and how to combat them were what helped me overcome my depression the most.
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    RE: anyone overcome depression? 2005/08/02 22:55:38 (permalink)
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    I was clinically depressed from the age of about 16, and I guess I didn't get over it fully until I was about 20 (I'm now 25). I was put on anti-depressents (fluoxetine AKA Prozac) and had counselling at for about 6 months when I was 16/17. The drugs helped in a way- they didn't fix anything but they kept my mood in a kind of constant grey, if you see what I mean. The cognitive therapy was entirely useless. The idea is that you are taught to understand what events and feelings trigger your depressive episodes, and when you've understood them, they no longer do so. Trouble was, I was already perfectly well aware of what triggered it, but it didn't make a blind bit of difference.

    When I went to university I was quite optimistic (though optimism is in a way the greatest bane of the depressive IMO- as Sophie Ellis-Bextor sang, a pessimist is never disappointed) that things would change, because I'd meet like-minded people, fall in love yadda yadda yadda. It didn't happen for a good few months and things were still ****, but I guess in the end my girlfriend (now ex) turned things round for me. It was largely a matter of confidence in myself, but a lot more flowed from that, and my general outlook changed. I would say that whereas then I was a basically unhappy person (in a dispositional sense) I am now a generally happy person- although "outlets" are still important, and lifting weights is my main one.
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    RE: anyone overcome depression? 2005/08/02 23:40:53 (permalink)
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    I used to be suffer from major depression,very dark+anxiety,I was finally given the right medication after 7years and they saved my life,I stopped taking them 3months ago after being on them for 2years and I feel fine ATM.

    I now want to get out of bed in the morning and see as many friends as possible and do as many things as I can,I used to want to hide away,sleep as much as possible,life was worse than being dead I used to think for awhile but to come through at the other end scarred but intact is a truly great feeling,I can feel that the depression or cause of it rather is still with me,it always will be,I accept that,I will live with it but it will not control me.

    Now the dodgy days are so few and far between,I feel lucky&I feel stronger now that I ever have been.As mentioned try to talk,real face to face stuff with people that have been through it,people that have not can't understand,not there fault.

    Just remember its chemical imbalance,nothing more,you're not going nuts,thats what I thought for so long but luckily I was wrong,one step at a time and just like the gym you will slowly get stronger and stronger.

    Cannot stress the importance of CORRECT medication and/or understanding friends.

    Good luck

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    RE: anyone overcome depression? 2005/08/02 23:47:45 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: Manimal

    not been diagnosed, but I reckon suicidal tendencies might qualify me! (not really suciidal tendencies, just constantly thinking I can't be arsed, rather be in bed! (sometimes rather be dead). I think its definately stress and anxiety related, it gets worse in work!


    I feel like that most days mate! roll on self employment.......working for other people pisses me right off!
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