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Old 03-24-2009, 04:36 PM   #1
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Unhappy depression or SAD

I am wondering if anyone else suffers from SAD, (seasonal affected dissorder).
Its seems for the past 3 years every Autumn/fall that comes round I get depressed. I have suffered hyperactive thyroidism in the past 2 years but this year my test are all clear and doctors cant find anything wrong with me. I have been worried sick there maybe something else wrong with me that blood tests cant pick up because I have a constant occuring pain in my upper spine and Ive been real nausious over the past 3 weeks, I eat but cant put on weight, (this is odd for me) I get tired and feel week and have had pain in the stomach. I have been crying a lot but I think that because Im so anxious about not knowing whats going on. Im actually quiet scared this could be something more serious but doctors wont send me for more test/scans. They havnt diagnosed me with anything and Im sure Im not a hypocondriach.

 
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Old 03-25-2009, 05:43 AM   #2
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Re: depression or SAD

SAD is something which although a medical reality isn't widely recognized as a 'serious problem'. But I know how you feel coz I suffer from it pretty badly as well. Its more common than you think and I went to the doctors many times because I was constantly tired, feeling anxious and depressed, and feeling sick on occasions. SAD even affected my periods and began to mimick the signs of early pregnancy (which terrified my fiance lol). Of all the doctors I went to see only one actually asked me if I'd heard of SAD and said he thought that was my problem as blood tests all came back normal except for a low calcium and vit C count.

I'm pretty sure there are treatments available but they're probably pretty expensive so he suggested taking vit C and getting outside as much as possible. SAD is caused by lack of exposure to the chemicals which the sun provide and which make us feel "happy" in the summer. He told me that whenever the sun was shining, even if it was cold I was to try and get out in it, take a walk or potter around the garden as much as I could. Easier said than done especially when your feeling so depressed all you wanna do is stay in bed and sleep! But it actually helped.

My advice for what its worth is try and keep busy as much as possible, because lethargy can be caused by lack of exercise. Also try not to worry (hard I know) because worrying always makes things seem worse.

Keep your chin up love, spring is just around the corner (we hope!)

Aimee xxx

 
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Old 03-25-2009, 11:29 PM   #3
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Re: depression or SAD

Thankyou for your reply.
I found out last night I also have a reflux problem which is also making me feel ill, so at least I now know one thing.
As for spring just being around the corner, I am actually here in the land of oz so we are just hitting Autumn.
I do find that when Im out and about in the sun I do feel better, I walk everyday, but as soon as Im inside or its late in the arvo, misery sets in, and so does the anxiety, Its like my body is timed for it. on its little autopilot. Im sure if I give cognitive behaviour therapy ago and maybe some counselling that might help.
I just wish hubby would be patient with me while my doctors and I sort things out. My man is very impatient and not very supportive when I get Ill.

Thank you for your story. Its a little comforting to know that this problem is real and isnt make believe like my husband says. ('Its all in your head Get Over it')

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Old 03-25-2009, 11:55 PM   #4
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Re: depression or SAD

hi,
I am sorry your suffering from sad, depression.
I'ts not all in your head, I am sorry your husband says that to you.
I also suffered from depression, I had seasonal depression, I used to cry for hours, for no reason. I was so depressed especially in the winter. I stayed in bed for 14-16 hours a day, I did'nt want to get up out of bed...I do take Celexa now and I am doing fine, I do see a psychologist from time to time. the depression your having is proably why you have the weight loss..
talk to your doctor about getting on an antidepressent, the celexa does help anxiety to.
I know there our alot of good meds for depression out there.

take care
and god bless

 
Old 03-26-2009, 06:05 AM   #5
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Re: depression or SAD

SAD is definately not in your head hun, but I know its easy to think that sometimes... I used to panic every time I went to the docs coz I was sure one fo them was going to tell me I was a hypochondriac! Try researching online, printing some stuff off and showing it to your husband? My ex was very impatient with illness... unless it was his own of course and then it was the end of the world and life had to stop because he had a case of the sniffles lol.

I agree also that there are plenty of meds out there that can help. I'm on Fluxotine (is that spelt right? lol) at the mo and have been for past few years and they help a lot at the mo. Sucks though coz I'll be on meds for my whole life coz I have some brain disorder which has a long name for it that I can't remember, and my brain doesn't make enough seratonin or whatever that 'happy' chemical is. Lol my fiance calls it "brain diabetes"... well if you can't laugh at yourself...

Aimee xxx

 
Old 03-26-2009, 07:34 AM   #6
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Re: depression or SAD

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SAD is definately not in your head hun, but I know its easy to think that sometimes... I used to panic every time I went to the docs coz I was sure one fo them was going to tell me I was a hypochondriac! Try researching online, printing some stuff off and showing it to your husband? My ex was very impatient with illness... unless it was his own of course and then it was the end of the world and life had to stop because he had a case of the sniffles lol.

I agree also that there are plenty of meds out there that can help. I'm on Fluxotine (is that spelt right? lol) at the mo and have been for past few years and they help a lot at the mo. Sucks though coz I'll be on meds for my whole life coz I have some brain disorder which has a long name for it that I can't remember, and my brain doesn't make enough seratonin or whatever that 'happy' chemical is. Lol my fiance calls it "brain diabetes"... well if you can't laugh at yourself...

Aimee xxx
Hi Aimee,
I to will be on meds the rest of my life, I had a blow to the back of the head.
and my brain does'nt make enough seratonin either, the head injury whirled me into a depression, it caused to much fluid on one side of my brain.
I used to take the Fluxotine, for many years, the Celexa works better for me, it's a newer one.
Now that I think about it I did'nt go to the doctor right away, not till I started really having bad headaches it was 3 weeks later, and I thank god that I did'nt die from it. I think more of it recently, Liam Niesson wife, I had a hard blow to the head, I was shocked to hear his wife was on a bunny hill taking a ski lesson and I wonder how she hit her head, I'm thinking the snow must have been ice, she must have hit her head on a hard piece of ice.
that is just mind boggling.

but I am doing very well now on meds
take care Aimee
all the best to you, and keep laughing..


laughing is what keeps me going. lol ..
MrsChen

 
Old 03-27-2009, 12:07 AM   #7
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Re: depression or SAD

Im going for a test on tuesday, I have no idea what the tests consist of just that I have to take a barrium drink/liquid so the specialists can take photos of my insides. Then I have to do another on the thursday which will take a few hours i think its called a follow through. Im actually very scared and am not looking forward to the results. I just cant help but think the worst and it is making me crazy. I cried so much last night I had to ring a 24hr counselling line. I was losing it real bad, and I just wasnt making sense. It seems everytime I get sick this happens. I cant control my emotions. Does anyone else have this problem when they get sick. Just worry, worry, worry all the time till you litterally feel sick because you arnt well?

 
Old 03-27-2009, 02:54 AM   #8
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Re: depression or SAD

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Im going for a test on tuesday, I have no idea what the tests consist of just that I have to take a barrium drink/liquid so the specialists can take photos of my insides. Then I have to do another on the thursday which will take a few hours i think its called a follow through. Im actually very scared and am not looking forward to the results. I just cant help but think the worst and it is making me crazy. I cried so much last night I had to ring a 24hr counselling line. I was losing it real bad, and I just wasnt making sense. It seems everytime I get sick this happens. I cant control my emotions. Does anyone else have this problem when they get sick. Just worry, worry, worry all the time till you litterally feel sick because you arnt well?
Hi that's good that you called the 24 hour counseling line, I hope they
where able to help you. I am sorry to hear that your spirit is down.
Sometimes people worry, they cry, some people get mad, or angry,
It is ok to Cry.
the barrium swallow test is'nt so bad, you just drink this liquid and they
do an x-ray scan while you swallow it, you stand up while they do it.
the test takes maybe 5-10 minutes.
I had one done they where looking for any leaks.
dont be scared these test wont hurt you.
try not to worry so much try to think of positive things, things that make
you happy.
Keep in touch, you can write to me any time.
Paula

 
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