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Old 07-04-2012, 06:10 AM   #1
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Dealing with Depression

In addition to medication and therapy what else are you doing each day to ease the pain of depression. I'm fairly new to depression. I'm not taking medication and will soon begin therapy at a Mental Health Clinic and I'll have access to both a therapist and a psychiatrist. What else can I do on a daily basis. I'm looking to learn from others dealing with this illness.

 
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hi, welcome to Healthboards. It is great that you are getting to work on your depression. The first thing I would suggest is that you keep a journal and write write write. The mental process involved in translating your thoughts to the written word is one of the most clarifying and effective things you can do to sort out the baffling mysteries of why you feel what you feel. Next, tell your inner voice (the inner critic, or "that miserable wretch", who keeps putting you down, that you are not going to take that any more. Stop believing everything it says. You need a bit of an inner critic to stop you from being foolish, but they go overboard. Write it all down, and imagine saying any of that stuff to a friend. You wouldn't?? Then why say it to yourself?! Realize that you are dancing to music that was laid down from the time you were born. That doesn't mean that the tapes cannot be changed. Your upcoming therapy will teach you how to change them or record over them. I wish you a successful journey. Sera

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Re: Dealing with Depression

It's great that you have taken the initial steps to help yourself. I agree that it's important to write what you are feeling. I've had many therapists along the way. Some better than others. One of my better ones told me to make a chart with two columns. Whenever I have a negative thought, write that in the first column. Use the 2nd column to write a positive thought to counteract the negative thought. Also exercise. It may be tough to start but you do feel good after. Best wishes to you!

 
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Re: Dealing with Depression

My only observations are:

1) People who exercise don't seem depressed. I just spent a week at the beach, depressed, but watched people using the jogging path each day and no one was upset, crying, etc. So that got me thinking that exercise must somehow protect the body from depression (we already know it protects from stress).

2) Find something, anything, that you love that lifts your depression and focus on it during your bad days. I've had to lean on that one thing many a time to get me through the bad days when everything else is wrong.

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Old 07-05-2012, 08:22 AM   #5
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Re: Dealing with Depression

Many thanks for the replies. The depression began in December and I know what caused it. For the past 6 months I've done nothing to help myself rarely leaving my apartment. I finally woke up and decided to get help and to help myself. I'm seeing a therapist and a psychiatrist soon who are both affiliated with a local Mental Health Clinic.

About three weeks ago, I began walking with the use of a pedometer. I walk 2 hours early in the morning and 2 hours early in the evening. I'm doing between 8 - 10 miles each day.

Two months ago I ordered online an over the counter product which has 5 ingredients which help ease tension and has a calming effect. I'm also taking a high potency all natural supplement.

I'm no longer ordering unhealthy food from local restaurants. As of a month ago, I'm back preparing healthy meals with emphasis on fruit, salads, vegetables and seafood.

I still have the depression but I feel better. What I can't do is face neighbors (I live in a 100 unit apartment complex) and people in the community. Everyone is aware that I had a complete mental breakdown and was taken out of the building at 2AM being very loud to a County Psychiatric Ward where I became an unvoluntary patient for 19 days. There's a stigma about people who have mental breakdowns versus someone who has a heart attack.

I couldn't begin to think about moving and dealing with depression. I have a goal to move hopefully by November. This is something that I thought about doing before I had the breakdown. I've moved here 10 years ago. I consider moving an extremeley important part of self help.

I'm so glad that I found Healthboards and the Depression section. I have no close family and few friends. It nice to discuss depression with those who understand. I'm fortunate that I don't have any health issues other than the depression. Not bad for someone who's 72. Thanks for listening.

 
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I feel you...I have neighbor issues which are a large part of mine. I think if I could move, I would be so happy but who knows---sometimes you move only to end up next to a new kind of weenie.

Yours is easy, you live in an apartment and something as simple as a move and voila. No one knows you any longer. Maybe you could find a good real estate agent in the area who would be willing to manage your move for a small fee.
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