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Old 02-24-06, 12:47 PM   #1
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Depression sucks!

Iíve been battling depression for over a week now.
I'm trying to ride this out without the meds and I'm hating it.
Anyone else suffer from this occasionally?
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Old 02-24-06, 12:51 PM   #2
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Iíve been battling depression for over a week now.
I'm trying to ride this out without the meds and I'm hating it.
Anyone else suffer from this occasionally?
Every day of my life
Depression is a natural thing. You usually don't need meds to fight it. You just need to find out what it is originating from and help fight it or get around it.
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I don't know, but I would probably try and do it without med as well if I were in your shoes. Stick it out.
How does one tell if you're depressed?
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Think of things you're going to do instead of things that have already happened and that you can't change. Depression is one of those things where, the more you fixate on being depressed, the worse it is. So if you don't have a plan for things you're going to do, make one and try to keep most of the things simple and achievable... ("I'll go for a walk in the park" is better than "I'm going to Cancun for Spring Break and have a fling with a hottie" - that is unless you're Danno )
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Thanks guys. Unfortunately this is something that I was diagnosed with many years ago. Iíve been on the typical stuff (Buspar, Lexapro, etc.) and they seem to help. But I donít want medication to make me feel normal Ė whatever normal is. My moods swing dramatically. Iím up and down like a fricken coaster. Right now Iím really, really low.

Hopefully the 60 mile course I have planned out tomorrow will wake my spirit and get me feeling better. Weíll see.

edit: I know docs like to medicate and diagnose you with something that's treatable with them. I just think mine's deeper that what a Doctor can put his/her finger on. anywho...
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Depression and Medication should not be mixed in my opinion.
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Whatever you do, don't ask Tom Cruise.

Seriously, though. I think you'll find a lot of sympathetic ears out here. Many of us have been through depression, or are controlling it the best way possible. The bi-polar (i.e. manic-depression highs and lows) nature can be so frustrating to admit. Knowing it is a big step. Finding a support mechanism that is willing to listen to what's on your mind is another, as long as that support mechanism is not enabling your depression with dumb things like "you'll snap out of it." Constructive feedback and positive actions are the best.

Good luck and keep on talking it out. Sometimes it just takes time... sometimes it takes something more than what you can get out in the Foo section of BF.
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Don't forget to maintain a regular omega-3 fatty acid intake. There are studies which suggest it can help reduce depression and stabilize moods. Do a google search on it.

Certain fish are high in it, and if you don't like fish, try a handful of walnuts each day. There are a few other sources too.
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No couching jumpin' here. Though, I'd like to throw a few chairs around.
Anyway, thank you all. Talking helps. err typing. Whatever.

And I'll look into Omega-3. I love fish, but I do need more in my diet.
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How does one tell if you're depressed?
There is a variety of symptoms, from anxiety to sadness to anger, to guilt feeling or feeling exhausted all the time, to feeling a burden, that every minor task is impossible to undertake... More serious symptoms involve feeling worthless, wondering what's one's purpose on earth and can lead to dramatic consequences.

There supposed to be close to 20M Americans suffering from depression with a great number not even knowing about it.

People who are not too close to me, I have told I have been suffering from depression for longer than I can remember, are absolutely astounded. Closest relatives and friends do know however.

I have never resorted to medication or professional help, probably because of a strong will to change things or gettings things going when I felt downbeat, with a very supportive spouse and relatives I have to say, but I recognize that this may not work for everyone and med should be considered.

Riding works wonders for me

I have a twenty year old niece who suffers from very serious depression, including recently thoughts of suicide. A beautiful and bright young girl, talented and very social, she can also spend days in total seclusion. She often feels the world as a heavy burden on her shoulders to the point that she had to get a pacemaker installed to control her bladder so she could get out in the world.

Puts my case into perspectives

OK, that was my piece on the topic.
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I know how you feel. Every once in a awhile I wake up and feel depressed. Sometimes I feel really sad and sometimes I get super pissed about everything, its weird. Unexplainable for me, not sure why. One day I'll be super stoked about a ride, the next I wont care lol. Its weird.
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There is a variety of symptoms, from anxiety to sadness to anger, to guilt feeling or feeling exhausted all the time, to feeling a burden, that every minor task is impossible to undertake... More serious symptoms involve feeling worthless, wondering what's one's purpose on earth and can lead to dramatic consequences.

There supposed to be close to 20M Americans suffering from depression with a great number not even knowing about it.

People who are not too close to me, I have told I have been suffering from depression for longer than I can remember, are absolutely astounded. Closest relatives and friends do know however.

I have never resorted to medication or professional help, probably because of a strong will to change things or gettings things going when I felt downbeat, with a very supportive spouse and relatives I have to say, but I recognize that this may not work for everyone and med should be considered.

Riding works wonders for me

I have a twenty year old niece who suffers from very serious depression, including recently thoughts of suicide. A beautiful and bright young girl, talented and very social, she can also spend days in total seclusion. She often feels the world as a heavy burden on her shoulders to the point that she had to get a pacemaker installed to control her bladder so she could get out in the world.

Puts my case into perspectives

OK, that was my piece on the topic.
WELL AT LEAST IM NOT ALONE!!!!!!!!!!


Yes its something that many people deal with. I completely disagree with the way the world thinks that they need to baby or apply drugs / medicines/ whatever to it. It's just something that somebody deals with. And I feel that one is not really capable of judging the choices people make unless they've been there. And whatever you fought, and whatever you did that applies to you. It doesn't mean its the right answer or the source of everybody else's problem.
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I know how you feel. Every once in a awhile I wake up and feel depressed. Sometimes I feel really sad and sometimes I get super pissed about everything, its weird. Unexplainable for me, not sure why. One day I'll be super stoked about a ride, the next I wont care lol. Its weird.
and they say women are moody
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and they say women are moody
Dude Im hecka moody. Tehehehe, ya bastard.
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I completely disagree with the way the world thinks that they need to baby or apply drugs / medicines/ whatever to it. .
Especially the amount of mind-bending drugs they give to children that happen to have more energy than others. Seems like kids these days are pumped full of drugs if they show the slightest amount of energy. Its horrible
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make sure to get outside for a walk. look at everything. notice everything. acknowledge all the objects around you. this gets you into a looking at things with a different perspective so you're not so focused on what's bothering you.

do you have insurance? try some cognitive brain therapy with a psychologist. that can help change your perspective as well. that helped me with my anxiety.
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Like others before me have said- riding works wonders.
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Yea im going for a ride now.
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Especially the amount of mind-bending drugs they give to children that happen to have more energy than others. Seems like kids these days are pumped full of drugs if they show the slightest amount of energy. Its horrible
As a Gen-X'er, I remember growing up and having two options on a Saturday or after school:
1) Go outside and play, ride your bike, go to the pool and swim, etc., and don't be home till dinner time! This led to us having to make ourselves busy with games, activities, etc., without total parental supervision. Independence!
or
2) Here's some chores, yardwork, etc., which pretty much led us to choice number 1 as often as we could.

Nowadays with so much media scaring parents into thinking their precious little Katelyn/Dylan/Austin is just another statistic waiting to happen out on the mean streets of their suburban neighborhood, so the kids get put on a short leash. This leads to less independence in the kids, more sitting around doing nothing, and more depression. Do kids still walk to school anymore?

Maybe that's me looking through rose colored glasses, but we had to walk or ride to our friends' houses or to school. Kids that got a ride were seen as soft and pampered.

What does this have to do with depression? I guess I'm not totally sure, but our fear-mongering society here in America sure ain't helping.
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There are different types of depression. If your depression is due to a chemical imbalance, then the meds will help. There are alternative homeopathic remedies, as well.
If it's just a case of the blues, then change up your diet/routine and see if you can bring yourself out of it.
Good luck.
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I know that it is fashionable to tell people to avoid medications for depression but, if it were not for Prozac, I doubt that I would still be alive today. I tried for years to control the depression without medication, but I couldn't. Don't hesitate to use the resources available. I'll keep you in my prayers.
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I know that it is fashionable to tell people to avoid medications for depression .
I'm not trying to be fashionable. I just think that some of these drugs are being heavilly over prescribed to people that just dont need them, and as a result, it just makes things worse. If you need meds, take them, if not, then dont.

I guess that contradicts my first statement, but i just kinda thought this was a short term thing for you.

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I hope you are feeling better, as many others have said, get outside and go for a walk/bike ride. Where i live, a lot of people suffer from depression in the winter because it is just so long and its hard being couped up in the house most of the day. I think its called seasonal illness disorder or something along those lines.
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Years ago I used hear about people who had "depression", and my thoughts were "pfft....just snap out of it and get over it".

But then.......I dated a girl who had depression and learned first had what "real" depression really was. Depression and "being depressed" are two different things. First of all, you can't necessarily tell somebody with depression not to fixate on what's making them depressed, because often times there isn't a specific thing that's causing it.

It truly is a hormonal imbalance and thus "real depression", depending on the severity, pretty much needs meds to be treated. This girl I dated had meds and let me tell you....they often made a HUGE difference. She could not handle it without the meds....and at times, I suspected she might need a higher dose than she was given.

Let me tell you.....I really felt bad for her. Seeing her in her bad times was heart breaking......I could try my best to be there for her and cheer her up, but often there was NOTHING I could do. She was often talking suicidal and such things....it was a real hell for me, so I can only imagine how bad it was for her. I am only thankful that its never something I've had to battle.
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Heh. I have a good friend who once told me that her brain was thinking too much and keeping her up at night and so the doctors gave her medicine to calm it down.

:-/
She's a reallly bright young lady and I could only imagine where she'd be now if instead of being given medicine they would have altered her life style and helped her deal with it and taught her how to focus her mind on productive things instead of giving it chemicals to stop it from thinking.
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