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    i suffer from clinical depresion

    the robin Williams story has made me want to admit this. i do the treatment and take the meds but it scares me that some one with the resorces as robin does can lose the battle

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    He may have HAD the resources, but did he USE them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    He may have HAD the resources, but did he USE them?
    id sure hope so

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    You're admitting it, which means you know it and you're dealing with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EthanYQX View Post
    You're admitting it, which means you know it and you're dealing with it.

    All the best Windy.
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    I'm glad you were able to recognize it and be treated for it. Hopefully you and your doctors will continue to treat it effectively and you can have a long, fulfilling life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    the robin Williams story has made me want to admit this. i do the treatment and take the meds but it scares me that some one with the resorces as robin does can lose the battle
    Ditto. I usually don't care when some famous actor passes away, but it's different this time on many levels. He's spent his life fighting an uphill battle that you and I can relate to. He's also a cyclist which we can relate to. I feel like I've lost a member of my tribe today.

    I don't really think too much about treatment, as I don't know the details. It's hard to imagine that someone with so much success could still be depressed... but that's exactly what depression is, the complete removal from reality. Assuming it was a suicide, it is evident that he could not see how loved and respected he is by so many. He could not see his own accomplishments. I hope that those who don't suffer from depression can really take a step back and think about that. Those of us who are clinically depressed are often not in our right-mind.

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    Keep practicing your guitar Windy.

    Apparently making music helps with depression.
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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    the robin Williams story has made me want to admit this. i do the treatment and take the meds but it scares me that some one with the resorces as robin does can lose the battle
    do not take this lightly... the one piece of advice I can give you is to not be alone... do not isolate (and yes I know its easy and at times you may want to) from "others"... those others keep you grounded and will help you lift or deal with the depression... my big question immediately was... if Williams was so depressed, why was he alone? Where was his wife and family?

    I also suffer but have learned to deal with it... at one point I decided no more meds. But I had to make a deal with myself (and the doctor)... I have to stay "engaged" with others. Even if that means just checking in and posting on a forum...thankfully I have told friends and family and if I shut down and get "quiet" they check in on me... thankfully they love me enough they won't let me drown in my sorrows but they make me "snap out of it"... honestly bike riding helps...ALOT. I can get out and feel a part of a community; I belong and I matter. So do you...
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    ty for ya advice everyone. i beeen staying in bed but im up now im going to try to kayak

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    I Got out of the country (on a couple Bike tours) and talked to people, there, and found where I lived, the USA, was a lot of the problem ..


    BTW , in LA they just call it "the Business" .. it gives some and takes a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    ty for ya advice everyone. I've been staying in bed but I'm up now I'm going to try to kayak.
    Good for you!

    What has helped me the most is meditation. You learn to maintain your focus as you realize that any thought is just a thought and it is a temporary thing, so you don't get attached to it.
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    You have my utmost respect for admitting the problem here. Don't feel alone...everybody's got SOMETHING to deal with. I hope this can be part of your answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    ty for ya advice everyone. i beeen staying in bed but im up now im going to try to kayak
    It's awesome to go out and do something. My advice is to find a friend with similar interests. Getting out is better with numbers!

    Also, if you can't do something good anymore, don't be afraid to pick up something new. After my second stroke at 24, I couldn't draw half as good as I used to be. I then found DJ'ing and A/V production. Until I was good enough to ride a bike again, I had that going for me. I got to DJ in Pittsburgh, NYC, Baltimore, and Chicago because I didn't have a 9-5 job or anything holding me back. I still can't draw as good as I was, but my experiences led me to re-route and evolve the artistic skills that I do have. Don't ever get discouraged about something you can't do well. Let it be a stepping stone towards something better and don't look back.

    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    Good for you!

    What has helped me the most is meditation. You learn to maintain your focus as you realize that any thought is just a thought and it is a temporary thing, so you don't get attached to it.
    Meditation is big with me. After years of painful after effects of cancer, meditation was one of the things that helps me with these pains.

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    Dont ever move to the Pacific Northwest if you suffer from clinical Depression cause when the clouds come back in October it means business. I've been here over 30 years and I still get scared of our winters. ( No money to leave)

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    ^ i feel the same way about summers in the south. and that's why i moved to seattle.

    i wouldn't say robin lost any 'battle.' he crushed it most his life.

    we're all gonna die.

    had he lived another ten years and lost control one day while riding, i hope none of you would say, "he lost the battle." lame.

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    I'm glad to hear you're dealing well with it.

    I had serious depression when I attempted to finish my college degree after taking a break. All's I can say is my now-wife then-girlfriend was a big reason I got through it. That and some anti-depressants to bring me back to a little bit of reality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2702 View Post
    Dont ever move to the Pacific Northwest if you suffer from clinical Depression cause when the clouds come back in October it means business. I've been here over 30 years and I still get scared of our winters. ( No money to leave)
    As much as I love visiting family in the PNW area, I know enough not to live there. Even with Denver's 300 days of sunshine, there can be long cloudy weeks in winter that have an affect on me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2702 View Post
    Dont ever move to the Pacific Northwest if you suffer from clinical Depression cause when the clouds come back in October it means business. I've been here over 30 years and I still get scared of our winters. ( No money to leave)
    I've lived in the PNW for the past 17 years. Get yourself a Phillips Light Therapy (blue LED light), use it in the morning when drinking your coffee/tea at your desk. Go to a tanning bed once per month at least. It's not so you look like the local HS kids, it's to give your body that much needed Vitamin D.

    Trust me, makes a HUGE difference combating SAD!

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    Williams was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's, wasen't he? The thought of succumbing to such a degenerative illness may have simply been too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey. View Post
    Williams was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's, wasen't he? The thought of succumbing to such a degenerative illness may have simply been too much.
    Yes, after he passed it was reported he was diagnosed 5-6 months ago with early Parkinsons. However the doctors told him he would likely have 5-6 years before displaying any symptoms.

    I think it was a compound of several things. Williams was going through divorce number 3, his most recent TV show was just canceled after the first season, and he was diagnosed with Parkinson. That's a tough run of luck.

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    I've worked with alcoholics who also have mental illness. I make sure they have a phone and I match them up with two other people. Each morning they call each other to check that they have taken their meds and if it appears that the person is isolating, we will arrange a visit.

    Seems to work out very well.

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    I just spent 3 days in San Diego/ Tijuana. Maybe too much sunshine is possible. It just beats down on you all day, I think the Seattle half sun half clouds aint that bad.

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