Monday, May 28, 2007

Being hit with depression

is much like being hit with a 2x4, in one sense. You reel from it because it is so unexpected. I have spent years dealing with depression, only to have it crop back up again in odd moments. For instance, I have not had a bad bout for approximately 2.5 years. And now, today, suddenly it hits.

I don't want medication. I don't have a problem with medication, but the only one that works for me has a lot of side-effects that are unpleasant. So I am trying the natural route of tending to my depression. Warning: I am not a licensed physician or psychologist, this is only my opinion. If you are suffering from depression, please see a doctor or psychologist. That said, here is what I am trying. The last few days I have been irritable, sad, overly emotional, etc. All of these are indicative of a real black mood around the corner. My first instinct is to isolate myself. Since that is not a good one, I will make a call to a family member this evening. Second, I will make sure to take vitamins every day. Third, I will up my exercise to include things that will really physically challenge me. Fourth, I will use visualization to help calm fears and worries. And fifth, I will challenge my negative thoughts with "reasonable expectations."

3 comments:

Musickna said...

Take care - depression cannot be trifled with. I treat it with the utmost respect after a lifetime of living with it (I'm nearly 50). Don't give up on the drugs. They change, new ones may avoid the side-effects that dissuade you today. It simply is not worth the pain, bad decisions and other general life-wrecking behaviors that come with untreated depression. All the best to you! :)

Eliza said...

Thanks for the encouragement. It does need attending. I am finding that the exercise and diet (when I stick to it) are doing really good things. But it's the sticking to it that is the problem.

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