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."


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.

Anonymous said...

Depressive disorders make one feel exhausted, worthless, helpless, and hopeless. Such negative thoughts and feelings make some people feel like giving up. It is important to realize that these negative views are part of the depression and typically do not accurately reflect the actual circumstances.