Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Open discussion

Be yourself, be anonymous, be real.
I am opening a discussion here of treatment and experiences with depression, SAD (seasonal affective disorder) ADD and any related info that you wish to share or link for us.

My own depression was coming back, so I dragged my droopy face into the Doctor and said:
[you get to finish my sentence for me, What did I say to the doctor?]

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19 comments:

MyUtopia said...

I did several papers on SAD in college. It is a very interesting disorder. The light machines can be very complex and expensive

David said...

did you want to publi9sh bits of your findings on your blog, or here? if so, email then to me

angel said...

howdy! i suffer from relatively mild depression and i've been on meds for about six months now. i can't believe the difference its made in my life- i wish i'd "asked for help" sooner...
my son is an ADHDer- he's 15 now. lets just say that combining adhd and teenage hormone drama makes life very interesing indeed! he takes concerta and it works well for us. i have about 6 books on AD/HD that i have read and re-read and i belong to an email support group that i wouldn't be able to survive without!
i'll be visiting you again!

BarBarA said...

just heard there was a plane crash up there and a few people were killed. Did you see it? How horrible.

David said...

Barbara
crashing into the ground can be depressing, but I am not sure if ADD had anything to do with it.
3 dead.

Anonymous said...

Working on ADD myself, and finally feel free to be diagnosed, after years of denying it (and being one who tends to be a big ADHD overdiagnosis kind of accuser).

Started on Adderall. Too punchy...
Stratera--Terrible drub.

Concerta--Ahhh... Could this be the solution to a problem that I've only recently admitted to?

Amazing.

[ftm]

Barbara said...

Good for you for speaking out on this topic David. All you people with ADHD/ADD, do yourself a favor - get some help.

David said...

do yourself AND your loved ones a favor....

Anonymous said...

I have suffered from depression all my life. Age nine was when it became very apparent because that's when I had my first suicidal thought. Just before opening your blog I cried for at least twenty minutes and wished I was dead. I take meds, they have kept me alive but my quality of life ebbs and flows. I am a Believer in Christ but find little comfort in that most days. I try my best to pretend to be happy because depression tends to alienate even the best of friends. if I didn't have a child, I'm pretty sure I would off myself.

David said...

believer in christ - I am praying for you right now!

Anonymous said...

interesting

God bless
Maria in the UK
www.inhishands.co.uk

Carol said...

My daughter suffered depression for many years all through her teenage years an into her early twenties;and is still taking medications..So David I understand how you feel..My prayers are with you..

Spookie the Warrior said...

So you went to the doctor and said: "I am feeling that dark side agin doc, I think I need to start my meds again." ??
I dunno.

I am very blessed to not suffer from any depression. And I think this discussion of yours is a good thing. Many people don't quite know where to start with ADD / ADHD and are pretty much terrified by the whole thing. I say the more we know the better. "Knowledge is Power" as the saying goes...

I trust and pray your depression will not be something you will battle with to long this time round.

Prayers for you and yours too David.

Praying for your Prodigal said...

Part of the dilemma of depression is the uncertainty of its onset, it's roots, it's cure. Adds to the hopelessness that already exists in the darkness of a depressed brain.

While I have not done official research on SAD, it is clear in my own life that there are times that are triggers. Those long, hazy, winters are tough on my mood. And living in Minnesota--the isolation caused by the cold winters certainly don't help. It is a good thing though to track your episodes.....and work on those triggers. Reviewing what works, historically, is a huge coping mechanism for those who suffer with any type of depression. Finding support and taking it is another! Whether in the form of medication or loved ones....often both.....is essential.

My own son has benefited greatly from a combination of medications; and while the frustration of finding just the right combination was long, the joy of being on the right combinations is weightier!

Great discussion. It's important to vent....to discuss....to find hope.

Diane

seawitch said...

When I feel the depression coming, I go to my doc and say, "It's time for my happy pills!!"

I've learned all the signs that alert me. So far, 5 months without any indication the gray wall is approaching!

Claire said...

I have manic depression and have had it in one form or another most of my life, first depression diagnosis was at 9yrs. I bounce between being ecstatically happy and bouncing off walls (almost literally) and being so depressed just waking up is painful. I self-harm and am finally getting proper psychiatric help after over 6 years of begging my GP for more than just anti-depressants. Unfortunately I've fallen victim to the NHS and it took me practically cutting in front of my GP to finally convince him I needed the help. Even then it took 7 weeks to get my first appointment (an emergency appointment aswell!) and I have to wait a further 3 weeks to get more help as I have to see a consultant psychiatrist before they start planning my treatments.

Snaggle Tooth said...

SAD related comment...
I noticed years ago that I get depressed without actual sunlight in my day. I make a point to try to wake up (I work nights) n get outside to absorb sunlight into my skin. It makes a big difference in my mood!
In the summer I try to get at least 15 minutes a day on the back of the legs/knees, as studies have shown it's most effective there-

I don't use any Doc's magic beans, tho- the light seems to work- when it's not cloudy all the time, that is! When i get desparate I use a plant light.

ADD related-
My 18 yr-old-nephew has it n been on meds about 5 years now- the difference is night n day- he's doing so well with life on the meds- n off-is just too jacked up n nervous- He could use that book, (maybe for Xmas)

Good luck with all the work going on there (projects, personal, friends, family, n research)
Good thing I pray for you alot!

David said...

i am so thankful for the support I recieve and the input given here. one o fthe things about depression is it isolates you. the tyhing about ADD is im made me think I was "not fitting" in the world.
AND yes sunlight is so important, news report yesterday
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/11/061102092052.htm

women who live in sunny lattitudes (edit: and have sunny attitudes) have a lower risk of ovarian cancer.

Killired said...

i wondered about a week ago if i have sad... because i was very sad that it was dreary out. i hate that summer is over... i hate being couped up.