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    Depression. Anyone here suffer from it?

    It sucks. And right now I'm having one of my moments. UGH!

    Just wondering how many of you out there take happy pills like me.
    Not as lean, not as mean, but I'm still a hardcore, ass-kicking, hard charging Marine! Oohrah!

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    I have avoided it by learning to maintain a posiitive attitude. My faith in God has helped me to do that.

    My greatest tests happen when I see what is happening to my nation, and when I see it eating up more and more money, in the name of redistribution of wealth. That's a tough one to swallow, but I have hope for the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Chesapeake View Post
    It sucks. And right now I'm having one of my moments. UGH!

    Just wondering how many of you out there take happy pills like me.
    Chin up, chest out and start thinking about all the good things in your life.

    As bad as things can seem there is always someone who has it worse...

    And you have friends here whenever you need them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Senior Tech View Post
    Chin up, chest out and start thinking about all the good things in your life.

    As bad as things can seem there is always someone who has it worse...

    And you have friends here whenever you need them
    Amen to that!!!!!
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    I spent about 3 years in depressionville back in the 80s, I mean serious want to die stuff. Have done real well since.
    I tried lots of things without much success.

    These are the things that helped me once I really took them to heart:

    1. Belief in a power greater than myself, I could not, and did not have to, do it all alone.

    2. Became honest with myself about my own failures and faults and choose to accept them as part of the whole package.

    3. A reduced opinion of my own significance and importance, took it all less seriously and learned to laugh at myself.

    4. Accepted that I have it better than at least 80% of the people in the world, but life is still going to have it's rough spots, that's OK.

    I realize as I try to write this that I'm not very good at expressing it, but it got my life back on track, and has worked for me for over 20 years.
    Anything I say here is only my opinion. Even if you understood what I said.... What I said may not even be what I meant.

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    Been down the big D road myself... not a fun experience.

    The post above with points is a good place to start... I would add (my personal opinion) to find something to believe in. In my case, it is my Christian faith.

    Each of us has to have HOPE... without hope tomorrow looks bleak and as such negative thoughts cloud life. In my case, my HOPE is in Christ, something that is bigger than my problems. On the other hand... this requires faith, which is not provable by common principles... and as such may not be for everyone.

    'Hope' this helps...
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    My sister's manic depressive. up and down. Real severe.

    For years, she'd be manic, driven, hard working, energetic, excited about life. Would get a job, be the best employee, a people magnet.

    Two months later, couldn't get out of bed, couldn't go to work, could barely function.

    She's been on several medications, took a long time to get the right balance. It's better now. The biggest problem is that all the down times in her life always left her two steps behind where she was before so she's kind of given up trying to succeed because she knows she'll just do something to screw it up in a few months. Hard to stay positive when that's the most likely outcome.

    So...she just moved out of my parent's basement, gave up custody of her pre-teen son to my parents who have been his only stable home, and moved in with her very bad news boyfriend. I think she's just given up.

    I can tell you what did her in. I've seen the same thing happen to a guy who works for me. When she was depressed, the medicine brought her up and she would get to manic. When she's manic, she thinks she's cured. Life is soooooooo good she must be all better so she stops taking her medicine and crashes. If she would just take a pill every day, no matter how she felt, I think she'd be much more stable.

    So...see someone who can help you figure this out. It's a real disease, not just something in your head. Treat it like you would any other disease. And do what the doctor tells you to do. Every day.
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    I was diagnosed as a clinical depressive in my early twenties. I have been on many variations of medical treatments for the condition and have had some bad moments in life due to the illness.

    While there is great advice being given by others, and I do adhere to all of it to help with my condition, no one but another who suffers from acute depression can really appreciate the horrors of it.

    Along with what are fairly normal depressions, I have also developed anhedonia. This drives my wife and others close to me nuts when they think I am not pleased with things.

    Keep on the meds and do any of what others have suggested to bring you back to reality. When I find I am losing the battle with depression, I also try doing mundane mind activities just to get through those times. Crossword puzzles and computer solitaire are two of the things that help me.

    My continuing developing relationship with God is without a doubt the best thing for other then the medications. Good luck to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckHVAC View Post
    I spent about 3 years in depressionville back in the 80s, I mean serious want to die stuff. Have done real well since.
    I tried lots of things without much success.

    These are the things that helped me once I really took them to heart:

    1. Belief in a power greater than myself, I could not, and did not have to, do it all alone.

    2. Became honest with myself about my own failures and faults and choose to accept them as part of the whole package.

    3. A reduced opinion of my own significance and importance, took it all less seriously and learned to laugh at myself.

    4. Accepted that I have it better than at least 80% of the people in the world, but life is still going to have it's rough spots, that's OK.

    I realize as I try to write this that I'm not very good at expressing it, but it got my life back on track, and has worked for me for over 20 years.

    That is a great list.

    I might say that we have it better than well over 90% of the people in the world. In large part, those who have a good life the world over today, have that good life because of the sacrifices of Americans.

    Something to think about as we celebrate what may be the last beacon of freedom on earth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maintenanceguy View Post
    My sister's manic depressive. up and down. Real severe.

    For years, she'd be manic, driven, hard working, energetic, excited about life. Would get a job, be the best employee, a people magnet.

    Two months later, couldn't get out of bed, couldn't go to work, could barely function.

    She's been on several medications, took a long time to get the right balance. It's better now. The biggest problem is that all the down times in her life always left her two steps behind where she was before so she's kind of given up trying to succeed because she knows she'll just do something to screw it up in a few months. Hard to stay positive when that's the most likely outcome.

    So...she just moved out of my parent's basement, gave up custody of her pre-teen son to my parents who have been his only stable home, and moved in with her very bad news boyfriend. I think she's just given up.

    I can tell you what did her in. I've seen the same thing happen to a guy who works for me. When she was depressed, the medicine brought her up and she would get to manic. When she's manic, she thinks she's cured. Life is soooooooo good she must be all better so she stops taking her medicine and crashes. If she would just take a pill every day, no matter how she felt, I think she'd be much more stable.

    So...see someone who can help you figure this out. It's a real disease, not just something in your head. Treat it like you would any other disease. And do what the doctor tells you to do. Every day.
    This is closer to what my son is. Along with being manic/depressive, he is also severe bi-polar. He is just getting used to the drugs, but they have not yet got the right combo for him.

    What is really a mess is when the combination of drugs that have been working for years stop doing the job of develope adverse side affects. Still, it is these drugs that keep people like your sister, my son, myself and possibly Mr. Chesapeake from having to be institutionalized. These drugs are why sanitoriums and assylums have diminished so much in our society.
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    IMO posts # 7 and 8 are informative and worth reading again!

    Depression, as well as manic behavior, is a result of "non-balanced" life expectations. The drugs will keep one on a (boring but necessary) stable flat-line; until the emotional draws to 'ups' or 'downs' becomes a distant memory... the balance becomes reality.

    In my case, my faith in God causes me to feel a peace that keeps me from the highs and lows. As the years go by, I become more and more used to the 'new' life (balanced)... the 'old life' (highs and lows) is less appealing...

    There is one thing that does tend to bring back the old memories... Each year when I do the P'Tree road race (local 10K run), I tend to want to become competitive and push myself too hard... When I do and break my previous time record, I get that 'high'... Then I need to work back towards balance. BORING is the best word to describe it... but I do have HOPE that my life is better than it used to be... regardless of whether it feels like it or not.
    BTW: I did the P'tree today (always run on the 4th), and did break my best time by about 5 minutes. I am a little shy of 60, and generally walk mostly and jog a little downhill. Weather was GREAT this year!

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    YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!! I am among everyone else here on this thread that has suffered from it. Ive had my bad times, especially when bad things happen, because for me it always happens in threes and seems like there is no end in sight. But when that is over there is usually something good that comes from it and keeps me goin for a while. Ive been doin good for a while now so we will see. Ive never had to be on medication, i try my hardest to not get there, but at times it is hard. There are plenty of good guys on here to talk to, so DONT FEEL ALONE!
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    One other thing...

    For those that do not like chemical drugs from drug companies, AND have mild to moderate symptoms; there is a natural way to handle symptoms of depression:

    The herb is called "St John's Wort". I have used the product from 'Natures Way' natural supplements, one can get this at most health food stores. It is not meant to replace serious drug therapy, but for minor issues it will tend to encourage that balance (help flatten out the highs and lows) which will help life to work again.
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