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Since the past week, I find myself depressed, . . . .

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  1. Nov 26, 2006 #1

    siddharth

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    Since the past week, I find myself depressed, and I can't think of any reason why. :frown: To be more specific, there's this nagging feeling of futility.

    So, what do you do in situations like this? I know this question is vague, but I feel slightly better sharing this. (First signs of insanity? I hope not!)
     
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    Do something that makes you happy and puts you in a good mood...go for a walk, visit a friend, paint a picture, watch a favorite movie, scream at the top of your lungs...whatever it is to let out your bad feelings. If that doesn't work try making a list of the good and bad in your life. Then look at the bad and see what you can change and what you need help changing. Then talk to someone you trust and try to figure out how to fix the things you're not happy with. Always remember that no matter how down you're feeling, it happens to everyone, and there's always someone who cares about you, even if you don't feel it at this moment. Think of something or someone that makes you smile and being happy and being less depressed will come along soon.
     
  4. Nov 26, 2006 #3
    Sometimes, its just the change of the seasons, and sometimes its just our own way of stepping back for a little while. Which is not a bad thing.
    Being down for a week or even two is ok. When it happens to me, I find a charity group that could use a hand..and get busy helping others.
    If it lasts for more then several weeks, seek the help of a doctor.
     
  5. Nov 26, 2006 #4

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    Exercise -- keep yourself active. Whatever you do, don't let it control you. The more you dwell on it, the worse it will get.
     
  6. Nov 26, 2006 #5
    Proceed with extreme caution. Doctors are very quick with their prescription pads. Many doctors just think 'give them drugs', rather than discussing the problem to get to its route.

    It is possible that a change in diet will remedy your melancholy:

    http://www.vegsource.com/articles2/nedley.htm (video talk, and further info)

    Prescription drugs should be avoided. Big pharma, it has been reported, has two lobbyists for every single member of the US congress. Their products are mostly poison (am I allowed to say that, Evo? Am I allowed to express my opinion? It is so easy to get banned from this place).

    A few links for your consideration:

    http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/sep...icine_pushing_poisonous_drugs_says_doctor.htm

    http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/sepp/2005/06/16/should_pharmaceutical_markets_decline.htm
     
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    had to type something here to meet the requirments
     
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  8. Nov 26, 2006 #7
    I'd agree with hypatia on this one. Being 'down' is just part of life. Hopefully being 'up' occurs more often, and is more important, than being depressed, but you just need to recenter yourself and focus on what you do best. Look on the bright side of things, because life could certainly be worse...
     
  9. Nov 26, 2006 #8

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    There are physiological as well as psychological reasons for depression.

    Factors which can help mitigate depression include:

    Diet - make sure well balanced and perhaps consider vitamin supplements, particularly B-complex.

    Sleep - make sure sleep is regular. Sleep deprivation or irregularity can contribute to depression.

    Exercise - regular exercise can improve one's mental/psychological dispostion.

    Aside from those - one's state of mind is a factor. If doubt becomes worry becomes anxiety, that can contribute to depression. If that appears to be the case, then one can attempt to identify the doubt and develop positive, constructive steps to deal with it.

    It is normal for people to feel down or doubtful for a number of reasons. The point is to not allow it to become overwhelming or incapacitating. Talking about it to peers/friends whom one trusts may be helpful.

    Refer to - http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/depression.cfm
     
  10. Nov 26, 2006 #9

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    I've mentioned this before regarding similar thread topics:

    Run. Get a good pair of running shoes and run regularly. Or something else that really exhausts the body.
     
  11. Nov 26, 2006 #10

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    This may or may not apply, but FYI if nothing else: I have always battled bouts of depression, but some years ago I went into this terrible depression that was absolutely paralyzing. Literally, I barely had the energy to get out of bed or off the couch. It was unlike anything experience before. So I finally went to the doctor who then misdiagnosed my depression as a thyroid problem. When this was finally ruled out, he decided that it was psychological. So then I went to counseling for six months. The psychologist decided that my problem was my family and childhood, so he put me on Prozac, which did seem to help, but eventually the depression returned.

    After some time the pattern became clear [of course I had to figure this out, not the doctors]: It was my allergies!!! Now, when I feel that horrible darkness coming over me, I know that it's time to start taking my Benadryl. It is my allergy early warning system. Usually the depression sets in about a week or two before the normal symptoms even begin to come on. I could hardly believe that it was really that simple, but it was.

    A few years after this, it started coming out in the media that allergies can cause depression. NOW THEY TELL ME!!!
     
  12. Nov 26, 2006 #11

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    How bizarre. How do they know depression isn't causing allergies?

    I wish I knew something to say to make you feel better, sid. I can tell you this: I like seeing you online and reading your posts. I think you are a very nice and smart person. You are helpful and kind and you have patiently helped a lot of people with frustrating problems here. And you brightened the day for many of us when you brought us those crosswords. :smile: So, I am not really sure what you mean when you talk about a feeling of futility, but by definition futility means "uselessness", and that's something that I would never associate with you. While you're pursuing those larger ambitions, don't forget about the small ways in which you impact people's lives. You make a difference, and you are appreciated. It's been said, "God sends great angels in times of sore dismay; but the little ones go in and out all day."
     
  13. Nov 26, 2006 #12
    Have you been working too hard?

    :rofl: I already know I'm insane, it's not so bad, really. :wink:
     
  14. Nov 26, 2006 #13

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: In my case, the 580,000 acres of grass fields are the first clue. Not to mention that Benadryl would have to be a much more effective anti-depressant than Prozac. But in my case there is no doubt. It is as predicatable as the seasons [actually, as predicatable as the grass seed harvest time], and the Benadryl works within a day, every time.

    However,
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11506004/
     
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  15. Nov 26, 2006 #14

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    I thought you were kidding. In my case it all is very obvious, but it seems that your point is entirely valid.
     
  16. Nov 26, 2006 #15

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    I was only thinking about it because it appears that only correlational studies have been done on this, something I've been studying this quarter in my loathesome research methods class. Correlational studies tend to suffer from directionality and 3rd variable problems. Could allergies trigger depression, or could depression trigger allergies? Or could some third variable, like time of year, be triggering both? I've been told that we are prohibited from drawing any causal conclusions from correlational studies because they are considered non-experimental methods.
     
  17. Nov 26, 2006 #16

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    Benadryl has never worked for me. I have MAJOR allergies and it is like taking water. :grumpy:
     
  18. Nov 26, 2006 #17

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    Benadryl does little, besides causing me to be so drowsy that I can fall asleep unexpectedly. This is not a good thing.
     
  19. Nov 26, 2006 #18

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    Benadryl has always made me drowsy and a little loopy. I have switched to Allegra, which is wonderful! It lasts longer than Benadryl and doesn't have any side effects (at least for me). If Benadryl slows you down, you might see an allergist and ask about it.
     
  20. Nov 26, 2006 #19

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    All very true. It could simply be all associated with season. Though, if taking Benedryl fixes it, then at least in Ivan's case, that's all that matters. It sounds even more plausible in his case, if Benedryl is the treatment of choice, since Benedryl would otherwise seem to exacerbate depression symptoms of fatigue/lethargy since it induces drowsiness all by itself.
     
  21. Nov 26, 2006 #20
    Odd thing about the two:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prozac

    The active ingredient in Benedryl is diphenhydramine hydrochloride. Prozac is derived from benedryl, so to speak.
     
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