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Depression et al...

Postby Fly1970 » Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:08 am

I have been suffering with Depression (bad enough to prevent me working) for 5 years before my ?Fibro symptoms started a year ago, but it is suspected (and I tend to agree) that I've probably suffered with Depression or related illnesses for most of my life.

I'm taking regular anti-depressants for the Depression (Paroxetine) and also for the ?Fibro (Amitriptyline).

I saw my Psychiatrist yesterday. Mentally, I have not been coping at all well with the onslaught of ?Fibro symptoms and the way they impede my everyday life. This is certainly not helped by not having any kind of support network (I have no family - except my son - or friends nearby who can be there for me - my best mate lives 60 miles away). Basically, it seems that the worse the ?Fibro symptoms get or the longer they persist and affect my day to day abilities, the more it exacerbates my (already rather fragile) mental health.

The Psychiatrist was quite understanding but decided not to change my meds. He thinks they are, currently, a "good combination". He has, though, to my surprise, stated that he will try to arrange for me to have a CPN for a while for support when I feel "in crisis".

Now... I've never had a CPN before so I really don't know what to expect. I'm really grateful for the support and just hope I can open up enough for whoever it might be to help me in the best ways possible (I'm a proud, stubborn tough-cookie type - my own worst enemy! :crazy: )

I wonder how things might pan out...
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Re: Depression et al...

Postby jodied1989 » Fri Oct 14, 2011 2:43 pm

Hello,

Sorry to hear about your depression. I don't understand 100% people have different things going on through their minds.

I only get down due to fibro but not for any other reasons in my life. If I'm ever down, I just try to think that I'm alive, I'm doing the best I can with the problem I have been destined to have, there's nothing I can do to change it.

In your case you have a lovely son who needs his mum! Just try and hold your head high and think things could be worse, there are people worse of than me, I have a wonderful son, keep taking your meds, try get out more, are there any local parent and child groups? You may meet a new bunch of friends.

I wish everyone could think positively even in bad situations. We only get one life.

xxxxxx :blowkiss:
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Re: Depression et al...

Postby Fly1970 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:23 pm

jodied1989 wrote:Hello,

Sorry to hear about your depression. I don't understand 100% people have different things going on through their minds.

I only get down due to fibro but not for any other reasons in my life. If I'm ever down, I just try to think that I'm alive, I'm doing the best I can with the problem I have been destined to have, there's nothing I can do to change it.

In your case you have a lovely son who needs his mum! Just try and hold your head high and think things could be worse, there are people worse of than me, I have a wonderful son, keep taking your meds, try get out more, are there any local parent and child groups? You may meet a new bunch of friends.

I wish everyone could think positively even in bad situations. We only get one life.

xxxxxx :blowkiss:


Hi Jodie and thanks for your reply :)

The mind and brain are complex partners and work in mysterious ways - that much I have learned over the years.

Depression (and other associated complicating symptoms) have been with me since a young child and are now woven into the fabric of me - I've long accepted that it is a part of me and I just have to operate in the best ways possible to try and avoid it's impact during difficult times.

My gorgeous son (who is now 17) has always been my "saving grace" and I will never give in because I must to be here for him. I am very appreciative that things could be worse and that there are many in the world who are worse off than me - but once the "black dog" bites my arse it's difficult to see outside the immediate.

I have dealt with and overcome many mammoth obstacles in the past and will continue to do so throughout the rest of my life - of course, I'd rather the obstacles weren't there to start with... but we play the hand we are dealt.

I'll do my very best to muddle on and continue.... hopefully, the CPN will be able to offer a little support if/when I may need it. :crazy:

{{{gentle hugs}}}
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Re: Depression et al...

Postby sjc » Sat Oct 15, 2011 3:49 pm

:welcome: Hi - hope you are ok. Sorry to hear you struggling with your conditions and it doesn't help when you feel isolated.......Have you ever tried a support group? Sometimes people feel that a support group is good for them as they meet new people and load off about their problems to other folks that have similiar problems to them......

I can understand how depression may affect you - sadly, depression is a illness that alot of fibro sufferers have......I have depression, and I know it is not a nice illness to suffer with.....It is also a condition that people do not understand.....Because it is an invisible disability, there are alot of people out there that do not want to accept that depression and fibro are real and debilitating.....this is unfortunate...

In regards to a CPN (Community Pysciatric Nurse), they are like a consultant pysciatrist but they visit you in the community instead of a hospital - so you may find that this is more helpful.....CPN will normally visit you at home and they can provide medication, information and they can refer you onto other agencies and specialists in the nhs and the community.......They will also look at drawing up a care plan, if needed. They can also sometimes help you with getting direct payments and support from social services, if needed......The CPN on your first may perform a risk assessment to see how your depression affects you in your life....I know that when I had a community nurse visit me some time ago, she asked me questions from the risk assessment sheet, like do you feel suicidal, have you ever wondered off, do you take drugs or have suicidal thoughts, etc.....The questions are abit stupid but sadly that is apart of having a CPN, sometimes.....If you get the right one, CPN can be very useful to have......Althought, they do not provide therauptic care like a pyschologist or occupational therapists.......Make sure you take full advantage of a CPN, as they can do alot of things for you.....

Take care and have a nice week ahead....All the best. xxxxx :grouphug:
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Re: Depression et al...

Postby cherryblossom » Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:47 pm

Hi Fly, and anyone else suffering depression at the moment. I can't say anything helpful to you as I have no experience of community help but I have and do suffer depression on a rollercoaster scale and some days feels down as far as suicidal and why am I here up to feeling on top of the world.
But I just wanted to say that for every one of us there is another person who loves us for what we are, be it a sibling, partner, child or whatever, we all have someone who loves us whether we like it or not. And tho I don't 'know' any of you, I love you all just for being here when I need you and for that we all need each other here. So, I love you all and I do know how it is to feel like you do some I'm not making assumptions here. If we can't think of any other reason as to why we're on this earth for we are at least here for each other. Sending loads love to all of you :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: Cherry x
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Re: Depression et al...

Postby fibro-lu » Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:11 pm

:blowkiss:
hi fly
don't really know what to say or add

waiting for an appointment with a psychiatist
on anti-d for many years, different types and dosis increasing
still, at the end of the day, I doesn't really help me
hoping the pdoc can sort something out for me

what i actually wanted to do was lifting you up
:roll:
but knowing that you are not alone
might help a bit

one thing is sure:
depression sucks :puke:


lots of :blowkiss: and :flowers: and :hugs:
lu
all the best :cow-wave: Lu
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Re: Depression et al...

Postby Fly1970 » Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:27 am

Big thanks to each of you for your replies, advice and support - it really is very much appreciated! :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug:
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