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I notice a lot of people start posts when they just start on medication, then disappear. I suffered a serious episode of depression seven years ago, and probably with the help of medication, time, and interpersonal psychotherapy with a therapist, recovered and functioned for a good six years before another serious episode. I'll label the episodes A and B. The symptoms of both depressions were text-book clinical: Lifestyle leading to A seven years ago: Lifestyle leading to B: I must admit that ALL through the above I had and still have dysthymia and fluctuating mood, but not debilitating in my case, not physical, but mental: I was started on a therapeutic dose of anti-depressant and mood-stabiliser for sleep.
The latter immediately gave me sleep I was missing for weeks and weeks. I recovered slowly but steadily. I returned to work in a month, in limited functionality. I got into a new sport - swimming - and found a therapist I really identified with. I remember two or three months later at times I felt top of the world. I had my wits back, and felt level enough to do anything. To be a purist, I slowly tapered-down the doses of both drugs.
Six months later I was on a maintenance dose of the anti-depressant and mood-stabiliser. I later tapered the anti-depressant to zero and only took the mood-stabiliser at a small dose for sleep as needed. I gained a touch of weight while taking the medications, but I quickly lost it all and returned to my previous weight. The psychotherapy exercised my brain and the therapist very skilfully guided me to get in touch with my emotions, to have a better feel of myself and the emotional world around me, and there were moments where I was overcome with emotion so much so I could not speak.
Living more of an emotional life i. In the West we spend most of our lives denying our emotions. The following year I went travelling for three months on my own armed with the mood-stabiliser, which seemed to help my depression when I felt a bit down, worked full time in my old challenging profession, worked in another city commuting home on weekends by plane , and then quit work and moved cities to return to school to complete a post-graduate engineering degree in a field of my dreams.
I was nearly 40 years of age, and I did all this with almost no help from anyone else. I had my wits, and a bucket-load of energy. Recent, and I re-started on the same doses of the same medications.
I tried two anti-depressants, prior, this episode, but I did not feel well on them. Two weeks later at the end of a very satisfying family lunch I suddenly just felt good. Exactly as advertised by anti-depressant literature, my spontaneous gut interest in things and zest for life and the unknown returned, life was just automatically easier, my sleep was corrected, and I was relatively happy.
It is extremely difficult to articulate the state. Maybe that's why descriptions of what anti-depressants actually can do are hard to find. Honestly, I was surprised. I think the medications improved my state of being. My side-effects to both medications have reduced to almost zero: Otherwise, I am unchanged. This after three weeks of being on the certain combination of medication.
I then re-tapered the up again yesterday and immediately feel better. I'll stay on this dose for a while before thinking about tapering. I'll post an update when I have something more to share. Best sentence for me: Not often covered in all the "try some talking therapy" advice.
Pretty envious of you 2 hrs from the Niagra Falls - what a great place to chill. I'm also a Toronto User, by a different username of course.. I'm not sure if you're still active on this site, but I wanted to comment that this is exactly what I was looking for I've often felt that I just didn't have what it takes to control my negative thoughts, in order to changing my life for the better, what is lacking in me that I cannot hold and maintain a positive outlook? I hope for hope..
I get a bit reluctant to use the word recovery as it seems to elude to a miracle cure to all of life's ailments. Despite this I'd like to share my story and invite others to do the same. I'll briefly explain my experience with mental illness. Things started to go wrong in my life at the age of 6. I've known despair, intense sadness, an anxiousness that kept me house bound and constantly on edge with fear and worry.
I've experienced every emotion in its extreme, I've used destructive coping mechanisms, said goodbye to friends, caused worry in the minds and hearts of loved ones.
Treatment has been hospital admissions to stop the clock and provide a sense of safety. My Psychiatrist and Psychologist have helped me with aspects of life that have contributed to my struggles, and the chance to open up and share my experiences without judgement. Medication has provide balance and strength to reduce suffering. Chatting with friends and family has helped me to learn what they can do to assist me, and increased their understanding. Joining the BB forums has given me an outlet to share and contribute.
Slowly I have added to this with healthy eating, sleeping, exercise and time, as none of this happens overnight. Life now looks different. I've reconnected with friends, learned that if I can't get out of bed one day that's ok. I am now planning for a future that months ago I didn't know I'd have. Getting involved in groups, helping others, Iearning from mistakes. I wake up smiling and know that I don't have to feel extatically happy every day but I'm starting to experience incredible joy in things that I never thought possible.
I push myself, I do things despite my mood. The most important realisation I've made is that I have to use the skills I've learnt every day. Mindfulness, meditate, distress tolerance, ACT, challenge my thoughts, and continue to talk about day to day challenges. There is hope, and it still gets me through every day.
Like you I'm keen to hear others stories. Just wanted to add to this how amazed I am to see that this thread has had over views. I'd be interested to hear what others have thought when reading the above posts about recovery. Unlike some people, my episodes of Depression come back when I'm under stress. However, any stress brings episodes back, the intensity varies. I will need to be on medication for the rest of my life, despite all my best efforts I don't seem to be able to get well and I am finding it difficult to hope at the moment.
I'd like to show that if they're spotted early enough, mental health problems can be managed and even prevented. Dealing with depression is an everyday struggle.
It's definitely true that some days are worse than others, but I've learned to manage it, to become aware of my symptoms, my triggers, and to remain in control. However, this has not always been the case. It's only of late that I have come to understand what's going on inside and the relationship between my body and mind. Awareness is the key to prevention and that is why I'd like to share with you my story of battling depression.
I don't want anyone else to feel the way I have done, to feel trapped and isolated by mental health problems and to not be able to see a light at the end of the tunnel. You might have seen my name before, at the bottom of emails from the Foundation's Events Team. You may have even spoken to me on the phone or maybe we've exchanged emails. Looking back, I can see that I have battled with depression for a long time, but it was not until university that it took an uncontrollable hold of my life.
Everybody has bad days but depression can make every day a bad day. I would spend days on end in bed, unwilling, or even unable to move, for depression can be so debilitating that it becomes physically disabling. I would hardly eat or drink, refuse to socialise, want to escape but not be able to as there was nowhere for me to go, knowing that I would always have to return to my room at the end of the day. The first big step for me was accepting, or as is often more difficult, realising that I was mentally unwell.
It took me a long time to do this. The days I spent lying in my bedroom on my year abroad, telling myself I was 'just bored', was me refusing to accept the reality that was my mental ill health. Likewise, in my final year, when my depression reached its peak, I would progressively miss more and more lectures and seminars, leave social outings early or skip them altogether, spend more and more time alone in self-imposed isolation, and tell myself that it was just because I'm introverted, or that I was 'tired'.
And I was tired, but not for lack of sleep; this was actually a symptom of my depression. I had, however, been seeing my GP on and off for a number of years about my mental health. Yet, in late April , it all became too much. After somehow finishing my dissertation, I knew I couldn't go on and started to consider temporary withdrawal. It was a step I was so reluctant to take, as at the time, it symbolised failure, it was me letting my depression defeat me by rendering me completely unable to carry on with 'normal' life.
However, I was wrong. Taking this step was nothing of which to be ashamed. It's a sign of strength to know when to bow out. Accepting that I needed help and that I was unable to continue my studies at that point was an unbelievably difficult decision, but taking a break to focus on my mental health, to recover, has been so much better for me in the long run.
I self-referred for cognitive behavioural therapy CBT soon after leaving university.
Snapshot of Patient Success Stories with TMS Therapy for Depression
Stories of Success. 1. Show: 10; 5; 10; 20 By seeking help, Whitney was diagnosed with depression and started her path to recovery. Patient Stories. " James. But depression was still there in various forms, reappearing regularly for the next couple of decades. There were wonderfully happy and successful times as well. Harry talks about severe depression, how he overcame it, and why the Sitting at my desk as I try to start this story, I'm struggling to decide where to begin and it symbolised failure, it was me letting my depression defeat me by rendering me .