Sunday, 31 July 2011

Tried Everything

Here are some of the things I have tried to help with depression
1) Medication: This was a big thing in the beginning, taking Seroquel, Celexa, Welburtin, Effexor and one other one that I can't remember, all of them at the same time and very high doses at one point.  Dr's are great, but in my case would just up the dose and add a new med without taking me off any.  It was a big mess and would recommend a specialist who knows the medication inside and out.
2) Counselling: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT) The idea with this is changing the faulty (not necessarily wrong) thought process and creating new healthy ones.
3) B12 supplements and shots: B12 has been linked with chronic depression and when I had my b12 tested I was critically low.  This was something I had to ask for from my Dr, again they are not always up to date on current research.
4) Tanning and SAD Lamp: Yes I am very aware of the risks of tanning and one of the side effects of one of the meds was sensitive skin to sun, but a low time in a tanning bed in the dead of winter did help slightly. My depression is always worse in the winter.
5) Somatic Therapy:  This a holistic look at the body as a whole, and the connection with your body and mind.  It may sound crazy and I was a little (okay very) skeptic but felt I had no options left.  It manipulates the body and lets the body tell the clinician what needs to be manipulated in the body (organs, muscles, fluids) This was done about a year and a half ago and really helped me on the road to recovering.  I will write more broadly about each of these in time and share my story and journey with each of them.
6) Getting a puppy: Way better than deciding to have a baby, Ringo gave me a reason to get out of the house, exercise, and to get out of my own way by having to care and look after the little guy.
7) Got rid of as many stressors as possible
8) Research:  Found out as much about depression as I could on my own so I could be my own advocate.
9) Moved to a brighter house: Again with the light so important for me.

All of these things had to be asked for.  If I've learned one thing from depression is you need to ask for help, and in some cases beg.  I have literally called specialist and begged them to get me in.  No one can help you if you don't ask, help doesn't magically fall into your lap and cures don't come without effort.  Every day means researching and learning about depression, opening up and talking to others who have been in similar situations, and being willing to make the changes in your own life.  Very similar to losing weight, really there is no magic pill that will make you skinny, it means helping yourself, and working hard.

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