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Sought mental health help.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

I have been retired for almost 1 year. During this year I had to face that I had severe depression. I was not suicidal but could not motivate myself to get out of bed nor be interested in much of anything. I countinued to go to Overeaters Anonymous and was working the first 3 steps and trying to believe in a power greater than myself. What a struggle! But I had a glimmer of hope when I realized that the best thing to do was to seek professional assessment of my depression, inertia and irritability. I live in a very small town since retiring, but decided to drive to the Sacramento area since there are far more actual psychiatrists available there. I am so glad that I pursued help. The psychiatrist is a good fit for me. He established that I did suffer from moderately severe depression and adjusted my antidepressant and added one anti-anxiety med. I can take much better care of my health when I am not depressed! I can work my OA program better, and am feeling like I do have a higher power that is not the master punisher. I am getting out of bed before 8 most morning. And now am getting back into using SparkPeople. I just don’t want to ever give up. I am committed to not gaining weight and to getting healthier habits. I just adopted a 10 year old dachshund and he is active. We have gone for two 3+ mile walks and I want to continue to do so. I have one complaint. Mosquitoes. More specifically mosquito bites. Scratch, scratch, scratch! Does that count as exercise?
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    Great news! Keep up the good work! You can do it!
    221 days ago
    I'm glad you HP brought you too seek help. Your new 'baby' is so cute- thanks for sharing the picture. YOU are not alone OA and Spark are here for you! Have a wonderful day!
    223 days ago
  • no profile photo GOLDY65
    I deal with very mild depression but exercise luckily takes it away. Good for you seeking help. Depression can be debilitating as I saw in a close family member who finally was given the drug that worked for her. I
    Love doxies. They are smart with funny personalities. emoticon

    223 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    Good for you! Recognizing the problem and taking action is wonderful and so happy to hear that it is making a positive difference for you.

    Love your rescue dog! One thing about a dog? You will get out and walk and there are no excuses.

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    224 days ago
    Lol. I don't think scratching counts. Maybe you need a bug.suit like LeanJean.
    224 days ago
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