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Shit_Bag Shit_Bag rating
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"How to deal with manic depression?"
 
I have had issues with depression my whole life, but given some recent changes in work, they have been getting worse.....some days on top of the world, other days I feel like eating a bullet. Also having arthritis, a slipped disc in my back and severe sleep apnea isn't helping. Any tips or ideas?

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1. "Serious business, Dude."
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Having dealt with this for a lifetime, surely you've gone the route of getting some medical support, right?

The advances in basic happy pills/anti-depressants/mood stabilizers, etc. are huge if you've not been assessed for any of those and aren't aware of the options.

Get in and get a good eval and the sooner the better because it can take a few weeks before the dosage gets you to the levels where you feel some real uptick in your happy face feelings.

Don't mess around with this, ok? Getting some talk therapy in addition to the medical support is probably a damn good 2-pronged approach. There's zero reason to let yourself get cheated out of hope for a positive outlook and you're not gonna get there without help. Go for it, man!

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2. "RE: How to deal with manic depression?"
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   ? Sleep apnea is usually associated with obesity, and depression can also be part of obesity. To understand what's going on with you, a basic evaluation would need your age, weight, and height to start. If you're comfotable responding here is OK, but inbox is probably better to convey more detailed info.

*T2*

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3. "RE: How to deal with manic depression?"
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LAST EDITED ON 28-Mar-12 AT 10:15 PM (PST)
 
You might start by changing your handle from Shit_Bag to something a bit more uplifting. You might consider a handle like 'Mr_Wonderful'.

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6. "RE: How to deal with manic depression?"
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Oh ya that is a good laugh!!
Thanks
Shit-Bag

"Slurp"

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7. "RE: How to deal with manic depression?"
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   I agree with what gadget said. Take it incrementally, nothing too much at once.

sequence of handles

Shit_Bag

Mr. Shit_Bag

Dirt Bag

Feed Bag

Air Bag

Air Balloon

Balloon View

Wonderful View

Mr Wonderful


/Makes one feel better already

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4. "RE: How to deal with manic depression?"
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Seek professional assistance.

There are wonderful individuals who have devoted their lives to helping people going through what you are going through. If anything, they can help you decide what works best for you - whether it be one-on-one or a group setting. It will be at your pace and your comfort.

Whatever you do, don't do this alone. It's not worth doing this the hard way, when there is an easy way filled with people with open arms and hearts.

Cheers

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5. "RE: How to deal with manic depression?"
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Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it.....regarding my handle....I've been here since before they had registered handles....it's a joke between me and my oldest friend... I'm actually quite the opposite.....

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8. "RE: How to deal with manic depression?"
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   When I'm going through a rather intense period with work (and I've been in the same field for quite a long time), sometimes I wonder how one distinguishes work burnout from bouts of depression?

Anyway SB, check you're in-box.

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9. "depression"
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There are various types and this is a good source you might find worth a look:

http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-symptoms-and-types

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10. "RE: How to deal with manic depression?"
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One problem with the normal treatment for depression -- antidepressant drugs, such as SSRIs, is that they have some bad side effects. This includes reduction of libido and weight gain. On top of that, 50 to 70% of patients don't have significant improvements using antidepressants.

There is a non-drug therapy that is extremely effective. I am referring to ECT (electro-convulsive therapy) which I understand is about 90% effective and does not have any long term side effects. There is also a new therapy with maybe a 50% effectiveness called trans-cranial magnetic therapy, but it is so new insurance will not pay for it.

If you have had a lifetime of depression, bipolar or clinical, go get ECT and be cured from this awful disease. Fuck the stupid ineffective drugs and their terrible side-effects.

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11. "RE: How to deal with manic depression?"
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Get your sleep apnea treated first! Have a sleep study done to determine how bad it really is. Someone with sleep apnea never gets the deep restorative sleep they need, even if you're in bed for 8 or more hours a night.

A really good friend who was under a lot of stress at work, working insane hours and crazy overnight shifts had similar problems. In addition to having problems at home, he was on-call whenever he wasn't at work or online working from home and was also diagnosed as being manic depressive. He was prescribed two or three different sleep aids and they messed him up badly. He had a really awful breakdown, lost his job, almost lost his family and made some really poor financial decisions.

While he was being evaluated and eventually hospitalized, it was discovered that he had sleep apnea. He was given some kind of breathing machine to counter the episodes where he would quit breathing. Relieved of his crazy work schedule, pressures at home and finally able to get some real sleep, he eventually turned everything around, got a new job and is working on repairing his relationship with his wife and kid.

I believe that lack of sleep was the primary cause of all his problems, getting his sleep apnea under control probably saved his life.

Who knows if your situation is similar? I'm definitely not a doctor, but my advice is to take care of the sleep apnea first and then see where you're at.

Good luck to you!

If it weren't for the last minute, a lot of things wouldn't get done...

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12. "RE: How to deal with manic depression?"
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   You should read about st. Johns wort and vitamin b. they are said to be great natural remedies for depression.

You're doing the right thing by asking rb. You should seek out as much support as possible including from your family or friends.

Although bad things happen, try to be optimistic and appreciative for the good things in your life. I have a friend of my family that has 5 kids, recently divorced, a brain tumor and 2 breast cancer surgeries.

Generally I would say find joy from the most simplest things in life. Like the saying goes, take time to smell the roses. Also, some times changing your perception and trying to change negatives to positives help.

Best wishes,
Amiya (

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