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 Lindsey*

Lindsey* Report 26 Jan 2008 14:49

I would love to spend more time with my cousin but she is MONOpolar, dont quite know what that it, but half her life she has been under her duvet with depression.She doesnt manage her illness well. When she's well she refuses to join self-help groups or see her G.P. and is so extremely happy, she talks at ninety miles an hour, this is the Manic bit.She has a top flight job and does it well, but there are weeks/months when she cant lift her head off the pillow.
If she had a broken finger she would get sympathy, but people shie away from depression as if it's contageious.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 26 Jan 2008 14:50

Jules, OK I can understand that.. Have you looked on the internet to see if there is a site where depression is explained for your OH to read?

Ann
Glos

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 26 Jan 2008 14:52

Julie - you should not feel afraid of meeting any of us - where do you live? Too far from me in Cardiff? And what are you afraid of hearing from your GP? That you have depression? Just go along with an open mind, tell him exactly how you are feeling and you would like help to get you on the road to recovery. I'm on anti-depressants long term as I have said and it doesn't bother me one iota and it should not bother you either. So see if you can get an appointment on Monday if possible Ann XX

RStar

RStar Report 26 Jan 2008 14:52

Too true Farmer Giles. It gets the endorphins going, and makes you feel good. Im guilty of hardly leaving the house and therefore putting on weight :-( Id love to go jogging but have no one to go with.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 26 Jan 2008 14:52

I have heard of Bipolar but not Monopolar but the up one day and down the next is the same as one of my friends. Hence the old name for it manic depression.
It must be really horrible to suffer from that.
Ann
Glos

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 26 Jan 2008 14:53

Lindsey - that is exactly why those of us who are able to talk about it should -

KEITH H

KEITH H Report 26 Jan 2008 14:56

great thread
this will help peeps who dont understand about this and may be give them support

Julie

Julie Report 26 Jan 2008 14:57

Ann....Thats a good idea, he did once read alot of sheets on stress related headaches the Dr gave me a few months back n he is alot more understanding than my ex ever was (Ex got me onto the 'smoke' n I ended the relationship of 12 years after it turned violent)....I just need to make the most important step of talking about it to the proper people n start the long climb to the top again.

Dave.........I have just started to get to know the woman next door n we have been on a 3 mile walk a few times which makes me feel great....so you're right, it does help. :o)

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 26 Jan 2008 14:58

and where are you Romany Star? I'd rather do walking than jogging - bits of me keep moving long after I've stood still with jogging!!

You know this has turned out to be a really useful thread and I hope it runs and runs cos believe me, there's a lot more than us few with depression - let's hope others have the courage to join in

Carole

Carole Report 26 Jan 2008 14:59

Jules start by having a little walk at night when there aren't many people about. As the nights draw out soon you'll be walking in the light and not realise it so suddenly. Then build on it slowly. I know it's hard I have gone from sitting in the house with my curtains closed all day pretending to be out if anyone knocks, to going into town alone !! Horray for me xxx

Julie

Julie Report 26 Jan 2008 15:01

Ann....funnily enough I grew up in Newport, 2 of my daughters still live there with their dad)n have recently moved from Tewkesbury, not far from the other Ann but am now living in Chelmsford, Essex.....

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 26 Jan 2008 15:02

Well done Carole - I have to start doing some walking - not for depression but for exercise and I like it this time of the year cos you can see Spring developing in the trees and plants

RStar

RStar Report 26 Jan 2008 15:02

Coventry :-( I love walking too, and used to dance quite a lot. Im sure that not exercising actually ages you...I was super fit til around 5 years ago, now I dont exercise, and hardly even walk anywhere, I feel about 95.

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 26 Jan 2008 15:02

Well that's a shame Jules - don't think I could walk as far as Essex - but that's where emails come in handy and the telephone

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 26 Jan 2008 15:03

Coventry - much much too far away!

Carole

Carole Report 26 Jan 2008 15:04

Romany did you know we have a connection in our tree's. Hope we share some odd genes together lol x

Julie

Julie Report 26 Jan 2008 15:06

Carole...thats what I used to do....would ignore the door n phone....it's awful to think about it now.

I have enjoyed the walks we've done n as I explained to her I'd rather do it at night when it's dark....don't feel so visible then!!

Thank you for starting this thread...didn't think I could ever say as much as I have done....but in this short time it has made me focus on what I MUST do...thank you all xxx

Paul Norfolk Dumpling

Paul Norfolk Dumpling Report 26 Jan 2008 15:07

I've just finished taking Citaloplam!

Still suffering from mild depression, although I think i'm on the mend!

RStar

RStar Report 26 Jan 2008 15:07

Newport! My wonderful cousin Rosemary lives there, I only knew she existed very recently, an amazing lady. All my dads side live there too, the Roberts family. In about 10 yrs its my plan to move to South Wales.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 26 Jan 2008 15:07

Jules how about walking into town instead of taking the car? i used to walk from Gt Baddow to town. From where you live into town is probably not that far. Mind you, you wouldn't be able to buy much shopping as it is a fair distance to carry it back!!

Ann
Glos