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Single Mothers and Depression Part 6: Keeping Busy, Keeping Happy

I am happiest when I am busy. I think that I may actually have Adult ADD. Why? Because I have so many things going through my mind at once. All of the time. It never seems to stop.

And, if I don’t write everything that comes to mind down, I lose it. I may never remember it.

What does this have to do with depression? Well, I think that this may have left me feeling very overwhelmed recently. This overwhelming feeling may have contributed, at least in a small way, to my depression. I just kept forgetting things, and wasn’t finishing things.

I am taking steps to help myself with this problem, in the form of to-do lists and schedules. Goals and plans. These things should help me greatly.

Yes, I am happiest when my mind has something to do. I just want to start finishing the projects that I have begun before starting new ones. It is a struggle, but I plan to master this skill.

At any rate, I am still feeling pretty chipper. I am enjoying myself more as well, hanging out with my sisters and my best friend more, and talking with my daughter more. Good things are happening, and I am not letting people get me down.

I am in control of my feelings.

Shannon

P.S. What struggles and successes are you having with your depression? Please let us know in the comment section. Thank you.

Other Articles of Interest:

Single Mothers and Depression

Single Mothers and Depression Part 2: Two Weeks After Beginning Medication

Single Mothers and Depression Part 3: Happiness and Creativity

Single Mothers and Depression Part 4: Feeling Chipper Today

Single Mothers and Depression Part 5: Some People will Still Bring You Down

Single Mothers and Depression Part 7: The Six Week Checkup


Single Mothers and Depression Part 5: Some People will Still Bring You Down

I’m not sure if they are trying to or not, but there are people out there who will bring you down again and again. Even when they know that you are on medication because you have been too depressed to handle things on your own.

I keep asking myself. why are they doing this? Do they really not get that I am working very hard to not be depressed? That every day can be a struggle?

Who knows?

I have been working very hard at not letting people and situations get me down. It is not always easy, but I am able to do this more and more. Am I getting better? I hope so.

When people are consistently bringing me down, I find myself trying not to talk with them about the stressful stuff. But I don’t ignore them completely. I send them little notes and make small talk with them.

I am trying to nicely let people know that I can’t handle their stresses right now. I am there to support them, but only if they are ready to do something about their situation.

Simply put: I can’t help them if they won’t help themselves.

Shannon

PS: How are you handling your depression? Any tips? Please tell us in the comments section. Thank you.

Other Articles of Interest:

Single Mothers and Depression

Single Mothers and Depression Part 2: Two Weeks After Beginning Medication

Single Mothers and Depression Part 3: Happiness and Creativity

Single Mothers and Depression Part 4: Feeling Chipper Today

Single Mothers and Depression Part 6: Keeping Busy, Keeping Happy

Single Mothers and Depression Part 7: The Six Week Checkup


Single Mothers and Depression Part 4: Feeling Chipper Today

It has been 3 1/2 weeks since I started the course of medication for my depression, and I am doing well with it. I have been downright chipper the last couple of days. Monday I had been feeling better, but Tuesday was a real turning point for me.

I have been feeling all happy and have been getting a lot accomplished around here. It is amazing how much energy that I have to do things. I am a lot more motivated now.

Shannon

P.S. How is your depression progressing. Please let us know in the comments section. Thank you.

Other Articles of Interest:

Single Mothers and Depression

Single Mothers and Depression Part 2: Two Weeks After Beginning Medication

Single Mothers and Depression Part 3: Happiness and Creativity 

Single Mothers and Depression Part 5: Some People will Still Bring You Down

Single Mothers and Depression Part 6: Keeping Busy, Keeping Happy

Single Mothers and Depression Part 7: The Six Week Checkup


Single Mothers and Depression Part 3: Happiness and Creativity

I am feeling better today, even happy. I haven’t felt this good in a long time, and I am enjoying it. I am always more creative when I am happy.

Today I entered a contest online. I could win a chance to blog about my weight loss journey, which I am sure will help me along the way.

I have also filled out applications for a few other writing jobs. I am excited over this. I love to write, and I hope to begin earning more money from this venture.

This evening, my best friend and I are going to be hanging out. We will be going out to eat, and then maybe we will do some needed shopping. We will likely have a b**chfest because of some things that have been happening, but I am handling issues better this day. We will talk about everything a bit, then put it behind us and have some fun.

My best friend is being very supportive. She knows that I need to get out and have some fun.

I hope that you all have a best friend whom you can talk to.

Shannon

Other Articles of Interest:

Single Mothers and Depression

Single Mothers and Depression Part 2: Two Weeks After Beginning Medication

Single Mothers and Depression Part 4: Feeling Chipper Today

Single Mothers and Depression Part 5: Some People will Still Bring You Down

Single Mothers and Depression Part 6: Keeping Busy, Keeping Happy

Single Mothers and Depression Part 7: The Six Week Checkup


Single Mothers and Depression Part 2: Two Weeks After Beginning Medication

On December 30th, 2008, I blogged about my diagnosis of depression. It has been two weeks since I began taking the medication that I was prescribed, and they do seem to be kicking in. Though it takes about four weeks to feel the full effect, I am feeling a bit better.

During the second week, things seemed to be looking up a bit. I did have a real rough time yesterday and the day before, though. Here is a small bit of what I wrote about it on my family MySpace blog:

Do you ever feel as though you are sinking into an abyss and you just can’t seem to swim back up to the surface? What is that called?
Before going on this depression medication, I was feeling like I was ready cry at the drop of a hat every day, all day. It was horrible. I felt this weight on my shoulders, this impending sense of doom every second. This doom I had been feeling since about July.
Last week, likely due to the meds. I was starting to feel okay. I didn’t feel like crying all the time, and the sense of doom was gone. I was okay, but not great. Just…better. But it felt good. Last week was the best week that I had had in months. I had hope.

As you can tell, I was having a real tough time for a couple of days. The reason why I felt so bad after beginning to feel better was that I lost my job. Well, I am still providing childcare during school vacations, and should be doing so part-full time by April, but I still have to worry about January-March. I had been told a week ago that I had a full time child until April, only to find out otherwise a couple of days ago.

Now, you would think that I would still be miserable, but I am not – exactly. I feel badly about the situation, but I was not the one to blame for it. I have enough money to pay this, and most of next, months bills. And I know that I will be earning a little more to go toward next months. So I am not completely destitute yet.

Two weeks ago, this would have crushed me and I wouldn’t have been able to pull myself up from it. Today I am okay. Not great, but okay.

So the medications is beginning to work.

I am on the right track, looking for more work. Doing what I am supposed to be doing. And not dwelling, too much.

I am doing a bit better.

Shannon

P.S. Please feel free to share your depression experiences.

Other Articles of Interest:

Single Mothers and Depression

Single Mothers and Depression Part 3: Happiness and Creativity

Single Mothers and Depression Part 4: Feeling Chipper Today 

Single Mothers and Depression Part 5: Some People will Still Bring You Down

Single Mothers and Depression Part 6: Keeping Busy, Keeping Happy

Single Mothers and Depression Part 7: The Six Week Checkup

 

 

 


Mental and Emotional Health: Goal Number One

As per my first goal for 2009.

I have not been doing well for some time, and recently began a course of medication for depression. I am under a doctors care, and am really working toward getting myself into a better place both emotionally and mentally. I know that this is an issue for me, and that is why I made my first goal of the new year one that deals with this aspect of my life.

How many more of you are having problems? I wonder at whether this is predominant or not. Are their a significant number of other single mothers out there with the same issues?

Today, I would like to offer up some links that may be of help, just in case there are others out there who are having problems as I am.

Single Mothers at Greater Risk for Depression

Depression.com

National Institute of Mental Health

WebMD

 

Shannon

P.S. Do you have any resources that you would like to share? If so, please post them in the comments section. Thank you.

Other Articles of Interest:

New Years Day

Goals for the New Year

Weight Loss and Nutrition: Goal Number Two

Writing (or any number of other activities that could lead to possible income): Goal Number Three

Simplify and Declutter: Goal Number Four

Greening: Goal Number Five

Gardening: Goal Number Six

Spiritual: Goal Number Seven

Rethinking the Holidays: Goal Number Eight

Helping Others: Goal Number Nine


Single Mothers and Depression

I have been having it pretty rough since summer but, especially over the last month or two, I have noticed a change in me. One that I am not happy with. It seems to me that I am in a full blown depression.

Now, I have always had bouts of depression. I can usually pick myself up and deal with them. However, this time I just can’t seem to do it. I just can’t seem to dig myself out of that hole. And, it is interfering with my every day life. This is not good.

I had a doctor appointment yesterday and spoke with Nicole about my concerns. I decided that I would go the medication route, at least for a while. She gave me a prescription for an anti depressant, and wants me to see her again in six weeks.

That led me to wonder: How many other single mothers are having issues with depression? When it gets so bad that you can’t lift yourself up anymore, what do you do? Are there natural remedies that work? If you have any answers to these questions, or tips in general, or even your own stories, please post them in the comments section below.

Maybe you don’t even know that you are severely depressed. I have certain symptoms that I cannot shake for the life of me:

  • Severe stress
  • Wanting to cry, always
  • Feeling blue in general
  • Testiness
  • Easily annoy-able/agitated
  • No patience

If you have these symptoms on a regular basis, you may want to talk to your doctor about your options. Our children deserve parents who are basically happy and who are not constantly biting their heads off (sort-a-speak).

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Shannon

Other Articles of Interest:

Single Mothers and Depression Part 2: Two Weeks After Beginning Medication

Single Mothers and Depression Part 3: Happiness and Creativity

Single Mothers and Depression Part 4: Feeling Chipper Today

Single Mothers and Depression Part 5: Some People will Still Bring You Down

Single Mothers and Depression Part 6: Keeping Busy, Keeping Happy

Single Mothers and Depression Part 7: The Six Week Checkup