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Depressed - ems30 - 10-21-2009 01:16 AM
I've been injured for almost 2 months, and I'm having a bit of a hard time. My injury, a 13 mm herniation of my l4-l5, keeps me from doing a lot of things. I still try to do them, and it makes me feel worse. My husband is not the most supportive individual. He tries, goodness knows, but he just doesn't understand why I can't just push through the pain and continue to do my normal routine. I've been having anxiety attacks, and I've been really down, especially since I'm getting worse, more pain and numbness. I haven't been able to exercise since my injury, and I've been eating more, so I've put on weight. I know some of you out there have dealt with some of these issues, so I was just wondering what suggestions you guys might have. Thank you.
RE: Depressed - capricorn - 10-21-2009 08:36 AM
Hi ems...I am so sorry we meet like this You have hit the nail on the head and basically what we all go through after a WC injury that has been denied and we get no help with. Has yours been denied or accepted. Are you getting treatment and what kind if so. What state are you in?
That's how my depression set in. Months of not working, hurting more and more and not getting any help. I felt as if my life was over. HAd to re learn how to do so many things. I went into counseling, accepted that I was limited and did learn how to live again. I will tell you it is very difficult, has alot to do with your age, injury and whether or not you are getting help. I couldn't return to work and that was known when I was injured. I was scared. Stick around here, plenty of others will be along to help. If you don't mind answering those few questions it would be a big help for us to help you.
RE: Depressed - Cookiecrum - 10-21-2009 08:37 AM
You need to contact your treating doctor and explain that you are depressed since your injury and tell him you want a referral to a psychatrist.
It is difficult when you don't have support and are in pain and no one around you understands.
Do something now before you get more depressed.
RE: Depressed - freebird - 10-21-2009 08:57 AM
First, You have to start believing in yourself. I had anxiety attacks until I finally decided within myself that I must help myself. I tried all the medications for depression and anxiety; none helped me. Finally one day a light bulb went off in my head that I am must stop feeling sorry for myself and do the best I can with my injury. One Doctor told me, Do what you can and what you can't don not dwell on it.
Be positive. Your Husband being non supportive is a hard one to answer. My wife is my backbone and without her in the beginning, I would have been 3x worse.
What is your Husband not doing that he could do better? Make sure you are not expecting him to have a "oh me oh my pity paty look at me party" because this does not help you.
Be strong; Be positive and believe in yourself. I do not know if you are expected to make a full recovery or what. I pray financially you are okay as this is a major issue causing problems at home.
You must believe in yourself. This is not a choice.
Now to the weight gain. I was heavy when I was injured. Within a year I ballooned up 30 lbs by feeling sorry for myself etc. I finally woke up and realized the only person eating the crap food was me. I have lost 20 lbs of the 30 I gained. Honestly this is something thats easily controllable. Stop over eating and/or eating really bad food. Weight only jumps on one "generally" from eating to many calories.
I have a severeback Injury and chronic pain but I try and walk everyday. Yes it hurts but this I do have to push through. I tell myself I want to grow old with my wife, my children and grand babies.
Believe in yourself. Be positive and be smart very smart. Do not circle yourself with negative thoughts or friends; this is poision. Your worse enemy can be your thoughts so stay positive.
RE: Depressed - freebird - 10-21-2009 09:05 AM
Cookiecrum Wrote:You need to contact your treating doctor and explain that you are depressed since your injury and tell him you want a referral to a psychatrist.
I cringe when someone immediately wants to send one to a pychiatrist or pychologist.
I tried this and I think to this day this set me back. The pychiatrist will pump one full of meds which makes one tired, screws the sex life totally etc. It scares me.
I have nothing for a pychiatrist or pychologist. Thats my opinion from my experience. The meds had me so screwed up that I was like a darn zombie for over a year.
RE: Depressed - Cookiecrum - 10-21-2009 09:41 AM
To each their own on how they deal with depression. Some need help and some don't. I happened to be one of those that needed help and have been on medicine now for almost a year and I am not a zombie. I take the medicine before I go to bed.
RE: Depressed - 1171 - 10-21-2009 10:04 AM
depression is not something that you can cure on your own with positive thinking.
there is often a physical and organic basis for it. it's one of the mechanisms the body uses to try and heal itself.
prolonged exposure to serious pain alters the body's chemistry.
you need professional help before it turns chronic.
get a referal to a specialist.
RE: Depressed - freebird - 10-21-2009 10:53 AM
1171 Wrote:I also disagree with bird.
You can disagree till Jesus comes and thats your right. I went to a pychologist first then two different pychiatrists.
I was 40 years of age at the time, stressed to the max.
The pychologist tried to hypnotize me on my 4th visit! That was a joke.
The pychiatrist prescribed several different drugs(not all at once).
It was zoloft, paxil, wellubutrin, effexor xr,Lexapro,Geodon, Buspar to name a few that I tried. None of these drugs did anything for me except major side effects.
I also seen some "real" messed up people in the waiting room that also let me know mentally I was not near as bad as I thought. Some where so spaced out they did not know if they were on planet earth. I kept thinking about the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Different strokes for different folks. I feel for most that these medications make one a zombie, There is no medication that will make you feel good about yourself 24/7 from my experience.
Most have to break the mind games themselves. For me a pychiatrist was a waste of time and took a toll on me physically.
There was no sex life on these meds for me. Some of these meds are great for a young man who needs help "restraining". LOL
My mouth was as dry as toast juice all the time. I sweated like a boar hog 24/7. I was a zombie trying to work in stressful enviroment. I went through severe withdrawals getting off these meds especially
I found that once I accepted what have been dealt me for life, I can do all things thru Christ that strengthens me. It did not happen overnight. A strong support group is a must here.
When a IW or anyone puts themself in a closet and closes everyone else out of there life, eventually the only hope for a successful end is a mental breakthrough of reality which can only come from within ones self. This is my opinion.
My family, My faith and my Church was a catalyst for me. I kicked it and I do not take any meds for depression or anxiety. I am able to put my trust in Jesus and it works for me every time.
RE: Depressed - 1171 - 10-21-2009 11:23 AM
sorry. I should not have specifically disagreed with your post.
i edited it.
I think we misunderstand each other.
i believe any medical therapy is a process of trial and error and and did not mean to imply that professional treatment will be effective in every case.
i do believe that most who become depressed do not get the professional help they need. they are relunctant ask for help.
I believe more will be helped by encouraging them to seek professional help rather then continuing to think they can treat it on their own.
I think you did the correct thing in seeking outside help and they should as well.
RE: Depressed - capricorn - 10-21-2009 01:03 PM
I believe medication and /or counseling is the best way to go. In my case since I am med sensitive it has been trial and error finding the right medication for me. Yes it helps. Do I ever feel down? absolutely ! So it isn't the cure all. I have gotten the most benefit from my counselor. Learning to accept the pain, changes, limitations has been a positive for me.
My faith in Jesus is what has given me the enlightenment to help myself in whatever way works for me.
Freebird...I am sorry your psychiatrist was not good for you . I have found when it comes to dealing with depression a pyschiatrist stinks. They like to prescribe immediately and think that's the cure all. For me it isn't.