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Topic: Depression and anxiety

5 posts, 0 answered
  1. Franc I
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    5 posts
    10 May 2020

    I’ve been depressed and anxious for most of my life, but right now it’s really bad. In addition I had chronic pain for the last 13 years. The strange thing is that there’s nothing wrong; in fact, our circumstances have improved recently. This doesn’t seem to matter to my depression, though.

    Over that past 35 years I have tried almost everything. Often the new drug, diet or exercise seems to work, but it never lasts. The only thing that really helps me is my current medication: my pain lessens and I feel great and confident. However, when it wears off around 3PM, the crash is so horrible, that I dare not take it anymore.

    I don’t think I have actually asked a question above, but I just wanted to share this.


  2. jess334
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    10 May 2020 in reply to Franc I
    Hi Frac I,

    Thanks for sharing.

    Sometimes we dont need others to give us answers, we just need to feel like we aren't alone in this.

    I hope you start on an upwards swing soon.

    Kind thoughts, Jess.
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  3. Sophie_M
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    10 May 2020 in reply to Franc I
    Hi Franc I,

    We are so glad that you have reached out here to our friendly community today to share your journey. We're really sorry to hear that your depression and anxiety is feeling particularly bad right now, and it sounds like you must be feeling quite frustrated by the effects of your current medication. But please know that you've come to a non-judgemental space to talk these thoughts and feelings through, and our wonderful community is here to support you.

    If you feel up to it, we'd also recommend reaching out our Support Service, and one of our counsellors will be able to talk through some of these concerns about your current medication, and help you in finding some more support options. Feel free to call us at anytime on 1300 22 4636 or get in touch with us on Webchat 3pm-12am AEST here: www.beyondblue.org.au/getsupport

    Feel free to keep updating the community here on your thread throughout your journey.

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  4. Franc I
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    5 posts
    4 July 2020

    Not much has changed since my last post, but I do have a question for everyone reading this.

    It has been said many times: exercise can be as good as taking anti depressants.
    unfortunately that doesn’t work for me. In fact, when I walk 500m to the shops and back, my mood can crash for 3-4 hours. It’s not that I find the walk hard; I don’t pant or anything, I just have a sudden and long drop in mood.

    Even my GP raised his eyebrows at this. Has anyone heard of this and are there any solutions? If I can get over this, I would exercise three hours per day if that would keep the black dog away.

    Thank you.

  5. Mez79
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    36 posts
    4 July 2020 in reply to Franc I
    Hi Franc
    Thanks for sharing your journey. I read the part about walking and wanted to let you know you're not the only one.
    I used to be able to walk for 6-10km without a problem. So happy to have headphones in and tune out.
    I've tried to go back to walking since because of the current climate I'm reluctant to use the gym (& can't instruct my zumba class). I don't even make it to my first 1km and I find myself crying.
    Only thing I can think of is there another form of exercise you enjoy better? Maybe cycling or even hitting a tennis ball against a wall?
    If you're reluctant like me to go to the gym maybe you can search online due to the current climate so many gym classes have now gone virtual.
    Or if you do like to walk are you able to walk with someone?
    Hope this helps.
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