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Problem with depression

edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Matters of the Heart
Hello everyone. I have been dealing with a work related injury for the last 27 months and most of that time I have not been able to work. I have a history of panic anxiety disorder/depression and at times agorophobia. In the past I have always been a positive thinker. My glass is always half full. However, in recent months with the pain dragging on and no meds to help keep it at bay, I have found myself getting increasingly depressed. I take meds to help control the panic attacks and depression. Much of the time I dont leave my apartment. I just dont feel the need or the want. I have very few close friends and the closest one I have runs a paper route daily. She is always asking me to go along but I have learned that my just "riding along" is not what she has in mind. She either asks me to roll her papers for her or asks me to drive while she rolls them herself. Both of these things are very painful for me to do and she does not understand or fully comprehend that. So I gracefully decline her invitations. About the only place I go is grocery shopping and that doesnt take long when shopping for one person. I have tried various hobbies that I have enjoyed in the past but just cant seem to get into them or they do not hold my interest. Does anyone have any suggestions?????


  • I understand what you are feeling...I've been there, it won't get better...may get worse (mine did). Please call your PCP or a community health center for a Doctor. I had never dealt with depression, until I had unresolved chronic pain that went on for months....don't suffer, get some help for the depression, it is a vicious cycle...good luck
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  • I think everyone of us on here can relate to how you feel. We deal with pain that we didn't cause and that makes us angry and then we're put on medication that we really don't want to take and that makes us depressed. I have hobbies too that I still can't do YET. I say yet because I'm determined that this state of mind will not last and that I can and will get better. The BEST thing I've found for my deepest moments was to pick one person who I knew would have a positive attitude to call and talk to about anything except my pain. Just a positive conversation can really lift you out of a slump and doesn't require any physical activity at all except being able to hold a phone. Keep positive thoughts. You will find others on here who will relate to your condition and who will give you some great advice. Welcome to the forum!
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