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It's been a long time

by Karin Donnelly on 9 January 2009

Sorry, have not been on here for ages!!  I keep thinking that I will pop on and put some thoughts down and then something else happens and I forget.

Well I seem to finally had a breakthrough with my doctor.  It has taken about a year in order to get her to realise that I don't just have minor depression and no going to the gym won't help to 'lift my mood'  all it did was make me tired and sleep even more than usual.  Since I was last on here I have been on 2 different types of anti depressants but the one that I am on now des seem to be helping slightly more than any other that I have had which is always good.

After 7 sessions of counselling I have been referred for Psychotherapy now and have my initial assessment next week so I am hoping that it all goes well there. 

I have decided that I will attempt to keep a sort of mood journal where I can make a note of how tired I am, how much I sleep, my mood, anything significant that happens in the day etc in the hope that this may help with my psychotherapy sessions.  Well it can't do any harm can it!!

Anyhow, should probably try and get some sleep now it's getting quite late.  I will try and make the effort to post more often on here. 

xx

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Caspar said on 12 January 2009

Great to hear from you again Karin.  And it's fantastic to hear you're getting support from your doctor!  I hope things keep improving for you.  Let us know how the journal idea goes, it would be great to find out if it's helpful.

 
Bets said on 28 January 2009

Hi Karin.  This is my first time on here because I didn't even know it existed. Glad to see that you're going for psychotherapy.  I've suffered from various degrees of depression for 25 years (am a very young 54 tomorrow) and wasn't a great believer in "talking about private things to strangers" but I have to say it was great.  I did 15 weeks and after the first few sessions I started to relax and "trust" my new friend.  She was great, she listened , she talked, she let me talk, cry, swear and eventually I got everything out.  I still suffer with depression but the one awful thing  that happened to me as a child has no more meaning in my life.  I haven't got over it, these sessions don't do that, but they help you put things where they belong.  In little boxes at the back of your brain.  Good luck Karin and stick with it, use the sessions to put things in perspective and you'll be fine.  Bets x

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