Kidney transplant depression

By petronius Latest Reply 2011-08-07 21:49:58 -0500
Started 2011-07-31 09:38:32 -0500

This year I have suffered with depression like never before. For 3 months I did nothing. No interest in any thing. Didn't want to talk on the phone. Didn't want to see family or friends etc. Obviously I went to to my doc. She put me on an anti-depressant and exercise. I joined a health club. That combination helped me some what. I am doing better but not completely. This is a real challenge for me. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-08-01 15:27:08 -0500 Report

Hey petronius,

I am sorry to hear that you have been dealing with depression for so long.

The word "depression" is always an alarm for me. It is not uncommon for individuals who are facing health challenges to experience a range of emotions. Human beings don't do well with feeling out of control and helpless, and having to deal with all of the complications and decisions that go along with health issues can leave you feeling like you don't know what you are going to get hit with next, with uncertainty ahead. Depression is a common reaction to feeling helpless and scared.

I am glad that you reached out to your physican for help. So many people assume that there is nothing that can be done about the way that they are feeling, or that they shouldn't be "bothering" anyone with how they are feeling. So you are taking good care of yourself.

It sounds like you are on a path toward toward feeling better. I hope that you will stay in close contact with your doctor, let her know how the antidepressants are working, and any new symptoms that come your way.

Emotional support is important when you are going through something like this. Do you have friends and family to talk to, who can just listen to, without trying to tell you what you should do or how you should be feeling? That would help. You might also consider talking to a mental health professional to get some perspective and learn some new ways of coping.

Also, information is an antidote for helplessness. Knowing what you are dealing with, and how to best take care of yourself, can help because your brain is then working with the facts and not filling in the gaps with misinformation, which can leaving you feeling even more scared or out of control.

You have a lot of support from people here on Diabetic Connect. I hope that you will stay in touch with us.

Take care!


petronius 2011-08-07 11:53:43 -0500 Report

Thanks your info helps me slot. I can see I am slowly better. I do have alot of people sporting men. Keep your eyes on me as you have

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-08-07 21:47:28 -0500 Report

Hi! I will definitely keep my eyes on you. Let's make sure we stay in touch. Letme know if I can help, I am always around to give you some encouragement. Gary

realsis77 2011-07-31 17:51:19 -0500 Report

Hi I've suffered severe depression for 20 years. Sometimes it takes several different medicarions before you find the right one for you. I take prestique with the add on abilify medication. This combo has really helped but still I feel the depression cycle in sometimes. Have you tried councelling? Sometimes this can be a huge help! It also helped me greatly! The counceller will help you see things in a different way. I wish you the best. God bless

petronius 2011-08-01 20:42:50 -0500 Report

Thank you for your note. It made me look more at my real self. I have a good social network. Stay in touch. You were a big help thank you

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-08-01 15:27:42 -0500 Report

hey realsis, great to run into you. It has been awhile. How you doing?

realsis77 2011-08-02 11:56:51 -0500 Report

Hi! I've been good! Blood sugar has been a bit of a yo~yo lately. I wonder if the heat has anything to do with that?? Its soooo good to hear from you! I've missed you! Write me anytime! Have a great day! :)

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-08-07 10:12:45 -0500 Report

Hi! Sorry to hear about the ups and downs. This heat is really something, isn't it? I never want to wish away the summer but I have to say that I am getting tired of this hot hot weather. Really nice to be back in touch with you. Let's not let so much time go by! I hope you are having a good weekend! Gary

realsis77 2011-08-07 10:19:34 -0500 Report

Thank you doctor! I always enjoy writing to you! We must keep in touch! I'm finally settled from the move and things are becomming more normal now.:) I'm sorry I've been absent for awhile but this move and moving in took all my time! But now I'm back! :) its so good to hear from you again! :)

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-08-07 21:49:58 -0500 Report

And I always enjoy writing to you, too. I hope the move went as smoothly as possible. To be honest, moving is one of the things I most hate to do. I have never found a way to do it stress free. But it sounds like you got through it -- I am sure positive attitude made the difference. I hope your week gets off to a good start! Gary

grandmaducky 2011-07-31 11:52:09 -0500 Report

i wiil tell u part of my story i put my second husband in prison then married my third hubby married eight month later ( we will be married 17 yrs this year) will any way the day we got married he quit his job was off 3-4 months a year later all the stuff i had been through the last two and half years caught up with me i had medical problems they couldn't figure out so i just sat on the couch for six months i was on depression med they didn't help anyway long story short i just one day got up i figured it i wasn't going to die i might as well do something and i prayed alot and took it day by day and i am better now i just had to change my attuide for my body to cope hope this u something to think about my pray for u

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-08-07 10:14:42 -0500 Report

Hey grandmaducky,

Just wanted to tell you how inspiiring your post was to me. At some point, as yousaid so well, we just have to dust ourselves off, face life on life's terms, and get on with things. It is kind of like fake it 'til you make it! And it sonds like you are making it.

I hope your weekend is going well.


grandmaducky 2011-08-07 10:36:03 -0500 Report

Yes i am doing okay getting ready to go back to work i am off in the summer i will have to change and adjust my days no more sleeping late lol have a goodday

petronius 2011-08-01 20:49:23 -0500 Report

Thank you for your help. It is so helpful when others share their story. You know they understand and are giving others help. Thanks so much.


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