How depression feels


My husband and I are in the recovery stages of bronchitis (which is why I was absent for a few days). Sometime during this bout of a widely recognized illness, I thought about how it could be related to Depression. I had to type the following notes on my phone, but I decided to share them with you:

“Many people compare depression to having the flu. You do not feel like getting out of bed. You feel lethargic. You definitely do not want to go to work. 

“But, there is no shot for depression. There are no antibiotics to help. There are no sick days for depression and you definitely cannot call in sick for four hundred days in a row.”

Now, let me go a few steps further. Imagine that almost no one knew the symptoms of the flu (or take away the obvious ones such as coughing and fever). Pretend very few people knew how to treat the flu. Suppose most people did not recognize you were ailing at all, but continually told you to “cheer up” and/or “keep your chin up” or some other nonsense that didn’t help you a bit. You have unexplained pains and fatigue. You probably have GI problems and most of all, you can’t think straight more than half the time. But, no one understands you or your problems which frustrates you to no end.

Throw in the fact you don’t “get over” depression in a week or two but usually carry it with you for several years and you have an idea, just an inkling of what depression is like.

Depression is not “just the blues.” It is not “short-term.” But, there is help out there. The depressed person just has to look a lot harder than someone with the flu.

 

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Two other blogs imported.


Hi, again. I imported two blogs from Blogger, aka Blogspot. One is called Depression and Anxiety Help while the other is titled ADHD, Anxiety and Depression. They are now included as part of Jewel Ammons and have archives back to January 2008.

Just look below the “Hello, everybody” post or check on any archive before October 2012 for the contents of both blogs. The blog called ADHD, Anxiety and Depression was supposed to replace Depression and Anxiety Help and there are a few posts that basically repeat the other blog. However, I added posts to Depression and Anxiety Help in September 2012 while ADHD, Anxiety and Depression ended in March 2011 after making my first attempt at moving it to WordPress. As you might guess, I didn’t succeed back in 2011.

I’m hoping to write a small book or e-book containing the main advice given in these blogs plus teeny tiny baby steps for people suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder, Depression and/or Anxiety. If you wish to see the original blogs, click on the following links:

http://depressionanxietyhelp.blogspot.com/

http://adhdanxietyanddepression.blogspot.com/

Thank you for reading this. Feel free to browse through my “new” additions and make comments if you wish.

 

Hello, everybody.


Welcome to Jewel Ammons’ new blog. I decided to put several subjects together so I can write about whatever I wish! In this multi-purpose blog, I plan to share the following:

  • links to my Writing Sites, including my Writing blog (I still think my Writing needs to be separate.)
  • my exercise, fitness plan and other efforts to lose weight
  • how exercise can help with Writing, Depression, Anxiety, and Attention Deficit Disorder
  • using journals and creative writing to help with mood disorders
  • links and information about Anxiety, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Depression
  • ideas about each subject
  • pieces from other websites and blogs with my thoughts on the subject
  • other links I use regularly

Bye for now,

Jewel Ammons Pinkston