Archive | February 2013

Told to “Deal” With It?

As anyone with a chronic health issue can tell you, there are days:

  1. of severe depression
  2. functional depression
  3. can tolerate people/situations – “forced” happiness
  4. really good days where you can’t wait to be out and about – you enjoy every second

depression-1Then you find out that your medication can cause depression. Swell. Or you find out your medication is used to treat depression (so why doesn’t it work for me???). Yes, some epilepsy medications are the same meds used to treat depression. Did you know that these same medications can cause weight gain? That’s just what a person who’s fought with their weight most of their life wants to hear. For me it’s a frustration.

Then when one has a chronic health issue, people tell you (while you’re depressed) that you can’t let this run your life. Snap out of it already. Anyone with chronic depression can tell you this isn’t what gets you out of depression.

On the bright side – I do have more days of symptoms three and four. These are the days when I can do more – with working on my business, around the house, etc. I even enjoy talking with people! When you have your own business that last thing is very important.

Also, if/when you switch to generic versions of your medications, you need to be diligent. Why? Because even though companies are required to exactly match the main ingredient in many cases that’s the only thing that matches. For every medication there are “fillers” even with the brands. Now some of the fillers can cause adverse side effects, but the only side effects listed are the ones the main ingredient causes. Well, isn’t that special? I know that for me it’s ever so much “fun” tracking down where the pharmacies get their generics. I suppose it gives me something to do.

I will not tell YOU how your particular issue should affect you, that you should “deal with it.” Each of us has to work thru our own situations in our own – positive – ways. What I will tell you – I hope for the best and that things work out for you.

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