[ALUG] Bingo! How to solve my social isolation problem, Ipswich-style!
ianbell at ukfsn.org
Sat Jun 23 07:50:26 BST 2007
Ruth Bygrave wrote:
> Sorry about the vent here, but try to follow it along if you can!
I was diagnosed with depression 10 years ago and have 'lived with it'
ever since. I would suggest the follwoing.
1. Remember you are not alone; about one in 10 people suffer from
depression at some point in their lives. When I was first diagnosed I
was surprised how many of my work colleagues had had similar experiences.
2. See a doctor. I am not talking drugs here, but the NHS has some
very good counselors. Not only can you talk to them but htya will give
you useful tips on managing depression such as relaxation and
3. See a doctor, because the symptoms of depression are very similar
to those of other conditions. I tried just about every anti-depressant
tablet on the market but none seems to do the trick. Then I read an
article about the male menopause which described symptoms very similar
to those of depression. I persuaded my doctor to let me have a blood
test for testosterone and when this was found to be very low I was
referred to a endocrinologists. To cut a long story short he found I
had a shrunken pituitary gland which was screwing up my hormone
system. I now have regular testosterone injections and feel much more
like a normal human being.
Hope that helps.
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