Sought mental health help.
Thursday, July 12, 2018
I have been retired for almost 1 year. During this year I had to face that I had severe depression. I was not suicidal but could not motivate myself to get out of bed nor be interested in much of anything.
I countinued to go to Overeaters Anonymous and was working the first 3 steps and trying to believe in a power greater than myself. What a struggle! But I had a glimmer of hope when I realized that the best thing to do was to seek professional assessment of my depression, inertia and irritability.
I live in a very small town since retiring, but decided to drive to the Sacramento area since there are far more actual psychiatrists available there. I am so glad that I pursued help. The psychiatrist is a good fit for me. He established that I did suffer from moderately severe depression and adjusted my antidepressant and added one anti-anxiety med.
I can take much better care of my health when I am not depressed! I can work my OA program better, and am feeling like I do have a higher power that is not the master punisher. I am getting out of bed before 8 most morning.
And now am getting back into using SparkPeople. I just don’t want to ever give up. I am committed to not gaining weight and to getting healthier habits.
I just adopted a 10 year old dachshund and he is active. We have gone for two 3+ mile walks and I want to continue to do so. I have one complaint. Mosquitoes. More specifically mosquito bites. Scratch, scratch, scratch! Does that count as exercise?