Depression (again!)

Could running be making it worse?

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23/09/2003 at 09:16
boing
23/09/2003 at 09:17
I'm getting depressed..
23/09/2003 at 11:04
Oh yes, I remember this thread! Well boinged, that Hippo.

Just to update, and for Staggering On on another thread, I recently had a couple of months more-or-less off running with injury. This co-incided with a pretty serious depressive phase and a short spell on some (lovely) tranquilisers. Since then, I'm back running and more positive. Can't be sure that it's not just co-incidence, especially as there were external factors involved, but I'm much more convinced that running is A Good Thing.

Hope that helps.
23/09/2003 at 11:17
Only occasional personal acquaintance with depression, but tremendous admiration for all who still put their trainers on and run through it.

My difficulties have been different, but I have had to learn one thing which definitely helps: take huge pride just in getting out there. It really is difficult to do, even if there are those who take it for granted.

As the good song says, it's hard to dance with the devil on your back.

Hats off. Respect. Heaps and heaps and heaps of respect.
24/09/2003 at 12:07
Hi everyone. I've just been reading your thread because I posted one earlier this week about stitches so I was trawling the pages a bit. The reason why I've decided to write is because I'm a Psychologist who is a specialist in Stress and I hope I might be able to say something helpful.

I could say an awful lot in relation to the action of anti-depressants on the brain and about how the body needs serotonin levels to be stable in order to function well. That would make me sound really boring though and what I'm conscious of is not wanting to sound well informed about what you're feeling when I don't know you. Running is clearly a great outlet for pent up emotions/frustration etc for all of us and as such I think it sounds like you'd rather be with it in your life than without it. The more serious we get about the goals we set for it though, the more our personality plays a part in influencing how we feel e.g. the perfectionist may get more frustrated at a bad run than a laid back kind of person.

I think you've correctly recognised that the other issues in your life are the more pressing need - if there is anything you can do about any of them then the anti-depressants and the running will work better for you. I wish you all the luck and if I can answer a more specific question then I'll try. Otherwise I think regular trips to your Doc to check your dosage/ any side effects and maybe a chat with someone e.g. Counsellor if you think it would help would be great.

Hope the situation improves,
Sue

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