Mental illness and running

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24/09/2013 at 18:06

I'll certainly see how it goes - but I am thinking I may need to go private to be able to get anywhere.  I'll make my point at the next session and see how it goes.

24/09/2013 at 18:10

I was diagnosed with PTSD middle of last year. I refuse to let it beat me and started running. It has helped both my fitness and more importantly my PTSD. It will never be a cure (as I doubt there is one), but it is another tool to help manage the symptoms.

25/09/2013 at 20:15

I've had some phsycotherapy and struggled, as I was never sure what I wanted to get out of it. Have you discussed a specific goal with the therapist? and also dont be afraid to tell the therapist how you feel if it aint working. I know from experience it's easier said than done, but try and decide exactly what you want and work towards that. Good luck with it and hope you get something out of it.

25/09/2013 at 22:46

That was my problem really - there was no discussion of a goal and she just didn't seem to want to hear about the things that are causing me problems so I left feeling that she didn't have any understanding of the situation at all.  I'll certainly make that point next time and see where it goes from there.  I've just been reading up on psychotherapy and what I'm reading seems to be what I would expect it to be - but this wasn't. 

21/10/2013 at 16:31

How are things going everyone? 

21/10/2013 at 17:21

I am OK, had a bit of a stressy time but feeling better now.

21/10/2013 at 17:28

I'm setting sharks on the stressy time! I'm glad you're feeling better, hope it continues

21/10/2013 at 18:19

Bit of a rubbish weekend which required me to take time out hiding away rather than the weekend away that I'd got planned.  Things weren't going too well today but, and it may not sound like much, I then found a pair of glasses that I'd not been able to find for the last week and a half.  This has given me a slight boost to the extend that I might make it out with a running group tonight. 

Got a session of psychotherapy after work tomorrow.  Only my third one so I can't say it's offered any benefit yet but I'm hopeful that it still might.

21/10/2013 at 22:27

Good luck LR

The big news from me is that I've met solb.  And she is lovely

Edited: 21/10/2013 at 22:55
22/10/2013 at 01:10

Quite right.  That was a first meeting then.  I've met her twice this year - and probably a third time come Mundanie Christmas.

22/10/2013 at 09:46

Did you make it out LR? I think its great that you had the self awareness and bravery to cancel and recuperate 

I thought psychotherapy was doing nothing at all for me then suddenly had a break through a year in. For other people it gradually gets better and they can chart progress. I think I struggle to trust people enough to drop my guard to such a degree that it takes a while for therapy to stop bouncing off the coping mechanisms on the surface. Right now its more than enough for you to turn up and  try to be open and honest - each session doesn't have to achieve anything on its own

Aww soupy it was great to meet you; I loved the moment of realisation when you said your forum name - I'm sorry we didn't get more time to talk (and dance!) I was conscious that i needed to look after R so she wasn't too overwhelmed by all the people with two names and big grins! What a night though  

22/10/2013 at 19:39

I made it out but only lasted 10 minutes before giving up.  Frustrating as it means that even the beginners / improvers group is beyond me at the moment.  Certainly not even going to try tonight.  It has been a very stressful few days though.  Trouble is the outlook is for more stressful days with family events on the horizon.

Latest session tonight - and not really anything to take from it.  Not that I don't feel it's not going anywhere, just that it's another session of trying to get information across - in the hope that this might eventually be going somewhere eventually or I might at least get something that I can take away to try to work with.  At this point, I find myself wondering - just why we are actually doing this what comes next.  The only concern is that there are only 11 sessions and it feels likes they could quickly get used up at this rate.

24/10/2013 at 18:52

LR - Hope your latest session wast ok, I used to feel I never got my point across and sometimes I get to a 'brick wall' but that's what the therapist is there for and sometimes you're not always aware of what you're learning, if that makes sense.

Good Luck


24/10/2013 at 23:06

Thanks for the encouragement SB.  It didn't seem very helpful this week.  I find myself just wondering if all of this is every going anywhere.  I'll certainly persevere though.

09/11/2013 at 18:01

Sorry to hear things haven't improved for you LR, its been a few months since I posted on here because things have been pretty bad for me also. I've just been cleared to start running again following snapping my achilles in July, that brought me very low. I've now been referred to a psychiatrist who was relieved to know that I can exercise again as he agrees that exercise is a very useful complement to the meds - he's increased those as well. Now, like you, I just need to get out the door. As a wise man said, "this too shall pass" - I'm not convinced, its been 8 months off work now and I can't see myself back in the classroom any time soon. However, the psych is very persuasive and almost has me convinced that everyone "gets better". We'll see...


11/11/2013 at 19:29

Thanks, Grimfoot.  Really hope you can get out there again.  I ended up off sick from work for the first time (as a cause of the depression) for three days following my last session of 'psychotherapy'.  I was told at that session 'you can't change your emotions'.  Long story, but this was a result of me identifying how the issues that I felt there was a way of working postively with.  Didn't think it was going to get to me but it did.  Still up in the air as to where things go from here - but I do feel that the talking at the sessions has at least given me something to try to work on - even if I'm not getting any support of backing from there with it. 

Running has been very stop start lately - but did complete a 7 mile race - with a bit of help.  Am leading a run at the running club tomorrow night - which I find makes running easier.  Better get on and decide on a route.

11/11/2013 at 22:09

Glad you're getting out there, I did the first session of the couch to 5k yesterday with my two daughters (10 and 6). That was fine, then I had contact from work today and my carefully constructed shell has cracked - many of the anxiety symptoms have returned, although, to be fair, they aren't as bad as once they were.

Plan a nice hilly route - that'll learn 'em!!

11/11/2013 at 22:13

I did a hill session last time out and got fairly good feedback for it - but this time it's in a totally flat area so it's not an option this time.

Keep battling on - work can so often be the cause of problems.  I think I had my return to work interview today - at least I was asked 'Are you OK' and I said yes.  That's usually the extent of it - maybe just as well that way.


12/11/2013 at 20:27

Hello everyone! It's been a while so thought I'd say hello. Tried to go back and catch up, but theres so many pages, so, how is everyone doing!? Good to see some new faces aound!

12/11/2013 at 21:14

Waiting to speak to occupational health, back to my GP later this week because my "fit" note expires next week, meds being changed - its all go! I'm on the max dose of mitrazipine and heading for the max dose of sertraline (for my anxiety). Meanwhile my head is all over the place with the meds until I get used to them/they get worked in. Did another mile and a half today with my youngest, I'm OK going out if there's someone with me but I get a touch panicky if I'm on my own with people around that I don't know - and even sometimes with people I do know when thigns suddenly seem to get very loud and oppressive. The psychiatrist tells me that I will recover, I've got another appointment with him next week - he'll be glad I can run again even for a short distance, its enough to get a sweat on. Re-reading this post it seems a tad confused in places but I'm going to leave it as it is where I am at the moment - quite down, guilty, a bit irritable and mind going off in all sorts of directions. Time for my evening meds...

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