Mental illness and running

I wanted a place where we could get advice and support.

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05/02/2014 at 01:21

The best person to talk to you re: meds is your doctor.  Also talk to a counsellor about what's causing your anxiety etc., I was prescribed Cipralex.  I also have a very mild sedative for really bad times.

05/02/2014 at 07:13

Sorry - not very clear. After any ideas on meditation as a method for controlling anxiety / depression.

15/07/2014 at 20:02
Hey Hillheader,
Are you feeling better now?
Hello everyone else
15/07/2014 at 20:26

Sorry Hillheader, misread your post.....I thought you said medication as opposed to meditation.

I would still talk to your Doctor and/or a counsellor and see how they can help with the anxiety/panic attacks.  I was getting panic attacks on a daily basis middle of the night, any time in fact -  it was out of control.

After 3 months of counselling with a variety of 'professionals' I have managed to get back on an even keel. 

To help me sleep I take MELATONIN, which is a natural sleep remedy.  I specifically asked my doctor to prescribe something naturally occuring.  This is really good stuff.

Hope this helps.


15/07/2014 at 21:54

Hi. Solb.

Good to hear you've been making progress, JC.

Been a pretty tough time but with a few more promising signs recently.  Change of medication to sertraline and to a GP who seems to be more knowledgeable about anti-depressants which is more reassuring.  I had got a point where I wasn't getting out running at all but have done a couple of Parkruns recently - even posted a PB a few weeks ago when I wasn't feeling well then went back to bed for the rest of the day.  Have still not been feeling up to getting out with running clubs but have managed short runs on my own for the last two nights.  Finished CBT sessions recently which has been of some help.  

15/07/2014 at 22:04

Hey Lincoln Runner, its funny because although I have improved in many ways, I seem to have developed social phobia and hate WORK social gatherings.

Ah well, at some point this area of life will improve, and something else will fall by the wayside.

15/07/2014 at 23:59
Hi Junglechook
Flippin fab that you've managed to find an even keel. Social phobia at work sounds tough. What do you think the difference is. I always found the opposite, hiding behind a work persona was easier than being me
I've just started parkrun too LR. Done two so far, our local one is hilly and a bit tough. First volunteering the weekend after next (I'm a bit scared)
16/07/2014 at 18:45

Volunteering for Parkrun will be fine.  I did it several times when I wasn't feeling well enough to run it.  If you're marshalling then you're really just there to cheer and encourage everyone along. 

16/07/2014 at 18:52

Hey Solb,

I don't know, maybe its because the team is so dysfunctional etc etc., just lost interest in socialising with colleagues.

Never heard of the Parkrun thing some of you have been doing, I should look into it


09/11/2014 at 18:41
I read this post with interest. Whilst I enjoy keeping fit in general it's running which makes me feel like I'm actually alive. I'm now injured and I feel so depressed. Going to book into a physio tomorrow but I just feel like when I talk about this to anybody who isn't on the same wavelength then I feel like I'm an alien and they really don't understand. Just get the typical "don't be silly" "rest will do you good anyway" "you don't have anything to be depressed about" and so on. so now I just keep quiet and try to deal with these episodes alone. I think I do need to try and get something else in my life so that when I do get injured I don't feel totally lost and angry and in despair.

Anyway. I just wanted to say hi.
13/11/2014 at 23:37

Hi samsunguser.  It certainly is difficult for people to understand how important it is to be able to keep running for some people.  I find that everything in running seems to be just about physical health and fitness but for me it feels like a totally different world which others just don't seem to understand.  I do seem to be gradually getting out and doing a bit more running now - having recently gone onto different anti-depressants (the 4th lot I've tried) - but the anxiety is still a major problem and I still don't feel at a point where I'm actually able to enjoy the running.  I turned out a club session tonight and discovered to my horror that it was a hills session.  I really need to put that one out of my mind now as it certainly did my confidence no good at all.  Anyway, hope you are able to get up and running again soon.


06/04/2015 at 13:05

Boing!  Hi, not been on RW for ages so thought I'd pop in and say hi, see old faces and wave to the new ones. Hope everyone is okay. I've been well for 2 years now. Not run much though, just starting to get back into it now.  


06/04/2015 at 22:08

Hi Soupy

Good to hear things are good with you.  I should point out that I am former 'Lincoln Runner' who finally decided to come up with a proper name - based on orienteering club colours, running club colours and the football team. 

Been through some tough times myself but have had some great support and things have certainly been moving onwards lately and for the better.  Long way to go though and a lot of challenges ahead though.  I am being fairly non-specific here with good reason but will send you a friend request on FB.


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