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I Have Never Been This Depressed!
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Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 5:41 PM
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Originally posted by: younghope1

I think I am at an all time low, I have never been so depressed! Yes, I take an anti-depressant which helps. It is all about not being able to find a job.

I am going back to Walmart to re-apply, I think my application has probably expired. Austin starts school on Thursday and I just don't know what I will do with myself. I do my housework which doesn't take long with just me and him here and 2 cats.

Just keep me in your prayers.

Tracy
Anonymous
Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 5:41 PM
Originally posted by: Callie in Boston

How about doing housecleaning for others?
Anonymous
Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 5:41 PM
Originally posted by: Lisa 428

Tracy,

I'm sorry you are so down in the dumps. Perhaps a call to your doctor and a meds tweak may be in order?

Have you made any new friends where you live?

Perhaps join a church or temple group?

I think Johanna has given you some good advice about your job search.

I can't believe Austin is going to be 17! That's wonderful. You've done a great job with him.

If you are that down you should call the helpline @ 1-800-272-3900 and speak with someone now!!

Thinking of you and Austin. HUGS!
Anonymous
Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 5:41 PM
Originally posted by: younghope1

Hi John, I do go to church and am very active in their activities when they come about. Some of the members know I have dementia but see me for an hour on Sunday and I seem so well to them so they tend to forget I am limited in my abilities. My faith and my son is what has gotten me this far.

Tracy
Anonymous
Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 5:41 PM
Originally posted by: vjh

sitting at home and being bored is probably not good. have you looked into the senior programs in your area as an opportunity to volunteer and to socialize.
Anonymous
Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 5:41 PM
Originally posted by: John891

Tracy,

Would going to a church help? Maybe doing church activities and socializing with others will help. Although, I'm not religious I have used a church setting to relieve depression.
Anonymous
Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 5:41 PM
Originally posted by: geegee

Tracy, I went back to edit my post above. It was within the time I could begin editing, so I did; but I guess my AD brain was too slow...as usual. Big Grin Anyway, I ran out of time and it didn't accept my changes/edit.

So, there are things I wrote that I was going to rewrite or remove. What is done is done.

Just so concerned for your well being and I, like so many others, want the best for you.

Just remind yourself of all your strengths and all you have accomplished in the past. Count those as wonderful Memories. Then, accept your "new" strengths of

Today. It is who and what we are Today that matters (especially when we have a dementia dx). None of us in life stay the same. We constantly change. We just

have to try to make the best of those changes to have the best "Today" that we can. We can't live in the past or in those wonderful Memories. We can love them,

but we have to live in Today. Tracy, you have Today and are making plans for many good tomorrows for you and Austin.

Take the steps to make sure you get help for this depression. Many love and care for you. Austin is at the top of that list. Call your doctor and the Helpline, please. Smiler

We care!
Anonymous
Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 5:41 PM
Originally posted by: geegee

Tracy, I .SO hate to hear how down you are! You have been trying so earnestly and struggled these past weeks/months to do the best for you and Austin.

You have met a lot of disappointments. You must be down more because of the school testing and that whole brain functioning realization. Frowner Lisa was so

good in explaining the facts of it for you. She has faced it; I have had to face it, and so many more. It's not easy, but it is a sad, sad, fact.

It sounds like you just don't have anyone there you feel you can talk to. Is that the case? I know we are great and all Big Grin ...but I hope you have a real live

person to talk to. That does NOT include your ex. He lives away and his advice does not appear to have your best interests at heart. He just says what will make

it easier for him to cope with your unhappiness and struggle with money! Sure he wants you to be happy.

You do not have to be alone in this. You are NOT alone in this. We will help you any way we can. Budgeting money can be hard. People without brain functioning

disabilities have problems so it is understandable that we do. Wink

Since you have a set amount of money that comes in each month, we just need to see how we can find someone to help you budget and manage your money for you.

I encourage you to please call the Helpline and talk to a Care Consultant when you are feeling this depressed and low. We are all concerned for you and we feel
helpless and limited in ways we can help. Just know that we care and we are here.

Tracy, the Helpline and the Care Consultant Social Workers is a hand that is held out to you, waiting to help you.

Take care.
Anonymous
Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 5:41 PM
Originally posted by: Steve_SanJose

Depression is commun with AD. I no longer work.My last job was with walmart. I also take antidressents. Just by them selfs ,no good. You need to stsy active. Try ADC. Younger people then a SR Center. Ialso go tochurch. Stsying social is importent, indepression mangament.
Anonymous
Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 5:41 PM
Originally posted by: Johanna C.

To our dear Tracy:

Such good advice has been given.

It is understandable there is a little separation lonliness with Austin's returning to school.

Being lonely has tremendous effects on any of us folks. Loneliness indeed affects our mood and depression can be a bit more felt.

I think it is truly a time to revisit your specialists and see if a bit of medication tweaking and assessment is in order. And yes, do remember the Helpline.

Also, if you have access to counseling or a support group for those with dementia, this would be the best time to get in touch with the counselor and/or group.

It is also good to look at this as a positive - Austin is growing up. He is nearing manhood and is such a good kid which says wonderful things about your loving care and about him as a person in his own right.

Parents strive for their children to grow and become independent adults. Austin is on his way to that becoming a reality in his future - they will always love us, and we love them enough to know we must let them fly from the nest.

In that light, the parent would be best served by gaining a foothold with different social groups, helping groups, counseling, volunteerism; all these things will help a person to establish themself as the chld successfully grows into an independent young adult.

Have you thought of volunteering? If there are Adult Daycare services in your area, perhaps they use volunteers. LIbraries and Senior Centers use volunteers. Churches, whether it is the one you attend or not use volunteers. You may inquire at CIty Hall about your community groups and may find a good fit for yourself.

Volunteering helps us to make friends and relieves some of that loneliness.

I so hope that as the holiday season draws close, that something comes thru with Wal-Mart for you. We're here and we're listening.

Johanna C.
Anonymous
Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 5:41 PM
Originally posted by: Lisa 428

Tracy,

Hi, thinking of you and Austin.

Do you enjoy listening to music? I do, when I'm alone and can just relax and take in the music and songs.

Do you have some old favorites? Try listening to them in your quiet home without disturbances.
Try not to listen to love songs or blues, pick out some light, happy music.

Music that may help you remember some good happy times in your past and even make you happy and laugh. Try dancing and singing to the music. This can be lots of fun!
Thinking of you and Austin. Finding some support groups may really help too.

Good Luck, Tracy. {{{{HUGS}}}}