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Help with clinical depression and chronic, progressive illness
June 27, 2007
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I have had clinical depression controlled on meds for about 10 years. Two years ago I was diagnosed as having possible ALS but as time went on they changed it to primary lateral sclerosis. I am still having troubles adjusting to my own needs. I put everyone else ahead of me and fail to do things for myself. My psychiatrist said I should find some books about coping with these illnesses but I have come up empty handed. I rarely get out, spending about 12 hours a day on my computer. I know I am having a low esteem crisis but not sure how to get past it. I have tried doing things just for myself - like having my hair cut - and it makes me feel good until I get home and there is another bill to pay and then I feel guilty. Any ideas on books to read would be appreciated.

June 27, 2007
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u and me sound so much alike...Idk books but i am the exact same way as u just described rite now...if im not at work or at school im here on the computer and being depressed....

June 27, 2007
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Here is a link I found for the ALS Association. They do "walks" and other support projects for ALS patients and their families, as well as research. Try contacting them and getting involved. It might help you very much.

http://www.alsa.org/

- Ma Strong

June 28, 2007
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((((okayhelpneeded))))

Depression is hard enough on its own. I hope you get support for both things. You are right, not getting out makes it even more difficult. Is it depression that keeps you in or physical illness? If it is the depression, I understand that this is a problem we have to fight by "acting as if" we don't feel that way. I'm kind of a home body myself, but when I get out- sometimes it can help. Not always, but you never know.

Sometimes you can do things that don't cost a lot of money. Do you have a laptop that you can take with you? Or is your computer too heavy? If not take it, or a book and simply read in Starbucks (if you have one) or a diner or a Barnes and Noble if any of these places are near by. The most you will have to spend if you don't want is like a dollar for spring water, or a cup of coffee at the diner.

What do you think? It's still being a lone... but the air and the light sometimes help.

warm wishes,
ella

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