In Reply to: Life can be tough, couldn't it? posted by Lyle on April 14, 2003 at 04:28:45:
Hi Lyle. I read your post with interest and wanted to respond because I know that one thing which some people deal with is clinical depression. This is every bit as real as dealing with diabetes and needing insulin and/or a special diet to keep it in check. I am not saying this is what you have, but I am talking about this because in the fam. there was such a general taboo about using doctors and an association with that and being a less "spiritual" person. And psychiatry was viewed as evil.
I think that as exers, we owe it to ourselves to get a complete physical checkup, to include ruling out depression, and so on. The blues can be normal from time to time, but if it lasts and it is something that has to be fought continually, it is just so unnecessary! There are so many good medications now with virtually no side effects that allow for a better quality of life. If a diabetic that needed insulin did not take it, they might be able to avoid serious consequences to their health or even death for quite some time trying to juggle everything (not too much stress, right diet, carry around something for emergency...etc.)before finally succumbing to their disease.
The effects of clinical depression are just that devastating. No one has to live with that, and people are often rejected for having a "negative" attitude because of not treating an easily treatable illness.
So maybe none of this applies to you. But maybe to someone else. What are your thoughts on this?