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08 Oct 2011, 9:28 pm

I've been having depressive episodes for the past few years, and the doctor who diagnosed me said that was pretty normal for AS. What do I do about them? I get worn out and sad right around sunset, and the episode lasts until seven or eight at night. Can anyone help?


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08 Oct 2011, 10:28 pm

I force myself to do what I least want to do when depressed. I start excercising again. I swim. The endorphins start to kick in within about a week of daily excercise. I start with 1/2 hr per session no less than every second day.

Walking, running, weight lifting, excercise machines all work to produce endorphins.



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08 Oct 2011, 11:20 pm

Had an episode of deep, deep depression last night into this morning. This ep came with the bonus stress headache, too. Took 4 advil and walked 7 miles. Felt much better later in the day.



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10 Oct 2011, 8:51 pm

If i am depressed it comes in streaks, a bit here and a bit there.., i usually just go to sleep or go for a walk. or i watch the pursuit of happyness and cry till i die :P


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11 Oct 2011, 12:17 am

regular exercise does wonders



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11 Oct 2011, 12:46 am

The things that have worked best for me over the years sound a little silly perhaps but here goes:

1. singing out loud, often - particularly when upset or down
2. reassuring myself that everything is ok, again better done out loud but possibly not when others are around
3. going for a walk - I tend to walk to a supermarket and stroll through the aisles somewhat aimlessly which is weird when supermarkets can be one of my main areas of stress at other times. It's something I used to do when I wanted to self-harm to get around people and hence away from danger so I guess it just stuck.
4. eating chocolate or drinking a hot chocolate drink, sometimes even holding the warm mug helps

I've done therapy and stuff, but have found the above tends to be more useful for me.


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