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BellaVita
08-31-14, 03:32 AM
I've been sickish lately....feel more sick tonight so maybe I'm confusing depression with being sick or maybe both but....

Got worse triggered by stress.

Been sleeping all day(several days in a row), low energy, with bouts of hyperactivity trying to compensate for low energy and brain not working, brain feels half asleep all the time.

Anxiety is high too.

Guess I just needed to get this off my chest....

stef
08-31-14, 10:14 AM
There's often a day in winter, where I think i'm depressed because it's cold and rainy and I'm freezing cold, but i'm in fact coming down with the flu (which is why I'm so cold...)
Sometimes it's hard to tell!
take care of yourself :grouphug:

Rogers1
10-03-14, 11:32 AM
Normalize you daily life. Start your day early with a morning walk in fresh air. Take special care of your diet and join a gym for fitness or stick to some other outdoor activity/sport.

midnightstar
10-03-14, 04:51 PM
:grouphug: hope you feel better soon Bella

Fuzzy12
10-03-14, 04:58 PM
I guess, the physical and mental bits feed each other. Take good care of yourself. :grouphug:

Wrenchman
10-03-14, 05:58 PM
I truly hope you feel better soon !!!!!!

BellaVita
10-04-14, 02:04 AM
Thanks guys! I'm not so depressed anymore, but got sick again cuz a friend of mine (*cough* dvd *cough*) brought a virus over when he came to see me.

It's okay though, just will get extra sleep.

What's really helped - and I'm so serious - for my depression is watching Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, and then practicing with my dog.

I'm actually pretty good at it :D

It's almost like self-awareness meditation. (Using dog psychology and maintaining calm assertive state) For the first time in my life I'm actually able to clear my mind of most anxiety. (When I'm working with Loua) Thank goodness for dogs!

Greyhound1
10-04-14, 04:20 PM
Thanks guys! I'm not so depressed anymore, but got sick again cuz a friend of mine (*cough* dvd *cough*) brought a virus over when he came to see me.

It's okay though, just will get extra sleep.

What's really helped - and I'm so serious - for my depression is watching Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, and then practicing with my dog.

I'm actually pretty good at it :D

It's almost like self-awareness meditation. (Using dog psychology and maintaining calm assertive state) For the first time in my life I'm actually able to clear my mind of most anxiety. (When I'm working with Loua) Thank goodness for dogs!

Dogs can do a lot for your physical and mental health.

A UK study reveals that owning a dog is good for your health. And having a pet dog improves your physical and mental wellbeing more than having a cat.

This is the conclusion of a study by a senior lecturer, Dr Deborah Wells, from the Canine Behaviour Centre of Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Dr Wells has published her study in the British Journal of Health Psychology.

The study is a review of research papers that have explored the connection between domestic dog ownership and human wellbeing. In her research Dr Wells found papers that suggest domestic dog ownership can prevent people from getting ill, recover more quickly when they do fall ill, and give warning of early signs of cancer, seizures and hypoglycaemia.

She also explored the research into dogs and human psychological health, including the therapeutic role that dogs play in aiding the disabled and also in hospitals, prisons and residential homes.

An Israeli research paper said it was likely that animal companions helped people with schizophrenia feel motivated and calmer. And another UK study suggested that the companionship of a dog helped children with chronic illnesses endure painful treatments.

Some of the evidence was found to be weak, but in other areas Dr Wells found strong evidence to suggest that dog owners have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and are less likely to have minor and serious health problems.

In one paper dated 1985, Dr Wells found that dog owners had an 8.6 higher one year survival rate after a heart attack compared to people who did not have a dog.

Dr Wells suggests there could be a number of reasons for the health benefits of dog ownership. There is the more obvious direct effect of increased physical activity, but then there are also indirect effects such as that brought by increased social contact and the possibility that the human-dog bond provides a psychological buffer against stress.

Comparing cat and dog ownership, Dr Wells found evidence that people who take cats and dogs from rescue centres reported reductions in minor health problems such as headaches, dizzy spells and colds as soon as one month after taking their new companion home. However, it was only those people who had taken dogs, as opposed to cats, that still had the improved health conditions up to ten months later.

BellaVita
10-05-14, 05:27 AM
Wow! So cool Greyhound!

She really has a major affect on my mood.

Rain or sunshine, sick or not, I *always* take her for at least a 45 min run/walk and I'm finding that to help my mood tremendously - and giving me a sense of accomplishment and confidence.

Also, I have bad social anxiety but soooo many people come up to me to pet Loua and I've actually made a couple friends because of her! I talk to 3 people almost daily I would've NEVER spoken to if it weren't for her.

She's really "healing" me.

rickymooston
10-12-14, 11:29 PM
I'm a bit depressed but likely it's not clinical. Simply circumstances partly related to my ADHD.

Let's say, my wife, who was so supportive when we were dating, sometimes loses patience ...

On the other hand, in trying to keep her happy, I think, I've improved some of my life skills; e.g., I can drive now and am learning to navigate.