View Poll Results: Did you have depression after spinal cord injury

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  • No, I was not depressed and never took medication.

    35 16.43%
  • Yes, I was mildly depressed and took short-term anti-depression medicaation.

    25 11.74%
  • Yes, I was depressed and took long-term anti-depression drugs medication

    67 31.46%
  • Yes, I was depressed but never took anti-depressant medication.

    86 40.38%
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Thread: Depression after Spinal Cord Injury

  1. #21
    2 years after that little girl moved in, I'm helping raise her, and she truely is the light in my life. Everything I do is for her. And she makes me want to get up in the morning and just be a better person in general. Some days things still get me down, but the days that I"m smiling and just happy to be alive surpass those.[/QUOTE]

    WOW, I loved reading this. How wonderful for you to recognize the gifts in your life. You needed her and she needed you. She is a very lucky little girl!

  2. #22
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    Nov 2009
    Galloway, Ohio
    Depression....for me...heck yes! Sarah...not so much. I am sure that she has had her moments....but I have had many more! No medication for Sarah. Her saying is... "It is what it is". She is a strong young woman! I am so proud of her! I am the weak one. She would tell you that I can cry at the drop of a hat. Sometimes I can cry over this madness easier than that. I am still in disbelief 2 1/2 years later. But my daughter makes me stronger. Seeing her grasp living independently is awesome! Every day she is trying new things and doing so much more without having me around. Life is going great for her right now!

  3. #23
    I was misdiagnosed w/ depression while in inpatient rehab but even the psychiatrist has since admitted that diagnosis was more "convenient" than accurate.

    Unfortunately, I was on the antidepressant for almost a year before I finally wised up and realized it was doing nothing for me but making me gain weight.

  4. #24
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    Dec 2010
    new zealand
    I cant remember my childhood(it was rehab based and I have blocked it out)

    The only thing my disability stops me doing is being the person I would and should be

    but i have a likeable life

    the fact have really good(assholes say it walking) leg function depresses the fuck out me i cant handle being inbetween the wheeling world and the ab world 1 or the other please im begging you (this causes self harm)

    my hand function used to depress me because i was told there was nothing i could do or that it would be a waste of time(my mum thinks amputation will be the best thing and she said 1 of my private therapists backed her up he doesn't)
    Last edited by cyfskid; 08-10-2011 at 06:53 PM.

  5. #25
    I think I am not depresssed, but it's hard to get through the day without something bumming you out, it's how you manage to pull out of it that makes it or not.
    AB people complaining bums me out. Why complain to me? I'll gladly trade you.
    People who disable themselves perplexes me to no end - WTF, people?
    All my friends who just disappeared makes me sad at points, but I have extra time for my "real" friends.
    People who you have not seen for years who drive by your house every day & never stop by and then you go out to a rare dinner or concert & they want to bombard you with.......them.
    Mostly.......It's not that I'm morose or in a bad mood - this is just as fired up as I can be & be in this much FUCKING PAIN!
    I'm dealing here, folks - I'm doing the best I can. How about a "good on ya" or a "you look so good" or a "atta boy" instead of "wow! that looks hard!" "I don't know how you do it" or "boy - at least you're alive - what a miracle!"

  6. #26
    Steve, I really get frustrated when individuals say to Robbie or me "I dont know how you do it" or "that looks so hard I wouldnt be able to do that". How the heck do they know???? Do we really have any other options at this point????

    Sarahs Mom, I just went off my meds after being on them for a few years. Robbie hasnt needed them but I did. I feel pretty good now but it was a rough couple of weeks.

  7. #27
    I said no, but i have had moments. Really don't have time to deal with my head right now, I may some day.

  8. #28
    I was surprised to find out I was taking Ativan for anxiety when I was in Rehab. Because I didn't think I was depressed or anything. I had to convince the psychologist that I was ok and finally I was allowed to get off of it. The story was that I was given Ativan when I got discharged from the hospital ( I went straight from hospital to rehab ) and they were just continuing the medication!

  9. #29
    To follow up on my previous post, I got depressed a few weeks after injury - if crying over any and everything is considered depression. No I didn't get back on any antidepressant med. Everything was going so fast I didn't have time to react until later, I have slow reaction time.

  10. #30
    I was on it before my accident for a year. After my accident and dealing with a life changing event, I spiraled out of control. I quit eating and drinking, also lost over 90 pounds. Upon visiting my doctor, he changed my depression medication and put me on megestrol. It did the trick and has helped with my depression. Yes, there are some days I get down but not to the point that I was.

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