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Within a few months, I experienced a family loss and a personal tragedy, on top of that. My health, as a result, is being neglected.

I try to stay positive, I have started seeing a therapist, I took a few months off work and got a new job, I keep a journal, I have a good partner, I try to stay social – I am doing everything I can do to stay healthy.

But I still gain weight – due to lethargy, lack of motivation, sadness.

How can I motivate myself every day to be healthy and get out of this rut? I have been this way for about 5 months.

Thu. May 22, 4:53pm

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Perhaps you have depression. There are many treatment options.

You could also have your thyroid tested, and other bloodwork (low iron level? low b-vitamins?)

Thursday, May 22, 2008, 4:57 PM

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Sounds like very serious depression to me. You're seeing a therapist though. What do they think?

Thursday, May 22, 2008, 6:40 PM

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A therapist is a good first step.

Keep in mind that major traumas cause your body to release chemicals that help you deal with the crisis. They can stay in your body for months, causing depression like symptoms. It makes it hard to get motivated, when your bodily chemicals are telling you to sleep, you can't focus or make decisions. (this is true, ask your therapist).

Exercise is the BEST and fastest way to flush your body of these toxins and get you back to normal, if not increasing seratonin production.

I am not against medications, I think there is a definate need. But you can attribute this to a moment in your life. I would try to sweat myself outta trouble first.

Motivation is the toughest, especially with your symptoms.
You are not alone.
Good Luck

Thursday, May 22, 2008, 7:00 PM

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It can take a while to reset after upheaval. You've gone through massive changes.

I find walking with an iPod, playing something uplifting, has done wonders. You may not feel like doing it, but it's great when you're out walking. It gets some basic exercise in, and give an opportunity for the mind to reset. I had to decide that I wasn't good to anybody else if I didn't take time for myself, reset.

Don't rush to meds unless there's a clear-cut case for them, they'll mask symptoms but won't fix the problem.

Thursday, June 05, 2008, 4:09 AM

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See if there are any walking, hiking or biking groups in your area. It will be new people to interact with and a commitment to get out once or twice a week.

Thursday, June 05, 2008, 11:07 AM

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