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Author Topic: Some thoughts on mental health issues in January?  (Read 1646 times)

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Offline Newguy

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Some thoughts on mental health issues in January?
« on: January 11, 2013, 06:42:34 PM »
Hi everyone

So I was diagnosed last year in March and started treatment this November on Truvada and Isentress. I don't know what my numbers are post treatment because I requested not to see my doctor. Instead he gave me a years prescription and a year's worth of requisite forms to get my panel blood work done. If there were a problem he said he would call. No call from him since my last blood work no problem. I like this system as I see no need to go and see him every four months.

However my question is this. I had a great last semester in Fall. Considering my situation and starting treatment I managed a 4.0 average in a graduate program in the sciences. I also went through an extensive interview process for a great job and managed to get it! Take that HIV! Dec I went home and was spoiled by my parents for the good work and literally  did nothing for the three week break, just eat and veg. Now back at school for the second term I AM SO DEPRESSED. Oh my god it hit me hard last week and it is brutal. Is this the meds or just back to the grind January disorder (Is there such a thing?) I felt great on the meds since I started as I felt my energy levels bounce and my mental health was fine. I feel awful, but a lot of people around me say the same thing. So I don't want to focus too much on the meds maybe it is just the return to reality?

Any thoughts would be great.

Best

Offline WillyWump

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Re: Some thoughts on mental health issues in January?
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2013, 07:01:25 PM »
Hi everyone

So I was diagnosed last year in March and started treatment this November on Truvada and Isentress. I don't know what my numbers are post treatment because I requested not to see my doctor. Instead he gave me a years prescription and a year's worth of requisite forms to get my panel blood work done. If there were a problem he said he would call. No call from him since my last blood work no problem. I like this system as I see no need to go and see him every four months.

However my question is this. I had a great last semester in Fall. Considering my situation and starting treatment I managed a 4.0 average in a graduate program in the sciences. I also went through an extensive interview process for a great job and managed to get it! Take that HIV! Dec I went home and was spoiled by my parents for the good work and literally  did nothing for the three week break, just eat and veg. Now back at school for the second term I AM SO DEPRESSED. Oh my god it hit me hard last week and it is brutal. Is this the meds or just back to the grind January disorder (Is there such a thing?) I felt great on the meds since I started as I felt my energy levels bounce and my mental health was fine. I feel awful, but a lot of people around me say the same thing. So I don't want to focus too much on the meds maybe it is just the return to reality?

Any thoughts would be great.

Best

Interesting. I do know that my cousin has to start taking Anti-depressants in the winter, but I think that is due to the weather. She lives in Northern Maine and they get all snow and no sun for months.



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Offline Newguy

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Re: Some thoughts on mental health issues in January?
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2013, 07:12:52 PM »
Thanks Willy

I am in Montreal and the weather here is similar to Northern Maine. I would rather think it is the time of year rather than the meds.

Thanks for your reply.

Offline tednlou2

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Re: Some thoughts on mental health issues in January?
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2013, 12:02:31 AM »
Some could get really deep and question whether you just miss the comfort of your parents.  I do think the weather is a huge culprit, especially on those with pre-existing depression.  I know that I often feel bad, physically and mentally, on cloudy, rainy, dreary days.  On sunny days, I often feel much better.  I have more motivation.  I am more social.  When I use to tan in the winter, it would cause me to feel better. 

But, clinical depression can't be solved by sunlight alone.  If you feel this is more than S.A.D, then think about seeing someone. 

Hope ya feel better.  Let us know whether it is getting worse or better. 

Offline Rockin

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Re: Some thoughts on mental health issues in January?
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2013, 05:33:15 AM »
I always feel that any physical activity can be a great cure for depression.

Offline RWR

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Re: Some thoughts on mental health issues in January?
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2013, 11:48:10 AM »
I was feeling down and out of sorts.  Two months ago the Doctor put me on Bupropion 150 mg.  That and my vitamins and I am keeping my New Years resolutions up.  Put the younger ones to shame last night in my kettlebell class.  Good luck.

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Offline Newguy

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Re: Some thoughts on mental health issues in January?
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2013, 02:52:27 PM »
Thanks for all your replies! I do feel a lot better today. Maybe I do miss my mother? God I am 36 years old and I still get sad when I leave home!

Best to all and a great 2013!

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Re: Some thoughts on mental health issues in January?
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2013, 06:09:58 AM »
Hi Newguy,

Even though I've been diagnosed for a much longer time, I can certainly relate to being depressed at having to return to "the grind." 

I am half way through a graduate program, work at an ASO, and during the winter break from school, my employer also shuts down for a week.  That is like heaven.  When I have to return to work in January, I feel like I'm forcing myself back.  Then, when school starts the next week (we only get two weeks off school), I really feel like I'm dragging and feel a little blue. 

It's like a catharsis when I have a break from both work and school, and having to go back to both is, well, taxing.  So I can relate.  Of course the initial depression did pass for me, I still wish it was December again so I can look forward to another break.  Great job, by the way!

Betty
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Offline Newguy

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Re: Some thoughts on mental health issues in January?
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2013, 11:25:26 AM »
Thanks for the reply Betty!

Great job to you too on the grad program. I wish you the best of luck with it and a great 2013.

I am definitely feeling better but it was a scary week to say the least!


 


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