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10 December 2009 @ 04:24 pm
Note to self and friends  
Okay, starting yesterday, my own depression symptoms have gotten markedly worse (on a scale of 1-10, I'd say I went from a 2 on Tuesday to about a 6 yesterday). I'm apologizing for everything, even more than usual, and feeling twitchy and anxious and guilty as hell. I suspect right now I could fail a lie detector test asking nothing more threatening than "State your full name and date of birth." I'm not worried about it yet; it could just be a short-term blip. However, I'm noting here as a way of keeping myself honest.

The psych nurse practitioner did say when I saw her last month that some new research is linking depression to levels of Vitamin D3, and that taking a supplement is helpful to some people, so I will swing by one of the health-food stores on my way home and pick up a bottle. It can't do me any harm, I don't think, as long as I don't go way the hell overboard (one of the things I remember from high school: the fat-soluble vitamins are A, D, E, and K, and they can pile up in the system if you take too much, unlike the water-solubles that wash out with your urine).
 
 
Bladerunnerbldrnrpdx on December 11th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Another low-cost, low-tech thing for depression is moderate exercise. It's tough to go for long walks outside in winter, yes, but even some serious housework goes a long way. I've been trying hard to do at least 10-20 minutes of something in the morning before I leave for work, like handweights or walking in place or things like that. At night, sometimes I go to the mall and walk for an hour or so. I've noticed it makes a big difference in my anxiety and depression levels.