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HELP - i'm depressed and can't get myself to exercise!!

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by edp444, Mar 2, 2011.

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  1. edp444

    edp444 New Member

    i know exercise is extremely important when you're depressed, but i can't motivate myself to save my life--literally.

    i have always been a very athletic person, but in the last year i can't get myself to move.

    if you have any suggestions or inspirational stories, i could use it. i've been battling depression for about 5 years now...i'm hanging on by a thread. my usual bag of coping tricks aren't working. i know endorphins could offer some temporary relief.

    hanging on by a thread,
  2. nolonger

    nolonger Well-Known Member

    Have you ever sought therapy/medication?
  3. edp444

    edp444 New Member

    yes. i take way too many meds and am seeing a therapist weekly. plus, i'm now working with a wholistic healer (trying alternative options). i even had an ECT/TMS consultation, but can't take 4-6 weeks off of work for ECT.
  4. bluegrey

    bluegrey Antiquities Friend

    I run 20-30 miles a week because it helps my depression and anxiety better than medication. I have a runner's light build but not the engine (VO2 max/lactate threshold) so it's not easy but it has become second nature to just throw on the shoes and reflective gear and run.

    Edp444, I believe in therapy and lifestyle methods much more than conventional medications though I take a few. There are studies which conclude that systemic exercise is as effective as antidepressant medication in combatting mild to moderate depression as are meditative techniques especially mindfulness. Good luck, be well and hang on.
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